The ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang, is a very well-known vacation destination. Penang’s original name was ‘Prince of Wales’ Island but it was later changed to Pulau Pinang, meaning ‘Island of the Betelnut’. A melting pot of various cultures, Pulau Pinang has a variety of attractions to offer to its visitors whatever their preferences are. While soaking in the sun at one of the many beautiful beaches is a must, visitors must bring along their most comfortable walking shoes because there is a whole new world to be explored in the quaint nooks and crannies of George Town . Offering the best of Asia, Penang 's sights and sounds reflect the colourful heritage of her many races and the pride of her people. Be it lush tropical gardens or ornately designed temples and unique heritage buildings, Penang will give you a glimpse into a world where nature, tradition and history blend into a rich cultural tapestry. Because of that, my teacher organized a cycling trip around Penang Island. So, I decided to join the cycling trip along with my 49 schoolmates’ and 2 teachers who will escort us. We gathered around 8 o’clock in the morning at the Tanjung Bungah. We were lucky because the weather was fine and sunny. The golden rays of the early morning sun brought much warmth and cheer. My friends and I was so excited and thrilled to wait for the trip to start. Before we start our journey, En.Hamdan, who is the trip organizer’s, gave us a briefing about safety and places that we are going to visit.
We start our journey at 9 a.m. Our first destination was Wat Chayamangkalaram which is a Siamese temple. It is just a stone’s throw away from Tanjung Bungah. The temple is well-known with its unique architecture design. This Thai architecture houses a 180-foot gold-plated statue of the reclining Buddha, Pra Buddhachaiya Mongkul - said to be one of the longest in the world. The interior of the temple is decorated with images of Buddha covered with gold foil. Siamese, local people and...
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