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Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

It’s no more secret anymore as the name on Google maps shows ‘Secret Avatar Garden’ as many people has been flocking into this little north east corner of Penang where the historical Tua Pek Kong shrine is located at. Tanjung Tokong Tua Pek Kong Temple is the commonly known name which has been around for century and the small seafood cafe still standing strong after decades and business gets rocketed with this ‘Secret Avatar Garden’.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

Pearl Garden Seafood Cafe, looking simple, but it’s amazingly local.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

Total damage of the night – RM153.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

Satay was OK, so I did not take any photo of it.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

Checking out the century old shrine before heading to the hilly slope to see the installation.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

View tower on the beach lights up with cool neon light.

So what’s this secretive all about? A man-made light installation on the tree top that resembles the magical look of the famous James Cameron’s flick – Avatar. This is not Jiuzhaigou hilly forest, but I am confident the the light installation will amaze you.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

There’s a old bunker by the seaside and it looks extremely amazing with this neon colour.

Penang Secret Avatar Garden & Seafood Dinner At Pearl Garden

How about some Chinese Chess?

A visit to this place would be nice during evening before sunset to catch a glimpse of the beautiful straits and enjoy a little simple seafood meal. Nothing fancy, just grilled crab, steamed prawn, fried noodles and coconut juice, it makes a simple meal great though. As night falls, the light installation turns on and you can slowly make your way to the hilly slope at the back of the seafood place.

It’s crowded, even during weekdays, and it’s no doubt became the new attraction of Penang. Have fun!

Here are some tips:

  • Just drive your car all the way to the beach, there’s car park attendant collecting payment and they will help you to look for a good parking spot. Parking @ RM3.
  • Weekday visit would be good, weekend would be crowded, on the road.
  • Seafood is reasonable, so have a feast first before checking out the area.
  • Going over by Grab/Uber? Just key in –┬áThai Pak Koong Temple Tanjung Tokong.
About Author

Nick is an interior designer and tech enthusiast based in Penang, Malaysia who constantly exploring places, indulges great food, discovering good design and is a shutterbug. Nick usually writes about Penang, happenings, travel, food, design and personal thoughts.


  • Calvyn
    November 15, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I still yet to visit this avatar garden. really need to schedule a week day.

    • Declan Lawton
      May 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Calvyn,

      Have you tried it? Please share your experience. I wanted to try it.

  • williamnoah
    February 1, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Hi Declan Lawton

    I tried it…it is really awesome…dont wait go and try it

  • TKDigitals
    September 9, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Looks amazing. Eagerly waiting for to visit this restaurant. I just wanted to see how it looks during the evening while catching a glimpse of beautiful straits.

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