"Penang Hill Funicular" Penang Transportation Tip by Willettsworld

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Penang Hill lies about 5km west of the George Towns city centre and makes for a fun afternoon outing especially when combined with a trip to the nearby Kek Lok Si Temple. Running up the 821-metre high hill is a funicular railway which was built by the British between 1906 and 1923 at a cost of 1.5 million Straits Dollars, so that the British officers could journey up the hill for convalescence or simply to relax and enjoy the cooler air. The funicular railway was only open to the public on 21st October 1923.

A journey up the hill takes about half an hour, and requires changing trains mid station. This is due to the difference in steepness. The lower section, which is 907 meters in length, has a steepness of 50.5% while the higher section, with a distance of 1313 meters, has a steepness of 51.3%. The system operates on a single track with passing loop, with two carriages one going up while the other coming down. The track forks into two to accommodate the two passing carriages. The original carriages which date from 1923 were replaced with newer ones in 1977. One of the original carriages is now displayed at the Penang State Museum. Be aware that you may have to wait a while in order to get on the train.

Admission: RM4 return.
Take bus 204 from George Town

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  • Written Aug 17, 2010
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