• Opening Hour

    6.30am to 11.00pm (Last Train From Top Station)

    (365 days)

  • Location

    Near Air Itam

Brief Introduction

Located in Air Itam, which is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre of George Town.  Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks in Penang, Malaysia. It is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. The name Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres (2,733 ft) above sea level. The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Air Itam.


Captain Francis Light, founder of the colony in Penang, first plotted a horse track from the Penang Botanic Gardens waterfall up to the top of the hill in 1788. He cleared an area in order to grow strawberry, which was therefore known as Strawberry Hill. Its official name however was Flagstaff Hill, which is still reflected in its name in Malay, Bukit Bendera (literally “Flag Hill”). The name was a reference to the flagstaff outside “Bel Retiro”, which was the residence of the Governor of Penang built by Francis Light c. 1789. The area is however widely known as Penang Hill which in fact covers a number of hills, and the other names such as Flagstaff Hill, Strawberry Hill are still used for peaks in the area. The hill became a cool retreat for the British colonists from the heat of the lowlands and threat of malaria, and many bungalows were built on the summit of Penang Hill for government servants and army. A Convalescent Bungalow was built in 1803.


One of the activities that are available at The Penang Hills will be:

  • Visiting a bird sanctuary at the Bellevue Hotel grounds.
  • Canopy Walk, which is a suspension bridge hanging over the treetops. There is no entrance charge and it is opened seven days a week. You need to walk up the hill if you want to see it.
  • Mouth watering delicacies from the Bellevue hotel that is located at the hilltop. The price is rather competitive. It also provides room in case you’ll like to stay for a night.
  • Visiting an Indian Temple and Mosque which is built side by side with no racial conflict and tension.
  • Hold a conferencing or business meetings at the Railway Bungalow on Penang Hills. It has all the audio visual facilities and can accommodate from 30 to 50 participants.
  • Experience the Flora of Penang Hills. It house some of the interesting plant such as Dipterocarp forest, parasitic plant, Exorhopalia Ruficeps, Hazel Maingaya Malayana and many more.


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