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Top 8 Splendid Chinese New Year Decorations In Penang 2020

Hello, everyone! In a blink of an eye and we’re almost halfway through January. And that means Chinese New Year is approaching soon! With the red colour starting to pop up more often, we’re starting to get the CNY vibe. If you’re still wondering where to take really pretty Instagram photos for CNY, then you’ve got to keep reading because we’ve listed the top 8 places with splendid CNY decorations in Penang.

Top 8 Splendid Chinese New Year Decorations In Penang 2020

 1. Sunway Carnival

Located in the town centre of Seberang Jaya, Sunway Carnival is the main shopping mall that brings many youngsters and families together. Decorated with blooming cherry blossoms, gourd vineyard, and red lanterns, they’ve also got a traditional Chinese tower standing in the middle of the atrium. All worth it for an Instagram photo.

Sunway Carnival Mall CNY

Sunway Carnival Mall CNY

Apart from that, they’ve also got many stalls to stock up on CNY gifts and hampers. Located on the upper and lower ground floors, you can find snacks like JMM cookies to dried seafood products here too. And once you’ve ticked off your shopping list, hop on with your family and friends to their activity stations for traditional fan painting and calligraphy giveaway.

Sunway Carnival Mall CNY

Sunway Carnival Mall CNY

Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Location: 3068, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

2. Queensbay Mall

Absorbing tourists and locals to its central atrium, Queensbay Mall never disappoint us with its festive decorations for Chinese New Year. Unlike any other ones you’ve seen before, this year, Queensbay Mall has transferred into a majestic Ocean Palace. One corner you see fan-shaped shells with a sparkly pearl in the middle and in the other corner, you spot a cute turtle that means ‘homecoming’ in Chinese.

It’s a little adventure for you to explore, but there’s actually more than just the decorations. Exciting events like creative mask changing, traditional drum to LED dragon dance performances will also pop up from now until February 2nd. Besides that, there’s also a lunar celebration bazaar located at the lower ground floor for you to complete your shopping list for CNY.

Operating Hours: 10:30AM – 10:30PM

Location: Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

3. Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza is always packed with crowds, be it during festive seasons or on a normal weekend. This time, they’ve turned their Centre Atrium into the illuminating streets of Shanghai and it’s bringing back traditional essence into the air. Conventional ding ding tram that’s located next to the neon-lighted signages, it makes you wonder whether you’ve time-traveled back into the 1920s.

Photo: Gurney Plaza (Facebook)
Photo: Gurney Plaza

There’s also a luxurious boutique fashion-showing the beauty of traditional attires located just next to the tram. Apart from the photo-taking section, there are exciting activities held on January 18 and 19th from Acrobatic Lion Dance to all day CNY Bazaar. Here’s more information on their time schedule. 

Photo: Gurney Plaza
Photo: Gurney Plaza

Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Location: 170, Gurney Dr, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Penang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

4. Design Village

Our first shopping outlet in Penang, Design Village is joining the crowd for CNY decorations too. It’s another spot that brings warmth and festive vibe into the air while you enjoy shopping in the countless rows of stores. So when you’re feeling a bit tired after your shopping spree, don’t forget to take some Insta-worthy photos with your family and friends before you leave!

Photo: @Design Village (Instagram)
Photo: @Design Village (Instagram)

Moreover, there’s a list of workshops and performances ready to fascinate you. From the must-have Lion Dance performances to CNY cupcake making workshops, the lists of to-do list just goes on. So check out their schedule of events before you go. In case you miss out on any of their fun events!

Photo: Design Village (Facebook)
Photo: Design Village (Facebook)

Operating Hours: 11AM – 10PM

Location: 733, Jalan Cassia Barat 2, Bandar Cassia, 14110, Penang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

5. Gurney Paragon

Another spot to capture amazing photos for CNY is at Gurney Paragon. A little round stage that’s decorated in blasting red colours and filled with lanterns that’s brightly lit up. They’ve also got cultural performances all the way from Shandong to perform here so stay tuned to that!

Photo: @niyifan91 (Instagram)
Photo: @niyifan91 (Instagram)

Aside from the main atrium, the walkway right in front of the atrium is also filled with Chinese New Year decorations. A vintage room that’s filled with an old Shanghainese women vibe, you’ll also spot an elegantly sewn Cheongsam here too. And if you’re someone who wants to learn something new, join their workshops like calligraphy or kite-making class!

Photo: Gurney Paragon (Instagram)
Photo: Gurney Paragon (Facebook)

Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Location: 163-D, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

6. Straits Quay

For those staying up North in the Penang island, you can’t forget about Straits Quay, right? As the first seafront retail marina in Penang, Straits Quay has turned into a red Chinese garden that you can wander around. With little bridges that hunch over ponds and willow trees that sway when the wind blows, it’s as if you’re in China.

Photo: Straits Quay (Facebook)
Photo: Straits Quay (Facebook)

Other than the beautiful garden, there are many fun activities available too! From Lion Dance Head Origami workshops to the highly anticipated Chap Goh Meh celebration by the sea, it’s going to be an ongoing fun event until February 9.

Photo: Straits Quay (Facebook)
Photo: Straits Quay (Official)

Operating Hours: (Mon-Sun)9AM – 1AM  |  (Sat) 9AM – 12AM

Location: Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 10470 Tanjong Tokong, Penang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

7. Aspen Central Island Park Batu Kawan

Yes, you’ve heard it right. It’s that beautiful park that has flowers hanging from the top. For Chinese New Year, they’ve transformed into a colourful park that has cherry blossoms everywhere. It’s definitely the must-go place to take some memorable CNY photos. And don’t forget to walk into this signature tunnel that’ll make you lift your head up the whole time because it’s too beautiful to resist.

Photo: Yean Yu (Facebook)
Photo: Aspen Group (Facebook)

Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Location: Aspen Vision City, Lebuhraya Bandar Cassia, 14100 Batu Kawan, Pulau Pinang.

Links: Facebook

8. 1st Avenue

Last but not least, located in the hearts of the bustling streets of Georgetown that has pretty decorations for CNY is 1st Avenue Mall. A little wooden bridge where you are surrounded by bamboo shoots and cute cherry blossoms. It’s a mini Insta-worth spot to take photos with your family and friends. And if you look above, you see endless rows of red lanterns as if your luck is endless too.

Photo: @akatham_mun_seong (Instagram)
Photo: @lim.zhengyang.50 (Instagram)

Operating Hours: 11AM – 10PM

Location: 182, Jalan Magazine, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Links: Facebook | Instagram

Here comes to the end of our list of ‘Top 8 Splendid Chinese New Year Decorations In Penang 2020’ and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading. With less than a month to the first day of Chinese New Year, we hope this list will be helpful when you’re searching for places to take good CNY photos. Let us know where is your favourite spot to take CNY photos in the comment section below. See you in the next post!

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