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Bukit Mertajam Recreational Park

Located approximately 18 km from Butterworth Ferry terminal. It has an area of 37 hectares of hilly terrain, ascending up to 457 metres above sea level. Its cool hill air encourages a profusion of ferns, epiphytes and wild flowers, as well as exotic butterflies, birds and insects. For the adventurous, there are numerous jungle tracks leading to the heart of the forest.

Cherok Tok Kun Relics

A large, smooth block of granite bearing inscriptions in Chinese, Jawi, Tamil, English and classical Indian (probably Pali) said to have been written in the 4th and 5th century.

Mengkuang Dam

Mengkuang Dam The Mengkuang Dam, north of Bukit Mertajam, is the biggest in Penang with a storage capacity of over 23 million litres of water. To the public however it is also a splendid recreational area featuring landscaped gardens, recreational and watersports facilities. Its jogging tracks and walking trails are also popular. ed that you will sense and feel the lifestyle of chinese immigrant settlers who came here in the 1800s. Visitors will be intrigued by the many clanhouses, chophouses and temples found along these streets, which reflect the heritage left behind. Stepping into these streets will certainly take you back in time.

Penang Bird Park

The park spans 5 acres and houses a fine collection of some 800 birds from all over the world. It is beautifully landscaped and features a walk-in aviary, pond with ducks and swans, ornamental ponds abounding with water lilies, Japanese Carps and ornamental plants. Opening hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm Entrance fee: RM3.00 adults & RM1.00 children. Sacred Heart Church The church, designed after the famous Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, is now left in ruins. Built in 1882, it used to be the focal point for local Roman Catholics until it was abondoned during the emergency when the residents were resettled elsewhere.

St Anne Church

ocated on the mainland portion of Penang state at Bukit Mertajam. St Anne's Church which is about 2 km from town centre along Jalan Kulim, attracts many Roman Catholic pilgrims during the mid-term Saint Anne's feast, held annually on 26 July. The people throng the place to offer prayers to the mother of Virgin Mary for nine days. Two street processions take place on 26 July and 29 July. A candlelight mass, attended by hundreds of followers, is held at midnight on 30 July, which marks the end of the novena. The historic St Anne's Church was originally established in 1846. Constructed in French Gothic architectural style. It has been newly restored. A centre for prayer, worship and pilgrimage, it is open from 7 am to 7 pm daily. (To get to Bukit Mertajam, just drive or catch a taxi and cross the Penang Bridge, follow the signboards that read 'BUTTERWORTH'. Then, bear left on Highway 1 that point to the town 'Bukit Mertajam'. At the roundabout in front, make a semi-circle turn and continue 3.5 km past the Petronas and Shell service stations into the town.)

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