Penang Avatar Secret LED Tulip Garden Lights
If only the hidden field of 3,000 secrets LED glowing tulips in bright shades behind the Penang Avatar Secret Garden would sing!
This “neon light show” is a crowd puller and draws locals and tourists to this enchanted forest of light. The Penang Avatar Secret Garden is not so secret anymore as it attracts scores of visitors every night. During the holidays and long weekends, the mystery garden is packed with cars and holidaymakers.
The area behind the Thai Pak Koong Temple Tanjung Tokong was once a disused area. The hillock garden is accessible by foot via a narrow dirt path sandwiched between the temple and a seafood restaurant.
There are two ways to go up to the top of the little hillock. One is through the gateway with a wooden staircase. The other is going a little further and entering by the back.
FIELDS OF TULIPS
This is the home of the crowds of the famously planted LED tulips in a riot of colors in blue, white, red, yellow, white and green.
The Penang Avatar Secret Garden is a private landscaping project undertaken and sponsored by MBI Group has its name spelled out in red tulips!
Even though entrance to the garden is free, we found a sign put up here. Apparently, some overzealous visitors have damaged some of the tulips by climbing in to take photographs.
The entire hillock is well connected by a series of wooden staircases. As it is rather dim, visitors need to be careful where they step. The neon lights can be mesmerizing.
We spent time taking selfies for Instagram and waiting to get the best angles. It was so much fun taking our photos with this magical backdrop. If you want to visit a real tulip farm, check out the photos here.
The area behind the Thai Pak Koong Temple in Tanjung Tokong, Penang, appears like any other forested hillocks in the daytime.
At night it becomes a surreal bioluminescent world depicted in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster flick ‘Avatar’.
The light show starts at 7.30pm and the timer switches off at 11.45pm. Entrance to the Penang Avatar Secret Garden is FREE.
To visit the temple, turn into Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong off Jalan Tanjung Tokong at the traffic lights. Proceed past the Uda Flats located at the junction. There are “Uncles” and “Pakciks” welding torch lights to point you in the right direction. Drive between rows of pre-war village homes and go through the archway. You can park at the compound which opens towards the seaside.
Parking space is limited, during weekends. It’s better to carpool or take the public bus and walk in.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
We recommend starting earlier if you’re heading up during the long weekends. For weekdays, you could start your journey around 6 pm from George Town, depending on after work traffic. Otherwise, just enjoy the slower drive and Penang views.
Check Waze for actual traffic conditions.
LEAVING BY CAR
On the way out, the “Uncles” and “Pakciks” will direct you to turn left. Follow the driveway and exit out between a small building and some plants onto Jalan Tanjung Bungah. Remember not to turn left as it is a dead end, and you will need to reverse all the way out.