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  • Location:Penang, Malaysia
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

Visit top sights in Penang on a half-day tour that includes a ride on Penang Hill Railway and a tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. On a clear day, you can even take in views that extend from Georgetown over to mainland Malaysia. You'll travel with an expert guide who explains the history behind some of Penang's top landmarks on this tour, which includes pickup and drop-off at your Penang hotel or the cruise port.


  • 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 or cruise port 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

After pickup from your hotel or the cruise port, travel by air-conditioned vehicle with a guide who shares informative commentary on Penang.

Drive to the Georgetown station where you board the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular train that takes approximately 20 minutes to climb Penang Hill, Malaysia's oldest hill station. During the ride, look for monkeys and other creatures that live in the lush forest. At the summit, situated 2,695 feet (821 meters) above Georgetown, enjoy the cooler air and panoramic views of the lush mountains and city below.

Then hop back in your vehicle to visit Kek Lok Si. Also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Kek Lok Si is considered one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Built in 1890 by a Chinese Buddhist immigrant, Kek Lok Si remains an important cornerstone of the Malay-Chinese community. Carved into the slope of Air Itam, close to Penang Hill, the temple features a seven-tiered pagoda with a combination of Chinese, Thai and Burmese craftsmanship and architectural features.

Your guide shows you around the vast temple complex, pointing out important features including a bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, that stands 99 feet (30 meters) tall. Stop at the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of tortoises live after being set free by devotees; your guide explains how tortoises represent longevity, endurance and strength in Chinese culture.

At the end of a fascinating 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel or the cruise port.

Customer Reviews

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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

I lived in Penang in the late 70's so it was great to be able to see some of the old sites again. However I must say the hi light of this tour was our tour director Phillip, he was outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Top tour. Excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We were EXTREMELY happy with this tour! We had Moy (sorry if I butchered your name), and he was a very excellent tour guide. We paid for the group tour but there were only 2 of us. He said the rest were still sleeping (even though it was 2 pm) :). He was very informative, pointing out landmarks and buildings on the way to the Temple and Penang Hill. As we stopped at these places, he always greeted one or 2 locals, which was nice to see. You can tell his friendliness wasn't an act. Also, he was very prepared with 2 umbrellas when he saw the rain clouds come in. Luckily, it didn't rain (just a light drizzle) but still it was nice to see that he took care of his guests. At one point, he chatted up with the train conductor and we actually got to see his switchboard. Pretty neat. Definitely would do another tour with Moy again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Helpful and informative guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Our tour Guide was Fantastic, In fact it was the best tour we did while aboard Diamond Princess Cruise and you are to be highly recommended, you are A great company to deal with, it's not the first time I have made a booking through VIATOR and I was not disappointed, simply the best Thank you for making our cruise cheers Michael Hemingway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

This tour was excellent. Pickup from hotel on time. Tour guide was fantastic (also had the same guide for the Island Discovery Tour, and previously last year). He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and humorous. View from the top of Penang Hill was spectacular.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

extremely informative and a pleasant afternoon in penang.laurence was very good guide and explained many things to his group.also did the island discovery with laurence , top marks

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