Penang Hill

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in News

The morning sun hung high on a canvas of clear blue sky accompanied by an army of prancing cumulus clouds; definitely a perfect setting for the inauguration of the Viewing Deck which took place on 8 Feb 2015. The speech by Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng during the official opening ceremony was greeted by many enthusiastic Penangnites, all whom were standing at about 750 metres above sea level, breathing in the cool fresh air of Penang Hill, as most aptly described by the Chief Minister himself.

Efforts to regenerate Penang Hill were not based on unfounded fantasies. From a mediocre 600,000 in 2011 to a whopping 1.23 million as presented by PHC statistics, the year 2013 saw a steady hike in numbers of visitors to Penang Hill. As of 2014, the figures surpassed the 1.36 million mark, rendering it necessary for a comprehensive approach towards sustainable planning to accommodate the constant inpouring of tourists. With a zealous vision of building a better Penang deeply embedded in the ethos of LLA, the firm undertook the monumental task of Penang Hill Phase 2 with great fervour to provide every tourist a perfect and complete experience of Penang Hill.

Construction of the viewing deck began in February 2014. With its completion, visitors can now relish and savour the spectacular panoramic view of George Town and Seberang Perai. The viewing deck consists of three tiers and a garden, all connected by a walkway that snakes through breath-taking vantage points, creating a poetic journey for the user. The viewing deck along with the completed new holding area and slope stabilization are part of the Phase 2 upgrading works at the Upper Station. The completion of Phase 2 will provide visitors with a lift to the viewing decks, a museum and a café to chill and unwind.

The Chief Minister also stressed that it will be a balanced development because much of the the ecosystem, the natural surroundings, the fauna and flora will be preserved, bearing in mind that the tourists come to enjoy the natural heritage, the cool fresh air of Penang Hill, with the vision of making Penang Hill the hill resort of choice in Malaysia, if not South East Asia.