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Owner description: Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s. The highest peak of Penang Hill stand at 833 metres (2,732ft) above sea level. Penang Hill funicular train service started on October 1923 The current funicular trains is the 4th generation system which started its operation on 24th April 2011. The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 metres (1.99KM) from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia. Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 metres (258ft) long and 10feet (3.0m) wide with a steepness of 27.9degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world. There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill (42 of them are private-owned and 10 bungalows are state-owned). Most of them are more than 100 years old and Bel Retiro (Governors Bungalows) built in1789 is the oldest. Number of visitor to Penang Hill in 2014 exceed 1.36million.
Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Expected More”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Was excited about visit to Penang Hill and for sure up top the view is lovely more than lovely it's pretty spectacular really although that's about as good as it gets.

We followed the suggested walking routes (many closed as walkways were under construction at the time of our visit) The nature is nice (particularly the different ferns and palms) but ruined slightly by the litter.

If you visit I'd suggest grabbing something to eat before you make your way up or bring a picnic (at least with the picnic you could sit on one of the benches and admire the view) the food court was a little dingy. (Might be an idea to jump off the bus or out of your taxi at the Kek Lok Si temple first which is worth a look and there are plenty of stalls to eat at there then head on to the hill.)

Randomly there is an owl museum on the hill...didn't pay to visit, not particularly caring for owls or the collection of ornamental owls that this venue claims to house! (but if you like owls it might be worth a look!)

With the map you receive before boarding the train to get up the hill there is a checklist of things to spot on the hill. One of the items being "the oldest postbox on Penang Hill" (closer inspection...it was made 100 years ago but only winged its way to the hill from London in 2005, it did give us a laugh if anything!)

Wouldn't be going crazy over the train journey, although we visited on a week day late afternoon it was really too crowded (still not bursting full) for you to see out the windows although I suppose that makes the view from the top a nice surprise.

Visited October 2013
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“Stunning Views Of Penang”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

This has to be one of the highlights of a visit to this beautiful island. The 30 Ringet charge is great value to go in the cable car to the top of Penang Hill to see fantastic views of this city. There are also many exotic plants to see. It really is a lush setting. Try to get the front seat in the cable car coming back. I did...

Visited October 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Good View of Penang”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

If you've been to The Peak in Hongkong, this might be similar to the Peak.
Main attraction is the train that bring you fast to the top with almost 45 degree elevation.
The train is modern and new, if the seat are full you also can stand up on the train, because the train floor are made like stairs.
The view from top of the hill is good, you can see full Penang bridge view from there.
There are only one café and restaurant, which I think very expensive, you have to pay RM 14 for tea. So bring your own meal.
Cost for the train is RM 30 for tourist and RM 8 for Malay. If you with tour, please check the ticket that your guide bought, because they are not check whether you are tourist or Malay, especially if you come from the country neighborhood.
Overall this is a good attraction, but the operators staff are not friendly.

Visited October 2013
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“Must experience Funicular ride”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

This is a must see place, particularly for the Funicular ride which was awesome. I have been to couple of other funicular rides in Europe, but I must say this one was the best. It takes you to heights in minutes from where you can view the entire Penang. There is a huge food court where you can spend time and take some rest.
The only negative things is the long waiting time for tickets and the long long long queue to get to the train uphill. It almost took more than two hours getting into the upward train alone.

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

The view is nice . The new cable car is nice . Staff not so friendly. No greeting no smile , seems didn't enjoy theirs job. On the hill just has one cafeteria. We didn't try it because looks not attractive.

Visited October 2013
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