Timothy Tye
Ayer Itam

Ayer Itam, PenangAyer Itam, Penang (25 January, 2012)

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Ayer Itam (GPS: 5.40567, 100.28307), (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 亞依淡 Pinyin: Yà Yīdàn; Penang Hokkien: Ai3tam3) is one of the districts on Penang Island. Also written Ayer Itam, and occasionally as Air Hitam, it comprises numerous villages and neighbourhoods which are developed over the last hundred years or so. Once a largely agricultural area, Ayer Itam saw rapid urban development towards the final decade of the 20th century.

By the dawn of the 21th century, much of Ayer Itam has been urbanised. Older townships here include Thean Teik Estate, Hye Keat Estate, Kampung Melayu, Rifle Range and Reservoir Garden, while Farlim constitutes the new township of Ayer Itam.

Location of Ayer Itam on the map

Hotels in Ayer Itam

  1. Good Luck Inn (GPS: 5.40268, 100.27766)

Sights in Ayer Itam

  1. Ayer Itam Dam (GPS: 5.39455, 100.2636)
  2. Ayer Itam Mahamariamman Temple (GPS: 5.40381, 100.27925)
  3. Ayer Itam Reservoir (GPS: 5.4077, 100.28461)
  4. Ayer Itam Teambuilding Centre (GPS: 5.39713, 100.26546)
  5. Ayer Itam Tua Pek Kong Temple Gateway (GPS: 5.40208, 100.27678)
  6. Ayer Itam Tua Pek Kong Temple (GPS: 5.40236, 100.27667)
  7. Ayer Itam War Memorial Park (GPS: 5.40566, 100.28276)
  8. Bat Cave Temple (GPS: 5.41123, 100.27829)
  9. Chinese Anti-War Memorial (GPS: 5.41123, 100.27829)
  10. Christ Church (GPS: 5.40512, 100.28137)
  11. Fanyin Meditation Centre (GPS: 5.40512, 100.28137)
  12. Goddess of Mercy Pavilion (GPS: 5.39779, 100.27246)
  13. Heong Giam Si Temple (GPS: 5.4083, 100.29922)
  14. Huat Huah Liam Temple (GPS: 5.40702, 100.28429)
  15. Jade Emperor Pavilion (GPS: 5.40982, 100.27699)
  16. Kek Lok Si Temple (GPS: 5.40022, 100.27384)
  17. Kwarn Inn Sahn Pow Yin Sian Tsi (GPS: 5.40087, 100.2727)
  18. Little Sisters of the Poor (GPS: 5.40265, 100.29671)
  19. Masjid Jamek Al-Qadrie (GPS: 5.40388, 100.28555)
  20. Masjid Kampung Baru (GPS: 5.40554, 100.29507)
  21. Medan Angsana Park (GPS: 5.38999, 100.28272)
  22. Nanyang Thong Hong Siang T'ng, Penang Chapter (GPS: 5.4039, 100.28494)
  23. Penang Hill Railway Lower Station (GPS: 5.40811, 100.27724)
  24. Penang State Mosque (GPS: 5.40677, 100.30061)
  25. Poh Hua Tong (GPS: 5.4039, 100.28494)
  26. Risen Christ Catholic Church (GPS: 5.40436, 100.28196)
  27. Sheikh Omar Basheer Mausoleum (GPS: 5.4009, 100.28662)
  28. Shree Dharma Muniswarar Temple (GPS: 5.39765, 100.28362)
  29. Sri Ambakarathur Patrakaliamman Temple (GPS: 5.40469, 100.28944)
  30. True Jesus Church (GPS: 5.40263, 100.27793)
  31. Wisma Hui Yin Seh (GPS: 5.39338, 100.27847)
  32. Wisma Yatim Laki-Laki Islam (GPS: 5.40441, 100.29177)

What to eat in Air Itam

What's good to eat in Air Itam

Air Itam has so many coffee shops, restaurants, roadside stalls and other forms of eateries. I list as many as I can, and in addition to that, I am also providing to you recommendations from the locals who are members of my Penang Hawker Food and Penang Restaurant Food Facebook Groups, based on their recommendations on this post and this post.


Eateries in Ayer Itam

Hawker Centres in Ayer Itam

Hawker Stalls in Ayer Itam

Major Schools in Ayer Itam or along Jalan Ayer Itam

Shopping Centres in Ayer Itam

Markets in Ayer Itam

Businesses in Ayer Itam

Clinics in Ayer Itam

Neighbourhoods & Housing Estates of Ayer Itam

Apartments, Condominiums and other Residential Properties in Ayer Itam

  1. All Seasons Park Condominium, Farlim
  2. Aquamarine Apartment, Farlim
  3. Asia Heights, Farlim
  4. BL Avenue, Batu Lanchang/Farlim
  5. BL Garden, Batu Lanchang/Farlim
  6. Boulevard Condominium, Batu Lanchang/Farlim
  7. Desa Baiduri, Farlim
  8. Desa Bendera, Hill Railway Road
  9. Desa Intan, Farlim
  10. Desa Mawar, Farlim
  11. Desari Apartments, off Hill Railway Road
  12. GL Garden, Paya Terubong
  13. Melody Homes, Batu Lanchang/Farlim
  14. Opal Apartment, Farlim
  15. Pearl Apartment, Farlim/Paya Terubong
  16. Pen-Hill Condominium, off Hill Railway Road
  17. Penhill Apartment, off Hill Railway Road
  18. Penhill Perdana Condominium, off Hill Railway Road
  19. Ruby Apartment, Paya Terubong
  20. Sapphire Apartment, Paya Terubong
  21. Shineville Park Condominium, Farlim
  22. Sri Impian Apartment
  23. Sri Kristal Condominium, Farlim
  24. Taman Bukit Bendera, Hill Railway Road
  25. Taman Sri Ayer Itam, Hye Keat Estate
  26. Taman Sri Idaman Apartment, Air Putih
  27. Tanjung Court, Farlim
  28. Tiffany Villa, off Hill Railway Road
  29. Topaz Apartment, Farlim/Paya Terubong
  30. Turquoise Apartment, Farlim/Paya Terubong

Commercial Properties in Ayer Itam

Chinese Anti-War Memorial, Ayer Itam (3 December, 2011)

Sights along/off Jalan Ayer Itam (outside Ayer Itam proper)

About Ayer Itam

Located on the central part of Penang Island, Ayer Itam is hemmed in by hills on the west, separating it from Balik Pulau, and on the southeast, separating it from Green Lane. The main access roads to Ayer Itam were traditionally Jalan Ayer Itam and Jalan Paya Terubong, supplemented in recent years by the widened Batu Lanchang Lane.

Some part of Ayer Itam is densely populated. Most of the residential development here are geared towards the middle and lower-middle class. As the area was a hilly farmland, its original settlers were farmers and the working class. This evolves as Ayer Itam urbanise. There is a limited sprinkling of upscale development in the area, usually terrace or semi-detached landed properties which are two or three storeys high, built on land that are too narrow for high-rise properties.

The population density of Ayer Itam enables it to support a substantial commercial development. In particular, the township of Farlim has seen the opening of a few hypermarkets. Many businesses also operate a suburban branch in Ayer Itam.

Traffic congestion is a daily experience in Ayer Itam, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours. All three main access roads are highly congested in the morning until around 10:00 am, picking up once again towards noon.

Ayer Itam, Penang (25 January, 2012)

Jalan Ayer Itam and pedestrian bridge near Chung Ling High School (4 June, 2011)

Getting to Ayer Itam by public transport

All Rapid Penang buses numbered 2xx serve Ayer Itam. They include 201, 202, 203, 204 and 206.

Roads in the Ayer Itam area

Rivers in Ayer Itam

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