Butterworth is the largest town in North Seberang Perai, Penang. Butterworth is located approximately 3 kilometres east of Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, across the Penang Strait. Known unofficially in Malay as Bagan, Butterworth was named after British colonial official William John Butterworth, who served as the Governor of the Straits Settlements in the mid-19th century. The name Bagan referred to the wooden piers and jetties that jut out of the coast and along the Perai River. The town came into being as a landing place across the Penang Strait from George Town.
Butterworth has experienced massive industrialisation during the latter half of the 20th century. Since its founding, Butterworth has been acting as the main transportation hub within the state of Penang. It is linked to George Town primarily via Rapid Ferry. The Port of Penang operates its core operations in Butterworth, handling over 1.1 million TEU of cargo as of 2010, the second largest amount in Malaysia. In addition, the Butterworth railway station operated by both the Malayan Railway (along the west coast states of Peninsular Malaysia and into Singapore) and the State Railway of Thailand. As of 2010, Butterworth had a total of 71,643 residents.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, it takes 3 hours 48 minutes to reach Butterworth via the North-South Highway.
The journey from ETS train to Butterworth consumes about 3 hours 55 minutes.
The Nine Emperor Gods Temple is located in Butterworth. You will find three grand prayer halls, an inner courtyard and a dragon spewing water fountain, an inner sacred altar sanctuary and stairs way to view the architecture of the roof. Dou Mu, the mother in the Taoist Pantheon stood in the front prayer hall. The Nine Emperor Gods are seated just below the mother on the same level. The two-door generals (Mui Sin) are crafted from a single trunk of a tree. The doors are heavily carved and gold leaves are pasted on it. Besides that, weapons like rings, spears or swords used by the Gods are placed on the table.
The Penang Bird Park in Seberang Jaya has one of the best collections of birds indigenous to Malaysia, including the only full collection of Malaysian hornbills. It was opened on August 8, 1988, and officiated by Dr. Mahathir on November 26 of the same year. Presently it holds about 300 species of birds numbering around 2500 birds. The bird park employs an experienced trapper licensed by the Jabatan Perhilitan to catch the birds but only over a controlled number. It does not trade in endangered indigenous birds. Furthermore, the Bird Park does not use poachers or bounty hunters to collect the birds.
Aroma Hotel Butterworth offers quality accommodation and great service. It is also nearby facilities such as Tong San Chai Clinic, Bagan Specialist Centre and Medicare Clinic Raja Uda. Aroma Hotel Butterworth is home to 272 bedrooms. All are furnished with comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, linens and mirror. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. There are swimming pool and fitness centre as well as bicycle rent.
The hotel is not too far from the city centre and normally takes about 45 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, air conditioning, desk, telephone for convenience. There are dining options that serves variety of local and western cuisines and free parking is available for guests.