The Armenian Park located at Armenian Street at the heart of George Town’s heritage zone, underwent some re-development recently and is now transformed into a more proper public garden for those who wish to take in some greenery in the city.
Locally known as Penang’s “Avatar” Secret Garden, this recent addition to the island is actually a renovated and re-developed mini park at the small hill behind the Tanjung Tokong Tua Pek Kong Temple. The trees as well as the hill and its surroundings are decorated with various lightings (that change and illuminating different colors in intervals) which almost resemble the Pandora forest from the movie Avatar.
Location of the Penang Avatar Secret Garden: Google Map Link.
As the main attraction of The Habitat at Penang Hill, the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk features breathtaking views atop the rainforest hill of Penang island. It provides an elevated walkway and a 360 degrees viewing platform above the trees (with a height of 13 meters from the ground), offering the highest panoramic view of the island. Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk was named after Charles Curtis, the first British superintendent of the Penang Botanic Gardens and who is also a botanist himself.
Claiming to be the country’s first ecotourism site, The Habitat at Penang Hill is the newest attraction to join the ranks of popular tourism sites in Penang. With its objectives in promoting environmental causes and the conservation of nature, The Habitat features walking trails within the lush rainforest of Penang. Along these trails, one can find a variety of flora and fauna which inhabit the rainforest and hills, ranging from tiny insects to the rainforest’s wildlife and plants.
A place which will be appreciated by people who like nature, The Habitat also features its own attractions like the giant swings, mini gardens and a tree top walk, in addition to guided walking tours. There are several other new attractions (like the canopy walk) which are being developed currently and are expected to be completed by the year’s end.
For more info on The Habitat, do visit its official website located HERE.