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’.
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.
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 – Thai Pak Koong Temple Tanjung Tokong.