Tour code: 3705PEN11
Experience the best of Penang on this half-day hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple afternoon tour. Ride the Penang Hill Railway to gain access to scenic views and tour the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Follow your expert guide through the Kek Lok Si Temple and gain insight and understanding into the history and traditions of Penang’s landmarks. Enjoy the ease of round-trip hotel transportation to and from your Penang hotel or the cruise port as part of this popular excursion. 


  • Half-day guided tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Take the funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill by
  • Enjoy sweeping views of Georgetown, Butterworth and mainland Malaysia from Penang Hill
  • Explore Southeast Asia's largest Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si
  • Admire the towering statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy
  • Snap photos of the tortoise-filled waters at the Pond of Longevity
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

Funicular Train, Penang Hill

Meet your friendly and professional driver and guide at your hotel or cruise port and embark on this Peang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple afternoon tour, where you’ll learn about the history, traditions and practices of this incredible land.

Head off to Georgetown Station where you’ll experience the thrill of riding the Penang Hill Railway. This funicular train climbs to the nation’s oldest hill station and offers incredible views along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds and other wildlife on the 20-minute ride. 

Once you’ve taken in the epic panoramic views from atop Penang Hill—some 2,695 feet (821 meters) about the city—continue your adventure to Kek Lok Si. Known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, this impressive destination ranks tops among Southeast Asia’s most iconic temples. Stationed near Penang Hill and carved into the side of Air Itam, the seven-tiered architectural masterpiece showcases features from Thai, Chinese and Burmese cultures. 

Follow your guide through the temple complex, where you’ll see the bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy standing some 99 feet (30 meters) tall and the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of turtles live. Your guide will explain how these hard-shelled amphibians represent strength and endurance in local culture.

Your tour concludes with a return trip to your hotel or cruise port in air-conditioned comfort.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

i enjoyed the tour very much. Definately worth the money spend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Highly recommend this trip. Great views of Penang when you go up Penang Hill. The temple is amazing so much to see,
My tour guide Philip was fantastic he came on time and was so knowledgeable. I even booked with him for a private tour the next day. I would highly recommend him and this tour.
A must see in Penang.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent day with a very knowledgeable guide

rosemary m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

we were met by our guide and Driver Philip, he embarked on a ver fine tour, which included the reclining Budha, botanical gardens, a tip round Georgetown, showing us the murals, the Eastern Peninsula hotel, Suffolk house and little India. He the took us to the Chew jetty where we had free time and did some shopping.
As we have found Phillip spoke exceptional English was very well informed and wonderfully informative. All in all a very good tour and experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Came back on Last Saturday and I had no regrets in choosing the tour package by Viator..and the tour agency whu had arranged dis tour guide for me was superb n I really liked his explanation..Very detailed.thevwhole trip was a great experience and an eye-opener for me .

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour is a must do. Our tour guide Philip was amazing, he was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions. Talked in depth to us about each place and then let us go off and explore. He didn't once rush us and even took us to a pewter factory and a tea, chocolate and coffee tasting tour at the end of the trip. It was fabulous but also very bad as we brought as much coffee as we could fit in our case. Philip also has lots of recommendations for things to do and places to eat, all of which we did. This trip made our time in Penang! Thank you Philip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip was great and the guide very knowledgeable. As a woman by myself for the afternoon I really appreciated being picked up from my hotel and I felt comfortable with my guide and it was a wonderful opportunity for me. Many thanks


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highly enjoyed this tour. Kek lok si is a must see temple and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. Penang Hill was amazing and loved seeing so many monkeys at the top of the hill. Highly recommend Phillip as your tour guide. He was extremely friendly and funny and taught me so much about Penang in just a few hours.

Stephen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fascinating tour, the guide was very good and arrived on time. The views from Penang Hill were amazing as was the ride to the top as our guide managed to get us in the first carriage. Well worth the money

chris F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Lovely tour with Lawrence as our guide he was great and very informative

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