|PLACES OF INTEREST
Nature and Adventure
| Bukit Mertajam Recreational
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
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.
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
| 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
Opening hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Entrance fee: RM3.00 adults & RM1.00 children.
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
Located 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.)