Bayan Lepas is a Malaysian town in the state of Penang. It’s at the southeastern tip of Penang Island, in the Southwest Penang Island District. The Penang International Airport as well as an eponymous Free Industrial Zone, called the Silicon Valley of the East due to its size, are both located in Bayan Lepas, which was founded in the 19th century. Several international electronic and engineering companies have established factories and assembly plants in the town, including Bosch, Motorola, Dell, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard.
According to folklore, a family from Sumatra created Bayan Lepas in the late nineteenth century. In 1935, the Penang International Airport, British Malaya’s first civilian airport, opened its doors. It was an agricultural area for much of the town’s history, with rice production being a key source of wealth. The Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone was established in the 1970s, ushering in the town’s rapid expansion.
Housing townships like Bayan Baru and Sungai Ara to the north, and Batu Maung to the southeast, surround Bayan Lepas proper.
Although Bayan Lepas is primarily an industrial neighbourhood, it does have a number of significant sights worth visiting. With its well-preserved stronghold and historical artefacts, the War Museum on top of Bukit Maung provides a look into the nation’s tragic past.
Visit the Snake Temple in Sungai Kluang for a unique temple experience, including a photo opportunity with the temple’s slithery residents. If you’re more interested in natural history, the Penang Aquarium and the Bukit Jambul Orchid & Hibiscus Garden are must-sees.
Restaurants & Dining
Dining in Bayan Lepas is a multi-cultural experience. There are a variety of cuisines to choose from, ranging from local fare to foreign delights.
Pinang Fisherman Wharf is a year-round coastal restaurant that serves fresh seafood.
Bravo Italiana caters to Italian food lovers, while Golden Triangle Restaurant and DAORAE Korean BBQ Restaurant cater to fans of South-East Asian cuisine. Those looking for real Malay cuisine should visit Restoran Mak Long in Batu Maung, while those on a tight budget should try OXO Cafélab’s relatively affordable set lunches.
Where to Shop
The brand-new Queensbay Complex in Bayan Lepas is the city’s largest, longest, and most interesting shopping mall.
Queensbay Mall, located in the heart of Penang’s most recent area development, is the island’s largest retail property development, intended to revolutionise the island’s retail sector. Queensbay Mall, which spans 2.6 million square feet and is located across the river from Pulau Jerejak and the Penang Bridge, has an impressive outlook.
There’s a lot to see and do in Bayan Lepas. The Bukit Jambul Country Club, located near Hotel Equatorial, caters to golfers, while the eight-screen Golden Screen Cinema at Queensbay Mall caters to moviegoers. Queensbay Mall’s Reflexology Zone can provide much-needed muscular relief after a day of wandering around Bayan Lepas’ many attractions.
Take a day trip to Pulau Jerejak, a gorgeous resort island with a wide choice of facilities for your recreational needs, for something different.
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