With its collection of colonial buildings, charming rows of shophouses, and quirky street art, Penang has, no doubt, a multitude of picturesque nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered and captured! Yet have you ever wondered how this magnificent island looks from birds-eye-view.
Amazing Drone Shots Of Penang
We did and so here we are with this time around with magnificent drone shots that will put a stop to many of your plans to travel overseas to capture aesthetic shots when this island provides more than we can imagine.
#1 The Penang Island
Facts: Penang was part of the Malay sultanate of Kedah until 1786 when Captain Francis Light built a fort at the site of present-day Georgetown and managed to get the island ceded to the British East India Company. Penang became the first British outpost in Southeast Asia in 1786. The island, along with Malacca and Singapore, was one of the three British Straits Settlements.
#2 Pengkalan Weld @ Weld Quay
Weld Quay was created as part of a massive land reclamation project in George Town in the late 19th century, which pushed the coastline further east. During the heyday of British rule, Weld Quay was home to the Port of Penang, which was then one of the major ports in Malaya.
#3 Chew Jetty
In the 1940s, the clan jetties did not escape the hardship under the Japanese Occupation (1942 to 1945). During those years, all marine activities, including ferrying and fishing, were restricted and the settlers were forced to buy stale, rotting fish in the market. This prompted some of them to saw a hole in their huts’ timber floors for clandestine midnight fishing.
#4 Penang Bridge
Because of how Penang economy was growing rapidly, and causing a congestion on the Ferry terminal. The whole traffic condition in Penang was in deep chaos as well during the 1950s. And during that time, Ferry is viewed as the only available transportation to connect from Penang Island to the Mainland. The people started to suggest in extending the ferry’s service, build a tunnel and even a bridge.
On 23 July 1981, Work Minister S. Samy Velu announced that the Penang Bridge would be constructed by using the cable-stayed concrete girder of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge instead of the steel-tied arch in the style of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
#5 Penang Hill
There were two local companies run by Chinese who provided pony and sedan services plus extra labor to carry supplies up the hill back in the 1950’s. The charge for pony up or down the hill was $1½ and 35cents for a chair coolie . Five to eight coolies were required for each chair and the services of this sedan were normally required by the women, children, the sick and the older genteel. Men and officers would walk the distance. The walk up took roughly 2 – 3hrs but with jungle canopy shading sojourners below along the trail, and the gradual drop in temperature as they ascended towards the 821m peaks, this slow climb was probably bearable
#6 Ayer Itam & Kek Lok Si Temple
The origin of the name is not known but it was named Kampung Melayu after the British gazetted the place as the Malay settlement in the area after the Second World War. The village was formerly a rubber estate and a home to several fruit orchards owned by private individuals.
The Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss, a sprawling hillside structure, is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia. A funicular train transports you to the summit of the hill featuring a giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
KOMTAR, with its 65 stories, occupies an 11-hectare site. The building works begin on 1 January 1974, with the piling works done by the late Tun Abdul Razak. After the building works had gone on for 9 years, a fire suddenly broke out in 1983 on the 43rd floor of the building, devouring the floors above it.
Many Penangites remember that incident, as they look at the building from below, and some wishing that the wind will change to rain to kill off the fire. Firemen were not able to put out the flames, and the flames apparently burned for eight hours straight.
#8 Georgetown City
#9 Floating Mosque
#10 Penang Pesta 2018
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and every corner can be beautiful if you find the beauty within it. Who knew Penang would look this gorgeous from the top! If you happen to know anybody who is a photographer and deserves to be featured in our pictures articles, be sure to tag them in the comments and we’ll get right to it!