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Fun Facts about Penang Island, Malaysia

Penang is one of the quintessential places in which you would have to visit while you’re in Malaysia. With their bright, serene beaches, warm glowing sunshine glaring at your face, and bring your family along to enjoy the vacation with a better company.

Here are some fun facts you might want to know about Penang Island!

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  • The name of the island, “Penang”, came from the word “Pinang”, meaning betel nut tree.
  • Penang has been through endless transformations and growth, however, the unity in the differences in culture and races is still extremely prevalent and upholding the many statuses of Penang. Here we’ve gathered a few fun facts about Penang.
  • Ever how we refer to Penang’s citizens? For citizens in Malaysia, we are known as Malaysians. In Penang, they are known as Penangites! What an unexpected turn of events.
  • Penang is known for their variety of delicacies, namely Asam Laksa, Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai and so much more on the plate! Their large range of scrumptious food ranges from sweet to spicy all the way to a tinge of sourness. If you ever find yourself in Penang, be prepared to be immersed in their world of food.

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  • Every day is Summertime. If you love the warmth and the bright round sound glaring at your face, Penang is a perfect place for you to be. It ranges from 72-84 Fahrenheit every day of the year.
  • Kek Lok Si Temple is known to be one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Captivating a large pool of tourists and even the citizens in Penang, it is filled with an influx of individuals coming in and out of the temple at every phase of the day. If you are not fond of walking, grab a train to transport you right up to the hilly mountain.
  • Penang Hill allows you to have a glimpse of the whole panorama of Penang. With its chilly ambiance and picturesque view, nothing could beat being able to experience the whole of Penang.
  • Penang also stands out in terms of their environmentalist campaigns. They are one of the very first spearheaders to take the initiative to minimize the usage of plastics by hosting a “No Plastic Bag Day” campaign. Smart move, Penang!


Penang has been through walks of differences but still stands united every step of the way. Even with the wide range of differences in their cultures and styles of living, they are able to find a common ground in what they believe in; which entirely boils down to the patriotic behaviour they induce in.

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