5 Lesser-Known Landmarks of Penang - Jiran

5 Lesser-Known Landmarks of Penang

An island of many wonders, the Pearl of the Orient beckons you to uncover its hidden secrets

By Imran Nasir Published on 11 August 2021

1. Tanjung Tokong Tua Pek Kong Temple

jiran tanjung tokong temple

This unassuming temple is actually one of the oldest places of worship dedicated to Zhang Li or Tua Pek Kong, who’s also known as “Grand Uncle” and “God of Prosperity”. The temple was built sometime in the 1790s. To this day, it remains a historical site frequented by visitors. A nearby attraction is Penang Avatar Secret Garden.

GPS coordinates: 5.46381, 100.30778

2. Relau World War II Pillbox

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Image: Timothy Tye

Overlooked even by the locals, this fortification pillbox located at one of the intersections of Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Sungai Ara was constructed by British forces occupying Penang during colonial times. This structure has stood against the wave of modernisation that has swept through the area. The only shame is that it has been vandalised with graffiti.

GPS coordinates: 5.32953, 100.27581

3. Muka Head Lighthouse

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Also known as Rumah Api Pulau Pinang, the lighthouse is part of Penang National Park or Taman Negara Pulau Pinang located in Teluk Bahang, the northwesternmost part of the island. Built by the British in 1883, it is 14 metres in height and stands at 227 metres above sea level. Climb up the steps to the top of the white granite tower to enjoy a magnificent view of Penang Island.

GPS coordinates: 5.47273, 100.18072

4. Shree Muniswarar Temple

jiran shree muniswarar temple
Image: Temple Hunters Facebook 

Situated at Jalan Utama in Georgetown (near Green Lane), this small temple is dedicated to Muniswarar, the patron deity whose distinct trait is being worshipped by both Indians and Chinese. Not to be confused with the more well-known temple dedicated to Muniswarar at Jalan Baru, Seberang Perai.

GPS coordinates: 5.43042, 100.29923

5. Old mural

Located in Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Pulau Pinang campus, near Surau IPG. Probably erected during the colonial era when IPG was an English governance camp. The mural was also encroached by a giant tree until it was chopped down in early 2011. Unfortunately, the location of this mural is now inaccessible due to the area around it being converted into a greenhouse for IPG’s gardeners.

GPS coordinates: 5.37712, 100.31139

About the author

Imran Nasir was a student in the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University when this article was written.

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