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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

CIA Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was great. Lawrence out tour guide couldn't have been better, knowledgable, friendly and professional. Great train ride to Penang Hill and the temple was amazing. A must do when in Penang!

Carol B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide Lawrence was excellent.His knowledge was brilliant before we even got to the temple and Penang Hill. We had commentary all the way from our pick up to the end of the tour. He was friendly and informative and the trip was excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was Philip and was wonderful,picked up on time and adjusted our tour as there was only two of us. we visited Penang Hill first The train ride was fantastic and the view to die for, a very clear day. We even had time for High Tea, and a whole heap of photos were taken by Philip for us. He then took us to the temple and was so informative. There was nothing that he wouldn't do for us. An amazing tour and afternoon. kevin and Liz McHugh

Thomas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My experience on this tour was highly enjoyable. The tour guide, Lawrence, was very knowledgeable, not only about the temple and penang hill, but on various buildings in Georgetown on the drive to the temple. Views from penang hill are spectacular. One down side to the trip was that tour bus didn't pick me up from my hotel, I had to get my own transport to a pick up point.

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide. Interesting tour. Good value. Great way to get an overview of the older part of town. Easy to book online and they confirmed the day of the tour they called our hotel room. No hesitation in recommending.

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Lawrence was the best tour guide! He was very nice, knowledge and accommodating. The Temple and the Penang Hill funicular train ride were amazing!

Erna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing! Our guide, Lawrence, was absolutely fantastic! He was on time, friendly and very informative. The information given in an interesting way and we were his 1st priority. Sites visited interesting and jaw dropping. Even took us for coffee tasting - delightful outing...not to be missed!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My first time in Penang! Joined this tour and met an Australian girl who was also travelling Penang on her own. Our guide and driver, Mr. Lawrence, is very knowledgeable anout this city. He's also very friendly. No delay for picking up guests. This is what I appreciated most!

Keith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

knowledgeable and helpful - thank you

Theresa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is such a terrific tour. A definite must do while in Penang. My tour guide, Moye, sp? was highly knowledgeable and VERY professional. He was as interesting as the tour. I will use this company again when I book my next tour. Keeping my fingers crossed that I get the same guide. So wonderful!

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