Penang Monthly recently took a trip up the hill, guided by Penang Hill Corporation’s general manager Lee Kah Choon.
With its magnificent panoramic views and its cool climate, Penang Hill has always been a popular retreat, both for locals and tourists. Fortunately the hill has escaped major development plans that once loomed menacingly over it, including a plan from the 1990s to massively develop the hill by building hotels, high-end condos and a theme park. Such excessive development would have destroyed the biodiversity of the forests and could also have led to environmental disasters.
In 2010, the Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) was set up to look into the wellbeing of the Hill.
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