Who would’ve thought that Penang has it’s own ‘7 world wonders’? The Government of Penang planned to promote the state as Malaysia’s top Domestic tourist destination. Especially since international borders remain closed. With the help of its colourful and record-breaking tourist destinations, this dream may not be farfetched after all!
Penang’s ‘7 World Wonders’
According to Yeoh Soon Hin, Chairman of the Committee on State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage, the seven world wonders include the world’s steepest tunnel track (Penang Hill), the world’s highest altitude stressed ribbon bridge (The Habitat), the world’s longest water slide awarded by Guinness World Record (Escape); world’s first butterfly and insect sanctuary (Entopia); world’s first tower curved skywalk (The Top), world’s highest ropes course challenge (The Gravityz), as well as the world’s first free-standing vertical drop slide (TechDome).
1. World’s Steepest Tunnel Track
No introduction needed for Penang’s most iconic uphill ride. Located at Penang Hill, the funicular railway took thousands of travelers on a steep trip 833 meters above sea level every year. It is the only way to reach the hill (aside from hiking) and it is one of the oldest funicular railway systems in the world. The 15 minutes ride is all about scenic nature views and fresh forest air.
Address: Penang Hill, 11500 Bukit Bendera, Penang
Operation hours: 6.30 AM – 10.30 PM (Daily)
2. World’s Highest Altitude Stressed Ribbon Bridge
The Habitat treetop walk or also known as the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk is the highest viewing platform on the island. The ribbon bridge was designed to handle up to 120 people at a time and offers stunning 360-degree views of Penang. If you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you will get the chance to see Langkawi in the distance as well!
Address: Jalan Stesen, Bukit Bendera Air Itam, 11500 Penang, Pulau Pinang
Operation hours: 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM (Daily)
Contact: 04-826 7677
3. World’s Longest Water Slide
Stretching a whopping 1,111 meters (3,645 feet) long, the water slide was awarded ‘World’s Longest Water Slideaward’ by Guinness World Record. The ride snakes through Penang’s ESCAPE theme park and will last you a good 4 minutes journey through a magnificent jungle scene.
Address: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Operation hours: 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM (Tuesday – Sunday) | Closed on Monday
Contact: 04-881 1106
4. World’s First Butterfly And Insect Sanctuary
Entopia is a giant glass-house where butterflies flutter freely amid beautifully around landscaped tropical gardens. It is a tropical sanctuary to over 150 species of fauna and contains approximately 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any one time! Guess the number is only natural for Malaysia’s largest butterfly garden.
Address: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Pulau Pinang
Operation hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM (Thursday – Tuesday) | Closed on Wednesday
Contact: 04-888 8111
5. World’s First Tower Curved Skywalk
Located on Komtar Tower’s rooftop, the Rainbow Skywalk and Observatory Deck offers seamless views of George Town during the night and day. Feel the excitement of walking on air 816 feet above sea level as you watch the city go about their daily routine below.
Address: 1, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operation hours: 102.00 PM – 10.00 PM (Wednesday – Monday) | Closed on Tuesday
Contact: 04-375 9800
6. World’s Highest Ropes Course Challenge
Here’s another adrenalin pumping activity that exists in Penang. The Gravityz is a 239m above ground rope course that will challenge your greatest fear. It encourages everyone to build their confidence and take a leap out of their comfort zone. Among the most nerve wreaking course in the challenge will be the Z wire where you have to zip a line from one platform to another and only hang from the harness that they wrap around you.
Address: Komtar C1-1-20 Gold Center ground floor 10100, 10100 George Town, Penang
Operation hours: 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM (Daily)
Contact: 011-5691 5543
7. World’s First Free-standing Vertical Drop Slide
Have you ever seen a vertical slide? This huge vertical slide at Tech Dome Penang lets gravity do the talking. There’s no way that you can miss the sight of this huge exhibit when walking around the science discovery center. Imagine being pulled up slowly a few meters high only to experience an adrenaline-inducing plunge down the World’s First Free Standing Vertical Drop Slide.
Address: Geodesic Dome, KOMTAR, Jln Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operation hours: 12.00 PM – 8.00 PM (Wednesday – Monday) | Closed on Tuesday
Contact: 04-262 6663
More To Discover In Penang
It is only natural for us to lean to domestic travel during the pandemic. The ‘7 world wonders’ is only a piece out of dozens other attractions that we have in Penang. We have more to explore in Balik Pulau and Seberang Perai so hopefully we will continue to make the best out of what we have. #JomPenang
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