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Bukit Bendera

View from Penang Hill

Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera, is the site of the first hill station in Malaysia built by the British during colonial times and was used by the wealthy British colonials as a place to escape from the heat of the lowlands, with many building bungalows on top of the hill to use as second homes.

During these times the hill was known as Flagstaff Hill as there was a flagpole on top of the Governor of Penang's residence, Bel Retiro, used as a signal transmitter.

At 823 metres above sea level, the climate up here is a few degrees cooler and it is a pleasant place to visit and walk around the hilltop which offers fine views over the city of George Town.

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What to see on Bukit Bendera

As far as attractions go, there is not that much to see on top of the hill. What you come here for is the view and the nature walks through the forest that cover the hillsides.

Walking around on top of the hill is not too strenuous as it is fairly flat, but once you leave the top, it becomes quite steep in places.
Buildings of interest are a small Hindu Temple as well as a Mosque, the Governors residence, many old English style bungalows and the Bellevue Hotel.

View our Picture Gallery from the hill.

How to get to the top of the hill

You have two choices.
You can catch the train from Air Itam or if you are fit, you can walk up from the Botanical Gardens in a couple of hours.

For more information about hiking to the top, please visit our Walking Up Penang Hill page and our Hill Map.

For more information, ticket prices and times and how to get to the funicular railway station, please visit our Hill Train page.

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