Penang Hill is located on this island of Penang, within the area called
Air Itam. It is 6km from the city. Situated about 823 meters (2750 feet)
above sea level on this northern part of Penang, this oldest hill resort and the first in Malaysia has
cool, unpolluted air and historical feature. It stands prominently from
the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. It’s original name was
Flagstaff Hill known by the British, back in the old days of Penang ,
when a flag fluttering from a flagpole at Bel Retiro, the home of the
Governor of Penang at that time, was used as a signal transmitter.