Teluk Bahang Dam
|District||Southwest Penang Island|
|• Local government||Penang Island City Council|
|• Mayor of Penang Island||Yew Tung Seang|
|• Telok Bahang State Assemblyman||Zolkifly Md Lazim (PPBM)|
|• Balik Pulau Member of Parliament||Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik (PKR)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed|
Teluk Bahang is a town within the city of George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. It is located within the Southwest Penang Island District, near the northwestern tip of Penang Island. Established as a fishing village, Teluk Bahang has evolved into a tourist destination, with a number of attractions built within the vicinity of the town. Notably, it is also home to the Teluk Bahang Dam, the largest reservoir on Penang Island.
Teluk Bahang was founded as an agricultural village, where fishing provided subsistence for the village's residents. In the latter half of the 20th century, the town was developed into a tourist destination.
Teluk Bahang was one of the hardest-hit areas during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. As a result, a network of tsunami warning systems has been set up throughout Penang, including in Teluk Bahang.
The town of Teluk Bahang straddles two mukims - Telok Bahang and Pantai Acheh. According to the 2010 National Census conducted by Malaysia's Department of Statistics, these mukims cumulatively contained a population of 7,494.
Rapid Penang bus routes 101, 102 and 501 include stops within Teluk Bahang, connecting the town with various destinations, such as Penang's capital city of George Town, the Penang International Airport, Sungai Nibong and Balik Pulau.
The Hop-On Hop-Off bus service, which utilises open-topped double-decker buses, caters mainly for tourists. It includes four stops within Teluk Bahang - the Tropical Spice Garden, Penang National Park, Entopia Butterfly Farm and the Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park.
- SMK Teluk Bahang
The Penang National Park, gazetted in 2003, spans 2,562 ha (25,620,000 m2) of the northwestern tip of Penang Island and is the smallest national park in the world. It encompasses mangrove swamps and rainforest interspersed with hiking trails, as well as beaches such as Monkey Beach and Kerachut Beach. One of the hiking trails leads to the Muka Head Lighthouse, which is situated at the northwestern tip of the island. The forest reserve is home to over 600 species of flora and fauna.
- Tropical Spice Garden
The Tropical Spice Garden was also opened in 2003 and is an 8-acre (32,000 m2) secondary forest consisting of 500 species of floras and faunas. Local varieties of spices can be found within the garden, which includes a culinary school dedicated to the famed local cuisine. This spice repository was also featured in the reality television show The Amazing Race 16.
- Tropical Fruit Farm
- Entopia Butterfly Farm
Established in 1986 as the Penang Butterfly Farm, it was the first butterfly sanctuary in Malaysia. Following an upgrade in 2016, it was renamed as the Entopia Butterfly Farm. This butterfly sanctuary is home to about 13,000 butterflies from 120 different species, including the rare Indian Leafl (Kallima paralekta), the endangered Yellow Bird wing (Troides helena) and Rajah Brooke's Bird wing, as well as small reptiles.
- Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park
The Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park, established in 1974, is a recreational area equipped with picnic and camping grounds, and encompasses a handful of waterfalls and a forestry museum.
- ESCAPE Adventure Play
- ESCAPE Water Play
Launched in 2017 as the aquatic version of the ESCAPE Adventure Play, the ESCAPE Water Play consists of a variety of aquatic attractions and swimming pools, including the world's longest water slide.
Completed in 1999, the Teluk Bahang Dam, the largest reservoir on Penang Island, is capable of storing 19.24 billion litres of water. It also holds the distinction of being the only dam in Malaysia to be built within a few kilometres from the sea. In addition, the dam functions as a sports venue, as the yearly Penang International Dragon Boat Festival is held within the dam. The dragon boat race, held every December, attracts dozens of local and international teams, such as from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
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