(Masjid Bukit Bendera)
Penang Hill Mosque, or Masjid Bukit Bendera, is the only mosque on Penang Hill. Erected for use by Muslims living and working on the Hill, the mosque is located at a short distance from the Hindu Temple. The majority of users of the mosque are those working at the stalls near the Penang Hill Railway Station, government servants working on Penang Hill
The Penang Hill Mosque brings a touch of Islamic architecture to the otherwise colonial-style buildings on the Hill. Its minarets and domes stand in stark contrast to the surroundings, balanced only by the existence of the Hindu temple nearby.
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(Penang Hill Hindu Temple)
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, or better known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. It was set up in the 1800's as a small shrine to the Hindu deity Murugan (the deity associated with Thaipusam) by the Indian sepoys and sedan chair carriers, and is located at a mount within Penang Hill called Gun Hill.
The Dravidian style of constructing Hindu temples calls for four principal parts. The temple proper, or vimana, is the shrine with a tower, a mandapa, or porch, gopurams, or gate towers, and chawadis, or pillar halls. In addition, there would usually be a tank of water for use in sacred rituals or for cleansing.
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With the oldest building (Convalescent Bungalow) dated to 1803, Penang Hill is a good repository of bungalows featuring a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern architecture.
Bel Retiro is a government bungalow on Penang Hill. It was built in 1789 for the Governor of Penang, and remains within the exclusive use of the government. It is the most prestigious property on Penang Hill, built in the 1800s as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. Bel Retiro Bungalow was the favorite retreat of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agung (King) and Tunku Abdul Rahman (Prime Minister) whenever they visit Penang. Senior government officers built their bungalows close to Bel Retiro, on the principle of closeness is next to greatness. Although the bungalow itself is out-of-bounds to the general public, one can hike up to its gate, a beautiful brick structure with an arch entranceway called the Gate House, for a nice photo opportunity.
It was not an easy path that the Hill had grown over time and molded it into the great place that we share today.