Tropical Spice Garden
Teluk Bahang, Penang, Malaysia
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by Kenneth Khoo
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Thalia sp.


The challenge is to harmonise over 500 species/varieties of local and introduced tropical flora with the existing valley whilst maintaining the natural habitat of the local fauna through preservation of the indigenous plants. Endemic and culturally significant plants that are used as flavouring for food, medicines, dyes, perfumes and in customary practices have been specially selected to be showcased.  

Bamboo Garden

Ornamental Valley

Licuala palms


A mix of graphics and photography is used in signage application as a communication device to deliver the message and design relating to the garden. Easily read and visually attractive signage mounted on recycled timber poles are found throughout the garden providing plant information in both the English and Malay languages.

Giant Swing >

Viewing Stations

Benches built with more than generous proportions and deep seating are strategically positioned throughout the garden where visitors can rest and take in viewlines carefully crafted by managing plant growth habits to provide framed views of the Strait, valley and garden.

View from the Giant Swing >



Dry Stone Walls

These are built by a master builder from England based on a centuries-old craft which involves careful sorting and chipping of stones into shape which are piled into a wall without cement and held together solely by their own weight.   


Visitor Centre

Lone Crag Villa has been converted into a visitor centre hosting the Spice Museum, left, information counter, gift shop and the Spice Café, below. 

Perfume Door

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