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...
A glimpse from the past, this time a coffee shop along Church Street.tunglang who submitted this photo describes the scene as "Tham Chiak Kuis from Scandinavia salivating without 'Good Morning' mini China towel at my favorite Eng Loh...
Here's something that some ex-Xaverians found out when they attended a reunion bash: St Xavier's Institution in Penang is probably the oldest surviving formal school in the land.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvoJyy_shTM?rel=0]The year 1852 inscribed on the school building is...

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