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

Highlights

  • 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

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

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Guide was excellent. Schedule worked well. The sites on this trip were extraordinary. On the hill, I even had some extra time to take tea and scones at the restaurant built into a beautiful British colonial building.

cyril w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent tour, just my husband and I, was picked up by our lovely guide from our cruise terminal and had a one to one tour of the city and the temple.On the penang hill railway he even made sure we had the best view as we traveled up the hill, would highly recommend afternoon tea in the gardens of the old colonial tea rooms.

Gordon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour with very informative guide. He went out of his way to explain the sights seen along the way driving to and from and between the 2 main sites

Veronica E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Lawrence, our guide, was very knowledgeable in his craft. He knew which part of the Penang Hill would be best, upward and downward, and the good spots to take photos from. I am really impressed! He was also well-versed with explaining to us the backgrounds of the Temple. Again, he made a difference in this tour!

miltonpres

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour

jcniduaza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Me and my wife visited Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill as a side trip after we finished our cruise ship tour. I would say that on this tour we are lucky to have the best or if not, the excellent tour guide for our trip. He is very knowledgeable of the temples, the images/statues, almost all that we passed along the way, he has information to share, which we enjoyed. He was even pro-active to take pictures of us during this tour. We are very happy with the quality of this tour.

Annabelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

My mother and I had a fantastic time on this tour. Philip, our guide, was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. He punctually picked us up from our hotel in the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle and gave us detailed and informative commentary about the tour as well as various other places in Penang and the history and culture of the city.
Penang Hill itself is amazing-and can be reached by a 7 minute funicular ride. It has breathtaking views of Penang, and landmarks including a Hindu temple, a mosque, an owl souvenir shop and a restaurant. As Penang hill is a very popular tourist destination, you may need to factor in additional time to queue up at the funicular.
Kek Lok Si Temple is another must see in Penang-being one of Asia's most iconic temples. Once again, Philip was very helpful and informative, providing us with a wealth of information about the history and religion surrounding the temple.
Philip went above and beyond to make this a memorable experience for us-including taking photos for us, providing us with detailed commentary and making restaurant recommendations to us and even dropping us off at a restaurant at the end of the tour! My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and I highly recommend it.

Ann Lesley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a fantastic guide/ driver who couldn't have been more helpful and was also very knowledgable. His English was of a high standard. The Buddhist temple is very interesting. Wonderful view from Penang Hill of the island. Plenty to see and do there. Enjoyed the ride up the hill. Allow time to queue to get the tickets if it's a holiday time.

Ann Lesley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a fantastic guide/ driver who couldn't have been more helpful and was also very knowledgable. His English was of a high standard. The Buddhist temple is very interesting. Wonderful view from Penang Hill of the island. Plenty to see and do there. Enjoyed the ride up the hill. Allow time to queue to get the tickets if it's a holiday time.

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!

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