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15 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots In Penang That Aren’t Street Art

Hello, friends! As 2019 is ending, it is time to elevate your Instagram game. It is a known fact that Penang is very Instagram-worthy. In fact, it was reported that Penang is one of the most Instagrammed spots in the entire world. With that said, we are going to roll out some of the best places to take some photographs. Dress your best, and head down to these places for some shots!


15 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots In Penang

1. Kek Lok Si

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There are two things that you must do when you visit Penang. a) eat Air Itam’s famous laksa, and b) visit the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Driving through Air Itam, it is hard to miss the large Goddess of Mercy statue that is 120 feet tall. Apart from the tall bronze statue, the temple houses 10,000 alabasters and bronze statues of Buddha. This famous spot was featured on @taramilktea’s Instagram page!

Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

2. BookXcess

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The largest bookstore in the Northern Region is the latest addition to Instagram-worthy spots in Penang. Having the tallest and longest bookshelves in Malaysia, BookXcess at Gurney Paragon houses one million books. Not only is it compulsory for bookworms to visit, but photographers will find irresistible too! Remember to explore both floors of the bookstore as there is a pop art section and a cafe on the second floor.

Address: 163D-7.06-7.16 & L8.02-8.-5, Gurney Paragon, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

3. City Hall

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Unlike new buildings that are minimalist, heritage buildings are a work of art with intricate details. Penang’s City Hall is definitely a good example. The building combines Edwardian Baroque and Palladian architectural styles. Don’t forget to walk over to Penang’s Town Hall to admire the complexity. It has appeared in Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster. Take a snap, and it will look like a postcard!

Address: Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

4. The Blue Mansion

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Nestled in Lebuh Leith, The Blue Mansion can be seen from Lebuh Farquhar. Built in the 19th century by Cheong Fatt Tze, only the best materials were used for its construction. Now, you can stay, dine, and even get married in the iconic structure! With tiny details in every corner, you will definitely level up your Instagram game. Check out The Blue Mansion’s tour to know more about its history.

Address: 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang


Operating Hours: Opens daily, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Link(s): Official Website 

5. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

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The green-hued mansion located at Church Street was once the residence and office of Chung Keng Quee, a 19th-century Chinese tycoon. Now, the mansion contains thousands of Peranakan artifacts. The beautiful spot was also featured in television shows such as The Little Nyonya! Learn about the Peranakan heritage, pretend to live in a different century, and snap away!


Address: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Link(s): Official Website 


6. St. George’s Anglican Church

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Here’s something that you probably didn’t know. Penang has the oldest purpose built Anglican church in Southeast Asia. Introducing, St. George’s Anglican Church! The church has several architecture styles including Neo-Classical, Georgian, and English Paladian. Declared as one of Malaysia’s National Treasures, the beautiful white building is a must-visit.

Address:  1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

7. Tan Jetty

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Scroll through Instagram, and you will bound to find a photograph of Tan Jetty. Similar to Blue Boat House in Australia, there’s a tiny house located at the end of the bridge. The photo spot is located at the end of Tan Jetty, and it oversees the sea. If you are visiting in Penang, the Clan Jetties is a must-visit as there are houses that built on stilts on every corner!

Address: 10300 George Town, Penang

8. Kampung Bakar Kapor

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Here’s another new entry. Meet Kampung Bakar Kapor, an Instagram-worthy village located at Seberang Perai. Cross the bridge, and step into this amazing village with unique structures. One of the unique selling points here is the giant nest hung from the tree! Stroll around to find scarecrows and other interesting structures. Pst, there is a homestay nearby too.

Address: 13100 Penaga, Penang

Read New: Kampung In Seberang Perai Turns Into Instagrammable Spot With Straw-Themed Deco

9. Frog Hill

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This is an adventure of a lifetime! The second spot from the mainland that is featured on this list, Frog Hill boasts amazing views of blue ponds. To see the view, you will need to climb a short hill. Made famous in recent years, the unspoiled view is definitely worth the drive and hike! Be careful though, and you are not allowed to swim in the waters. Time to level up your Instagram game!

Address: Unnamed Road 14400, Kubang Semang, Penang

10. The Habitat

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Are you ready for some stunning views? Located on the top of Penang Hill, The Habitat has several experiences for you to discover. Catch the best sunsets while you are walking on Sunset Walk, and climb all the way up Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk to be on top of the world! Or, just stroll around and learn one or two things about 130 million-year-old rainforest. By the way, there’s a zipline here too!

Address: Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11300 Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Link(s): Official Website

11. Penang Botanic Gardens

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Penang Botanic Gardens is the most beautiful park situated in Penang. A famous spot for locals to exercise, the park consists of numerous types of trees, and plants. Fondly known as Waterfalls Gardens, you will find a waterfall on top, followed by a river flowing through the park. The park is a famous spot for wedding and graduation photoshoots too!

Address: Kompleks Pentadbiran,Bangunan Pavilion, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

12. Pantai Kerachut

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Fun under the sun! On the island, there are many beaches, especially from Tanjung Bungah to Batu Ferringhi. These beaches offer a wide range of watersports and eateries nearby. But, if you are looking for a pristine beach, head all the way to Penang National Park. Nestled in the national park, Pantai Kerachut offers pine trees, white sands, and (almost) blue waters.

Address: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, 11050 George Town, Penang

13. Hin Bus Depot

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Hin Bus Depot is a gem! It was once an old bus depot but now it has been transformed into an art exhibition spot, complete with a cafe, and weekend market. It is always a great idea to drop by during the weekends to check out knick-knacks! Roam around to find interesting murals in different corners of the depot. Trust us, you will find plenty of Instagram-worthy spots.

Address: 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, Monday to Friday, 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

14. Cubopark @ Chusan

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Cubopark is also another new addition to Instagram-worthy spots in Penang. Exuding similar vibes as Bangkok’s container malls, Cubopark has a food court with an interior like no other, arts and crafts stalls, and interesting choices of cafes. Step into Neighbourhood, a ruin bar with one of a kind decorations, SYST, a dessert shop that transports you to Hong King, and more!

Address: 6 Jalan Tanjung Tokong Tanjung Tokong, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

15. The Top

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Komtar is the most iconic structure in Penang! After all, it is Penang’s tallest skyscraper and the sixth tallest building in Malaysia. Completed in 1986, the highest floors of the skyscraper went under renovation in recent years. Go all the way up to The Top, and you will find Rainbow Skywalk, a see-through bridge that offers a panoramic view of Georgetown. Breathtaking.

Address: 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: Opens daily, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Link(s): Official Website

Read Top 10 Things To Do in The Top Komtar Penang

Where are you going to visit first?

That wraps up the most Instagram-worthy spots in Penang. Of course, there are still many places to discover. Go to Georgetown, and you will find many intricate heritage buildings on every road. Taking Instagram shots and cafe hopping in Georgetown is always a good weekend activity! Where is your favourite spot in Penang? Let us know in the comments!

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