Top 5 Butterworth Attractions (2021)

Butterworth is the major urban community in the Malaysian city of Seberang Perai. It’s about 3 kilometres east of George Town, Penang’s capital city, across the Penang Strait. Butterworth has a population of 107,591 people as of 2021. It was named after William John Butterworth, a mid-nineteenth-century Governor of the Straits Settlements. Because of its proximity to George Town, the town grew into a transit centre. While the British East India Company originally acquired Seberang Perai (then known as Province Wellesley) for agricultural purposes, Butterworth underwent tremendous industrialization in the second part of the twentieth century. It is now one of the most visited places in the Penang precinct!

1. Penang Bird Park

Penang Bird Park, which is located in Seberang Jaya, is Malaysia’s first and largest bird park. Over 3000 birds roam freely within this bird park. Over 300 different species from all over the world, including sunbirds, are housed in this sanctuary. Penang Bird Park is home to deer, fish, and a variety of reptiles and fauna, in addition to birds. Its stunning scenery, along with the free-roaming animals, is absolutely breathtaking. The park also has eateries, ensuring that you leave with joyful memories and a full stomach.

2. Frog Hill

Frog Hill, which is also known locally as Guar Petai, is one of the few Penang hidden jewels, as it is not as well-known as the city’s many other commercialised areas recommended for tourists. This isn’t a hill full of frogs, contrary to popular perception. Rather, it is actually a decommissioned tin mine and many people compare Penang’s Frog Hill to China’s Jiuzhaigou, a magnificent site with spectacular natural landscapes, beautiful lakes, and filled with incredible waterfalls. We recommend wearing flip flops (or slippers) if you are planning on visiting Guar Petai, as red clay is something unavoidable in tin mining areas.

3. Penang Ferry Ride

The view of Penang from the centre of the Penang Sea is unparalleled. Most people consider the boat to be only a mode of transportation, but because it is so inexpensive, you can also use it solely to take in the breathtaking scenery in a one of a kind experience! The ferry voyage from Butterworth to the island takes around 20 minutes and during that time, it will undoubtedly be giving you plenty of time to capture photos, videos, and relax in the sea breeze! Locals and visitors alike appreciate the experience and enjoy it from time to time themselves as well!

4. Pantai Bersih

Pantai Bersih literally translates to “clean beach”, and as its name states, it lives true to it, with employees at the beach regularly visiting the beach to clean up rubbish in the area and helping maintain its title as such. Many visitors come to see the view of the island from the beach’s cliffs which offers a beautiful view unmatched by others. Clams can also be found burrowed in the sand and can be sought out as a form of fun during the trip there. If you are hungry, there are also a lot of seafood restaurants in the neighbourhood to choose from.

5. Art Walk in Butterworth

Beautiful street art can be found all across Penang, not only in George Town. Butterworth Art Walk is one of the results of a group of dedicated Penang artists who wish to share their culture and history with the rest of the world through the form of art. The murals and installations are unique on the island since they portray Seberang Perai’s agricultural economy and history. Bring your friends and family to the Butterworth Art Walk and shoot photos that will amaze your Instagram followers.

6. Temple of Nine Emperors

This temple is dedicated to the Nine Emperor Gods of Taoist mores, and is one of the largest temples in Butterworth. This temple complex will become the talk of the town during the annual Nine Emperor Gods Festival. It is a nine-day celebration, where the devotees abstain from consuming meat as a means to purify themselves. The highlight of the festival is the devotees’ act of faith and dedication by partaking in extreme rituals, including fire walking, walking on a blade of stairs, and impaling their flesh with skewers.

Starting out as only a transit point, Butterworth has proven its worth (pun intended) as being capable of being a travel destination as well for those looking to visit. Having a variety of attractions be it a more natural one, one based on religion, or simply just for art, Butterworth has it all. A day’s trip here would suffice as it is not the biggest city however proving to be a place that can offer way more than what meets the eye!