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“Living Heaven”
Review of Penang Hill

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Owner description: Please be advised that our funicular service will cease operation earlier that usual on 18th May 2017 for planned maintenance. This 2,750 foot hill has a funicular railway that can take you to the top.
Dindigul, India
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“Living Heaven”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

If u miss this place in ur life u totally waste ur birth ! its like a living heaven ,during the hot summer this place is very cool & cloudy ,u really enjoy this loacation ,don't miss it ,this the star attraction of penang !

Visited May 2013
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“Fantasic Railway trip”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was a great day trip, make sure you visit the Kek Lok temple at the same time. I would recommend getting a taxi for both, they will wait for you and are generally cheaper than doing the day tour. We were able to do both at our own pace.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great view, cool breeze”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

The 'cable car' you took to go up can be a fun experience. And upon reaching the highest point, there are lots of things you can do:
1. You can visit the Penang Owl Museum. Now, it doesn't actually host lots of different species of owls, but rather just statues, paintings, and other hand-made crafts with owls as the base inspiration. However, It's a good place to purchase unique souvenirs that you can't find elsewhere in Penang.
2. Take a stroll and enjoy the great view of the city below. Relax and breathe the fresh cool air.
3. Eat in the cafe overlooking the city. Or eat in the food court if you're on budget, heh.
4. Visit several temples located further above.
5. Go to hotel Bellevue, and enter their 'bird park' for a small fee. They host several fancy birds found in Southeast Asia, but sadly the park is so poorly maintained, and the birds look like they're fed up and will fly away in the first chance they get.

Visited October 2012
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“Great but not much to see”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

To everyone who never been before to Penang Hill should have a try. it will cost you RM 30 for return tickets. 10-20 minutes (30 minutes at most) of enjoy. I think one time of visiting is enough.

Visited May 2013
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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“An Egineering Feat”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

If you travel on this funicular and never at any stage feel apprehensive, then you have no idea what has taken place to make this trip possible.

First, we took the 204 bus from Weld Quay (this is a terminus for buses close to the water....you can also catch it from the "Komitar" Centre or en-route if you know where the bus goes.

The trip to the funicular station takes about half an hour but we love to take in the suburbs and see how people live so the trip exposed us to temples and markets and just the general everyday life of people that live in the suburbs of Penang.

The funicular cost us 30 MYR for the return trip which is amazingly cheap when you take into consideration what it has taken to build this thing. I have no idea of the pitch of this slope but when you are at the bottom it looks incredibly steep and hiking up this slope would entail more than good walking boots!

You really have to read about the principle of a funicular to understand what is involved......in priniciple it is quite simple but when you are riding one, it becomes a whole different story ie do they xray the cable for small failures? Sorry, really not trying to frighten you but just pointing out what an amazing feat this it.

The view on the way up is intermittent....trees block views but every now and then you get an incredible view. Once at the top and off the funicular you get to see some outstanding views and once again think of the infrastructure in place and how it got there (ie most brought up the hill).

As usual, it it not just the end result that makes the trip worth while it is the journey and we salute those that went before that had the need (these days we can afford to call it vision) and made it happen.

Visited May 2013
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