Penang Botanic Gardens

Georgetown Attractions

Penang Botanical Gardens are usually simply called the Botanic Gardens by Penang islanders. Also known as the Waterfalls Gardens, the gardens are located in a valley along Jalan Kebun Bunga. It is a well landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species.

Set up by the British in 1884 by Charles Curtis of the Gardens & Forests Departments Straits Settlements, it used to be an old quarry site and is divided into 12 sections: the Formal Garden, Lily Pond, Perdana Plant House, Tropical Rainforest Jungle Track, Fern House, Fern Rockery, Aroid Walkaway, Cactus House, Orchidarium, Horticulture Centre, Nursery and Quarry Recreational Park.

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Monkey Path

There is a special path in the Penang Botanical Gardens’ Moon Gate that leads up to Penang Hill: it is about an hour’s walk away. It is a steep but delightful and highly rewarding trek. Be careful though, as the gardens are not called the Monkey Gardens for nothing. Macaques along this path can be a bit cheeky and frisky: do not get too close and do not try to feed or touch them as they can bite (plus there is a RM500 fine if you do). Besides the macaques, other wildlife inhabiting the gardens include dusky leaf monkeys, black giant squirrels and a myriad of insects and butterflies.

Good to Know about Penang Botanical Garden

The  Penang Botanical Garden are about eight km from Georgetown, and some of the flora there includes the cannonball tree, sengkuang tree, pinang palm, black lily, slipper orchids and more. Some of the more interesting plants at the gardens are kept under lock and key, and are only open to visitors from 07:00 – 19:00.

For visitors’ safety, the waterfalls at the gardens have been cordoned off. Park officials run guided tours for the public and for organized groups. TransitLink bus 202 runs a route that goes past the Penang Botanical Gardens, on its way to Teluk Bahang. 

Penang Botanical Garden

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 05:00 – 20:00
  • Address: Pavilion Administrative Complex, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Penang
  • Tel: +604 226 4401 or +604 226 4405
  • How to get there: It is possible to walk to Penang Botanic Gardens from Pengkalan Weld, if your feet could carry you far. Cross Pengkalan Weld by the pedestrian bridge, turn left and walk until you reach the junction with Gat Lebuh Chulia. Turn right and walk the distance until you arrive at Penang Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, you can also take the transit link bus No.10 from KOMTAR.
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