Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Update: In the 1940s, boats used to carry cargo all the way from the sea-front all the way along Prangin Canal, which was once a river, passing by Capitol Cinema (demolished to make way for Komtar) until the junction...
Why rush to the top of Penang Hill, when the ride up in the slow ol' wooden train was itself a priceless multi-sensational experience. A ride up Penang in the 1960s by tunglang The old, steady and trusty way up to the...
The MPPP is embarking on a RM10-12m project to upgrade the heritage Chowrasta market - its first makeover since 1961. The project will be awarded by open tender, said CM Guan Eng. As the building is deemed to...
This is what Penang Road looked like in the early 20th century - we once had a car-free George Town, didn't we? (Click on picture to enlarge) The foreground is the intersection of Chulia Street (left) with Penang Road....
A light rail or tramway once extended from the Weld Quay jetty to Penang Hill via Air Itam Road. This must be near the turn-off to the General Hospital (Jalan Utama) or Jalan York. This route is worth...
This was a unique roundabout in Penang, the intersection of six different roads - one of the 'happening' areas of old George Town. By the way, congrats to Ric for his book being selected among the "50...
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion along Leith Street In Penang has made it into a list of the top 10 greatest mansions and grand houses in the world. The selection was done by Lonely Planet with the following citation: Built...
As you can see, Penang once had an eco-friendly public transport system. Thanks to Ric for this photo from the 1950s. Click on the photo to view a full-screen version. Here you can see a trolleybus passing by the...
Reader Grandma sends us her recollection of how well public transport was organised around Maxwell Road (next to present-day Prangin Mall). [googlemaps https://maps.google.com.my/maps?q=maxwell+road+penang&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Jalan+Maxwell,+Georgetown,+10100+George+Town,+Penang&t=m&vpsrc=6&ll=5.414427,100.332406&spn=0.009613,0.009656&z=16&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=450&h=450] I lived in Maxwell Road which is parallel to Prangin Road until the demolition to make way...
A couple of fascinating images of Chulia Street, showing early modes of public transport. This section of Chulia Street is likely to be between Chulia Lane and Love Lane. Notice the wide pavement for pedestrians. Unfortunately, the pavement...

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