Bayan Lepas is a Malaysian town in the state of Penang, located at the southeastern tip of Penang Island, in the Southwest Penang Island District. The Penang International Airport and an eponymous Free Industrial Zone, called the Silicon Valley of the East due to its size, are both located in Bayan Lepas, which was founded in the 19th century. Apart from being home to Penang’s airport, below are some of the Bayan Lepas attractions that you should check out.
The Fisheries Research Institute Aquarium, also known as the Penang Aquarium, is a world of marine wonders. In its darkened aquarium area, which houses a total of 25 fish tanks, you may see some very exotic species such as the moray eel, lionfish, and giant catfish. An open-air garden adjacent to the indoor aquarium houses a koi and carp pond, a turtle pool, and other tanks with invertebrates like starfish and anemones, making this one the popular Bayan Lepas attractions among families.
The Penang Snake Temple is located at Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, about three kilometres from the airport. Legend has it that the snakes were given sanctuary by Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist priest and healer, and when the temple was built after his death, they moved in on their own. Some argue that this Bayan Lepas attraction is a misnomer because it isn’t a heart-racing (dangerous) site to visit as most people tend to associate a snake temple with pythons coiled around effigies and rattlers jangling away. Instead, the temple is a peaceful retreat (as much as it can be with slithering snakes around).
It’s difficult to estimate the number of snakes that live on the temple grounds nowadays. According to some, the temple’s snake population is dwindling as a result of increased construction, which is disrupting the snakes’ natural environment. However, because of the additional offerings available during festivals, you’ll see more of them. They slither around at night, consuming offerings, and are said to be too exhausted to do much during the day. Devotees pay respect to the deity by singing the sutras as early as 5:00 a.m. at the temple.
The British built a fort in Bukit Batu Maung in the 1930s, which now houses the Penang War Museum. It acquired notoriety in 1941 when it was the scene of the battle for Penang against the invading Japanese army. Today, it serves as a public museum and is regarded as one of the largest historical Bayan Lepas attractions.
The fort, which is located on the route to Teluk Kumbar on Penang’s southern coast, was built as part of a strategy to secure the island against foreign invasion and is now a restored citadel. Muzium Perang Pulau Pinang is another name for it. Following its completion, the former British bastion was guarded by British, Sikh, and Malay forces.
It was destroyed during WW2 when the Japanese attacked the fort from the inland rather than the sea, as the British intended. The Japanese took control of the fortress on that day (17 December 1941), and the army base became tainted with a shady past. Because of the hundreds of victims who were taken here and beheaded as a result of these war atrocities, the garrison was called ‘Bukit Hantu’ (Ghost Hill) by locals.
The Penang War Museum was rebuilt and presented to the public in 2002 as a testament to the city’s sad days. As an interesting fact, the 20-acre museum contains historical artefacts such as cannons, as well as military tunnels and munitions bunkers that are nine metres down. Some of these tunnels lead all the way to the sea, and they were originally used as submarine access ways, and getting through these passages sometimes necessitates walking or even crawling through extremely small, cramped areas. Additionally, there are lots of signposts to lead you through this eerie and large Bayan Lepas attraction’s many structures.
The Queensbay Mall first opened its doors on December 1, 2006. With a gross built-up of 2.5 million sq ft and over 1 million sq ft net lettable area, it is currently one of the largest, longest, and most contemporary Bayan Lepas attractions. The Mall is just minutes from the Penang Bridge, in the midst of a 73-acre waterfront development.
With five levels of retail, it is the most popular shopping location for both locals and tourists. Shoppers can enjoy the “low rise walk-thru” arrangement, which spans as long as 500 metres and provides excellent sight of the shop façade and merchandising displays, in addition to a well-planned tenant mix. The facility and amenity signage is precisely constructed to improve the shoppers’ convenience and comfort. The general interior design and lighting are intended to provide a welcoming and secure shopping atmosphere for the entire family.
The integrated entertainment zone on the third level, which offers a wide choice of entertainment and leisure activities ranging from multiplexes to roller skating, has been added to the attractions. Queensbay Mall’s tagline, “It’s all happening here!” perfectly encapsulated the “enhanced” lifestyles that Queensbay Mall provides — a place where one may shop, play, relax, socialise, entertain, and be amused. This Bayan Lepas attraction is an international standard “family lifestyle mall” that caters to families looking for good value for money and the most up-to-date designs and fashions.
Danai Spas are award-winning tranquillity havens in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the Pearl of the Orient. All Danai Spas are highly ranked, and clients can expect exceptional service as well as incredible spa treatment abilities that represent the pinnacle of relaxation, rejuvenation, and restoration. They provide a variety of Spa Experiences, Natural Healing, and Anti-Aging Advanced Aesthetics that reflect total wellness and youth revival.
This implies a one-stop shop for all your beauty and wellness requirements. Their luxury couples and singles suite rooms provide complete solitude and pampering, with full-sized Jacuzzis or bathtubs, shower facilities, and lavatories. A spa night in one of the most tranquil Bayan Lepas attractions will undoubtedly improve the mood and keep you feeling rejuvenated and ready for more vacation after a long day of walking and sightseeing.
Although Bayan Lepas is primarily an industrial region, it does have a number of noteworthy sights worth visiting. With its well-preserved stronghold and historical artefacts, the War Museum on top of Bukit Maung gives you an insight into the nation’s terrible past. Visit the Snake Temple in Sungai Kluang for a unique temple experience, including a photo opportunity with the temple’s slithery residents. If you’re more interested in natural history, the Penang Aquarium is a must-see. Whatever your heart desires, one of the many Bayan Lepas attractions will undoubtedly satisfy them.