Last week, I talked about the wonderful time I had in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After leaving Kuala Lumpur, I ventured up north to Penang. I'm going to be completely honest; I was not impressed with Penang. I don't know if it was the city itself or because the hostel I stayed at was empty at the time, and I didn't meet any fellow travelers. Maybe I was feeling a little homesick, as I had already been traveling for almost 5 weeks at this point. Either way, I found George Town, the capital of Penang, to be boring and something that I could have skipped for more time in Kuala Lumpur. Obviously everyone is different, and this was just my personal experience, but I believe in being transparent, especially since it's rare that I am not intrigued by a city. I'm the type of person who finds anything different interesting, but I remember being there counting down the days until I left lol.
Although I was not a huge fan of George Town, I did enjoy visiting Kek Lok Si Temple, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It was vast and breathtaking, especially the views of the surrounding hill and greenery. Visiting this place made me stop in my tracks and stare in awe, and I'm happy that I did end up stumbling upon it during my trip. The receptionist at my hostel actually recommended it when I asked about interesting things to do. It wasn't on my radar, but it definitely was a nice surprise. I'm going to let the photos do the talking because really its the scenery, Buddhist artwork, and serenity this temple gives off that is worth the visit.
If you find yourself in Penang and are looking for another unique site to visit, I highly recommend Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, which is a traditional Chinese clan house. The architecture and design is incredibly elaborate and transports you back in time to ancient China.
I wish I had more to say about Penang, but it honestly faded in my memory compared to the other cities I visited in SE Asia. If you've been, I would love to hear about your experience.
xoxo, Global Midwife