Bel Retiro Bungalow, Penang Hill
is a government bungalow on Penang Hill
It was built in 1789 for the governor of Penang
, and remains within the exclusive use of the government.
It is the most prestigious property on Penang Hill
, built in the 1800s as a resort for high govenment officials and visiting dignitaries.
Bungalow was the favourite retreat of the first Yang di-Pertuan Agung and Tunku Abdul Rahman whenever they visit Penang
Senior government officers built their bungalows close to Bel Retiro
, on the principle of closeness is next to greatness.
Although the bungalow itself is out-of-bounds to the general public, one can hike up to its gate, a beautiful brick structure with an arch entranceway.
Approaching Bel Retiro
Approaching Bel Retiro (25 January 2012)
is located just beyond the mosque.
What to see and do
Visitors can go all the way to the gateway of the Bel Retiro Bungalow but no farther as it is private property.
Bel Retiro, Penang Hill
Bel Retiro, Penang Hill (5 March 2005)