Gurney Drive

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Another of the sea-frontiers of Malaysia, Gurney Drive is located in Georgetown in Penang. The lovely smell of the roadside hawker stalls will draw you to this popular tourist spot. The construction of the road was completed in 1936 and was earlier known as New Coast Road. The Gurney Drive was named in memories of Sir Henry Gurney who was the British High Commissioner. A recent project, Tanjung Tokong was planned to protect the beaches of Gurney Drive which were falling prey to coastal erosion and was slowly getting lost.

Earlier Gurney Drive used to have sandy beaches and was home to various seashells. During the period from 1960 to 1980, the purity of the sea water indulged the area in becoming host to many dragon boat races. But the beauty and clarity of the sea water is lost now and along with the excitement it once hold is also gone. You will get to see many hotels and shopping centers in Gurney Drive now. But these were once the place for war training houses and bungalows where priests from various countries of Southeast Asia were brought to get trained for war.

The Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is located near to Gurney Drive. It has a pair of white elephants standing at the entrance. There is a wishing pond inside the temple. The temple was built in 1805. During Wesak Day festival you will find the temple bustling with activities. You can also find your way to the Roman Catholic Church, named Church of Immaculate Conception which is also located nearby. In Tanjong Tokong, you can visit the Tua Pek Kong Temple. The temple becomes all the more important in the Chinese New Year festival. You can look out for the temple’s divine architecture and its peaceful surroundings. Located nearby is the Chooi Bee Keong temple where you will be fascinated by the traditional Chinese interior and exterior decorations. The 700,000sqft Gurney Paragon Mall is another attraction of Gurney Drive. The lifestyle mall has an outdoor dining area which is set within the heritage building of St. Joseph’s Novitiate. You can hop and shop around from the wide collection of branded outlets. There are several restaurants and cafes to energize you once you are done with you shopping.

Gurney Drive also boasts of a wonderful night life which you must give a shot. The German Brussels Beer Café has a collection of the best beers from round the world. A wide variety of continental dishes are served in the classy bistro, 75 Degree Restaurant. The relaxing seating arrangements along with a variety of cocktails and retro music add G Spot to the list. If you are a lover of seafood you should visit the Bali Hai Restaurant. The wonderful environment with its elegant dining setup will see to it that you definitely enjoy your dine. However Gurney Drive is also about hawker food and hence a visit to the Gurney Drive Food Court becomes all the more important. The cheap yet quality food will serve you the best.

Exciting Tours of Penang

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Tourist attractions in Penang are endless in numbers as one can visit as many 
places as possible but still quite a few will still be left. Penang’s potential is not 
confined to mere limits as it has the right to be Asia’s Best travel destination 
compared to other cities as it has everything starting from beautiful beaches, night 
markets, hawker stalls, restaurants, delicacies, historical monuments, temples, 
architectural buildings etc.  Besides Penang, someone can also take the express
bus to Genting from Singapore, it will be an exciting trip.
 
The Penang experience of touring starts with visiting the streets of George Town 
which represents the British era architectural buildings designed to suit the colonial 
past of Penang. Visitors usually walk through George Town sightseeing historical 
designs of each building & complimenting these century old buildings for their 
unique stability & strength. The George Town encourages its visitors to ride bicycle 
or trishaw which sends message for using eco friendly or green vehicles which 
creates no pollution & conserves these historical sites at the same time. 
 
Over so many years, Penang has bloomed as a city with modern infrastructures 
along with historical past. The Penang city tours are one of the prime exploring 
opportunities for tourists visiting Penang for short duration. Penang is proud about 
its own cultural heritage which has inspired people to progress & prosper. It has 
managed & conserved its historical past in form of War Museum while on the other 
hand; various tours are conducted around the island showing the modernized 
commercial side of Penang with several production factories, retail outlets & 
jewelry stores.       
 
It is generally said that Penangites are fond of eating hawker foods. The hawker 
food symbolizes taste & fusion of several ethnic groups in Malaysia which has 
contributed towards finger licking delicious cuisines. These cuisines are prepared in 
their own different ways using proper ingredients & spices. The Hawker Food has 
gained immense popularity due to its style of cooking resonating its flavors among 
every Penangites. The most popular forms of Hawker Food come from Malay, 
Chinese & Indian. 
 
One of the greatest attractions of Penang is Batu Ferringhi Beach which offers 
stunning view of the ocean during sunset. This particular beach hosts several 
prominent hotels which makes it one of the popular beaches in Penang. The 
bustling of people on this beach craving for fast food, drinks, snacks etc. has 
escalated the sales of the hawker’s eateries. The Batu Ferringhi Beach is also 
known for its magnificent waves along with beautiful rays of sun in the morning 
which brightens everyone’s lives with new hope & energy. Penang is a stunning 
tourist destination in every aspect.