Penang Botanic Gardens

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Penang Botanic Gardens
Photo: Neoh Chee Jin Penang Botanic Gardens

Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as the waterfall gardens, was established by the British in 1884 on an old granite quarry site. The garden was and still is a site for research and education; however, the garden is now more popular for recreational activities such as jogging, hiking or cycling. The waterfall on-site is privately owned although you can visit upon approval from the Penang Water Authority. Another way of visiting the waterfall is through organised monthly visits by ‘The Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens’, a non-governmental organisation.

As featured in Time Out Penang's 50 things to do in Penang.


Venue name: Penang Botanic Gardens
Address: Pavilion Building, Jalan Kebun Bunga
Opening hours: Daily, 5am-8pm
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These gardens are a short taxi ride out of Georgetown or they are at the bottom of Penang Hill if you descend by road. They are free to enter and have many lovely trees and flowers. There is a train (paid) that will carry you round the gardens if the heat is too much for walking; it does get very hot in the afternoons. For me, the highlight of the gardens was the Dusky Leaf Monkeys eating the topiary trees near the entrance. They are beautiful and seem quite happy to pose for a photo! Worth the trip for these alone. #TOTastemaker