Located in Georgetown, the capital of Penang, Little India Penang is a definitely a must visit place. It is in the centre of Penang Heritage zone. It covers the area around 3 streets. They are Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Queen and Jalan Pasar. The moment you reach there, tamil and bollywood songs can be heard which is played by respective shops stereos. Along the streets, are traditional sweet oulets, designer saree’s stores,and there are multiple shops selling delicious Indian culisine which is affordable and tasty. There are roti canai, thosai, briyani rice, tandoori chicken, badam milk, Bombay halwa and many more. Furthermore, you can experience to taste the food on a banana leaf with your hand and no utensils.
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Positioned in George Town Penang is the primogenital Hindu temple in Malaysia, the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple . Built in 1833, the temple features sculptures of gods and goddesses over its main entrance and frontage. It is specifically located at Lebuh Queen, George Town. It is also known as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple. The temple is open daily from 6.30 am – 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm – 9.00 pm. It became a place of worship as early as 1801 and became a temple on 1833. It has stood at the same place for more than 200 years. The word Mariamman come from two words: “Mari” meaning “power” and “amman” meaning “mother”. Maha stands for great. So this Mahamariamman temple tells you, it houses the great powerful mother. And some Indians considers Sri Mariamman to be the mother of Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga. So to many locals, when asks which temple they are going, some simply said “Amman Temple”. It is a place to visit by locals and foreigners alike as it a beauty from the deep.
Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Thai Buddhist temple situated at Lorong Burma, Georgetown Penang is famous for its Reclining Buddha statue. The temple built in 1845 can be seen with beautiful Thai crafts work and architecture on its entrance arch, pagodas, main shrine and around its vicinity. Annually, various Buddhist celebrations (ie. Wesak Day and Kathina Day) and Thai festivals (ie. Songkran festival and Loy Krathong festival) are celebrated at the temple.
Another great attraction not to be missed in Penang is the Kek Lok Si temple situated at Air Itam. Kek Lok Si temple or the Temple of Supreme Bliss attracted Buddhist and others of different faith alike as people are mesmerised by the beauty of its architecture and artwork. When you are there, do not miss to visit the seven story main pagoda, a mixture of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture. You would also not miss the 30.2m bronze statue of Kuan Yin standing tall visible from a far.