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Balik Pulau is a town in the Southwest Penang Island District, Penang, Malaysia. It serves as the seat of the Southwest Penang Island District.The agricultural town of Balik Pulau was established in 1794 by the British East India Company. To this day, the economy of Balik Pulau still relies heavily on agriculture; Penang's most famous products, including nutmegs, cloves and durians, are grown and harvested in the town. These have also contributed to the town's growing tourism sector; Balik Pulau's reputation for its wide variety of durians, for instance, attracts hordes of tourists between May and August each year.While Balik Pulau, and by extension, the western part of Penang Island, is generally seen as quieter in comparison to the bustling city of George Town on the other side of the island, urbanisation has also reached the town in recent years, with more residential developments being planned for this part of Penang Island.EtymologyBalik Pulau means 'the back of the island' in Malay. It refers to the town's location at the western side of Penang Island, geographically separated from George Town to the northeast by the island's central hills.Balik Pulau is in Penang Island. Whether you only want to go to Balik Pulau, or have a whole adventure planned, Inspirock has you covered with our user-friendly Malaysia day trip tool.
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