Penang Botanic Gardens are the Pride of Penang. This beautifully manicured 50 hectare park, also known as Waterfall Gardens, Penang Botanical Garden or Kebun Bunga has been a feature of George Town life since it was established way back in 1884.
The British colonial administrators in Malaya had their faults but one thing they were good at was creating lovely parks such as KL Lake Gardens, Taiping Lake Gardens, Singapore Botanical Gardens and this one in Penang. One advantage that Penang Botanical Garden has over the others is its wonderful setting with Penang Hill as a backdrop and a cascading stream running through it to provide some welcome cooling breezes.
The park's first curator, Mr Charles Curtis, worked tirelessly to transform an abandoned granite quarry into a magnificent park stocked with thousands of native and exotic trees, shrubs and herbs.* Some of those earliest trees still survive and are now fully mature.
Since Independence the park's management has maintained and enhanced the gardens and added new features to make it the popular attraction it is today for locals and tourists alike.
*Botanists and gardening fans may like to read this detailed guide to the garden written in 1934 and reproduced on the botanical gardens' official website.
You can enjoy a relaxed stroll on the park's paved footpaths, or, for more exercise, take the up and down hilly trails, where you might see not just plants but occasionally wild animals such as monkeys (mostly macaques but some dusky langurs), monitor lizards, squirrels, wild boar, snakes and of course birds.
Open daily from 5 am to 8 pm.
The early start and late finish are to allow Penang's many health-conscious residents to enjoy a brisk walk or jog before and after work.
The plant houses (Fern House, Cactus & Succulent House, Orchidarium and Bromeliad House) are open as follows:
Admission is free!
The exact location is marked on this map:
Penang Botanical Gardens, 673A, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Rapid Penang Bus No. 10 from Weld Quay to the Botanical Garden
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