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  • Location:Penang, Malaysia
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Visit Kek Lok Si Temple, Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) on this private half-day tour. Suspended above a hillside is one of Southeast Asia's largest and most beautiful Buddhist temples, featuring a seven-tiered pagoda and a bronze statue of Guanyin. From atop Penang Hill you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Georgetown all the way to the mainland of Malaysia. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is included.


  • Half-day private tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill
  • Tour the exquisite Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si
  • View the bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy—Guanyin
  • See tortoises set free at the Pond of Longevity
  • Ride the funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill for spectacular views
  • Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Your friendly private guide will pick you up at your Penang hotel and take you by private vehicle to Kek Lok Si Temple. Known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, it is considered one of the biggest and most stunning Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Perched on a hillside, this unique seven-tiered pagoda showcases a blend of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship.  

Walk up the steps to the temple and explore the vast complex with your guide. Two not-to-be-missed attractions are the 99-foot (30-meter) tall bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and the sacred Pond of Longevity, which is home to hundreds of tortoises set free by devotees. Listen as your guide explains how tortoises are believed to be a symbol of longevity, strength and endurance in the Chinese culture.

After touring Kek Lok Si Temple, drive to Georgetown Station and hop aboard the Penang Hill Funicular Railway for a spectacular ride to the summit, located 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level. Along the way, keep an eye out for the varied flora and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive fauna. When you reach the top, escape the lowland heat and humidity, enjoying fresh air and magnificent panoramic views of Georgetown from Malaysia's oldest hill station. 

Your private tour ends with return transport to your Penang hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I was in Penang for work and I had only a day to see the sights. The tour was exactly what I needed to get a flavor of the area. The guide was very accommodating and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tour guide was excellent

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

A very good tour with a lovely guide

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