Air Itam, Penang






Air 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 often incorrectly as Air Hitam, it comprises numerous villages and neighbourhoods which are developed over the last hundred years or so. Once a largely agricultural area, Air Itam saw rapid urban development towards the final decade of the 20th century.

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

Hotels in Air Itam

  1. Good Luck Inn

Kek Lok Si Temple, the most famous landmark of Air Itam (25 January, 2012)






Air Itam, Penang (25 January, 2012)


Located on the central part of Penang Island, Air 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 Air Itam were traditionally Jalan Air Itam and Jalan Paya Terubong, supplemented in recent years by the widened Batu Lanchang Lane.

Some part of Air 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 Air 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.

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


The population density of Air 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 Air Itam.

Traffic congestion is a daily experience in Air 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.



Getting to Air Itam by public transport

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

Location of Air Itam on the map

Sights in Air Itam

  1. Air Itam Dam
  2. Air Itam Mahamariamman Temple
  3. Air Itam Reservoir
  4. Air Itam Teambuilding Centre
  5. Air Itam Tua Pek Kong Temple Gateway
  6. Air Itam Tua Pek Kong Temple
  7. Air Itam War Memorial Park
  8. Bat Cave Temple
  9. Chinese Anti-War Memorial
  10. Christ Church
  11. Fanyin Meditation Centre
  12. Goddess of Mercy Pavilion
  13. Heong Giam Si Temple
  14. Huat Huah Liam Temple
  15. Jade Emperor Pavilion
  16. Kek Lok Si Temple
  17. Kwarn Inn Sahn Pow Yin Sian Tsi
  18. Little Sisters of the Poor
  19. Masjid Jamek Al-Qadrie
  20. Masjid Kampung Baru
  21. Medan Angsana Park
  22. Nanyang Thong Hong Siang T'ng, Penang Chapter
  23. Penang Hill Railway
  24. Penang State Mosque
  25. Poh Hua Tong
  26. Risen Christ Catholic Church
  27. Sheikh Omar Basheer Mausoleum
  28. Shree Dharma Muniswarar Temple
  29. Sri Ambakarathur Patrakaliamman Temple
  30. Sri Sivasakthi Temple
  31. True Jesus Church
  32. Wisma Hui Yin Seh
  33. Wisma Yatim Laki-Laki Islam

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

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

  1. Dhoby Ghaut Temple
  2. Dhoby Ghaut
  3. Mahindarama Buddhist Temple
  4. Malaysian German Society
  5. Masjid Jamek Shaik Eusoff
  6. Penang Japanese Association
  7. Suffolk House

Roads in the Air Itam area

  1. Ayer Puteh Road
  2. Batu Lanchang Lane
  3. Boundary Road
  4. Chor Sin Kheng Road
  5. Grove Road
  6. Gunaratana Road
  7. Hill Railway Road
  8. Ibbetson Road
  9. Jalan Abdullah Ariff
  10. Jalan Air Itam
  11. Jalan Angsana
  12. Jalan Han Chiang
  13. Jalan Joki
  14. Jalan Khoo Hye Keat
  15. Jalan Kuda
  16. Jalan Lumba Kuda
  17. Jalan Padang Tembak
  18. Jalan Paya Terubong
  19. Jalan Pisang Emas
  20. Jalan Pisang Embun
  21. Jalan Pisang Nangka
  22. Jalan Pisang Raja
  23. Jalan Pisang Rastali
  24. Jalan Pisang Tanduk
  25. Jalan Sekolah La Salle
  26. Jalan Shaik Eusoff
  27. Jalan Shaik Madar
  28. Jalan Taman Cantik
  29. Jalan Taman Ria 1
  30. Kampar Road
  31. Lebuh Padang Tembak
  32. Lebuhraya Thean Teik
  33. Lim Lean Teng Road
  34. Lintang Abdullah Ariff
  35. Lintang Zoo
  36. Lorong Khoo Hye Keat
  37. Lorong Lumba Kuda
  38. Lorong Padang Tembak
  39. Lorong Sempadan 2
  40. Lorong Shaik Eusoff
  41. Persiaran Taman Cantik
  42. Range Road
  43. Solok Sekolah La Salle
  44. Taman David Chen
  45. Taman Lintang
  46. Taman Lumba Kuda
  47. Thean Teik Road
  48. Zoo Road

Eateries in Air Itam

  1. August Cafe
  2. Bee San
  3. Excellent Cafe
  4. Farlim Kopitiam
  5. Kafe Sheng Yuen
  6. Kampar Fish Jelly Restaurant
  7. Kampung Melayu Junction Hokkien Mee
  8. Kedai Kopi Shalom
  9. Kedai Kopi Teoh Guan Hup
  10. Kedai Makanan Sin Nam Huat
  11. Kee San Seafood Corner
  12. New Top Taste Restaurant
  13. Pin Pin Cafe
  14. Restoran Enrich
  15. Restoran Golden City
  16. Restoran Jin Kuang
  17. Restoran Makanan Thai Chang Cheng
  18. Restoran New Dragon & Phoenix
  19. Restoran Satu Sembilan Sembilan Tujuh
  20. Restoran Tong Hai Aun
  21. Restoran Yee San

Hawker Centres in Air Itam

  1. Air Itam Market Food Court
  2. Kafe 3288
  3. Lye Lye Cafe
  4. Pacific Ocean Food Court

Hawker Stalls in Air Itam

  1. Air Itam Market Laksa
  2. Air Itam Sisters Curry Mee

Major Schools in Air Itam or along Jalan Air Itam

  1. Chung Ling High School
  2. Chung Ling (Private) High School
  3. Han Chiang High School
  4. Methodist Boys School

Shopping Centres in Air Itam

  1. Econsave Farlim
  2. Giant Superstore Farlim
  3. Pasar Raya Bandar Baru

Markets in Air Itam

  1. Air Itam Market
  2. Farlim Market
  3. Kampung Baru Market

Businesses in Air Itam

  1. Eng Lee Hin Crockery Dealer
  2. Golden Salon Bride's House & Photo
  3. Hai-O Air Itam
  4. Hoe Tatt Motor Trading
  5. Kedai Ubat Eng Chai Tong
  6. Kedai Ubat Pek Hock Tong
  7. Kedai ubat Yong Lee Hung Trading
  8. Keng Gin Hoe Medical Hall
  9. Nyin Oi Tong Medical Hall
  10. Poh Cheong Tong Medical Hall
  11. Soon Joo Trading
  12. TAL Farmasi
  13. The House of Red Gincu
  14. Top Power Bikers

Clinics in Air Itam

  1. Chong Dental Surgery
  2. Ewe Dental Surgery
  3. O2 Klinik

Neighbourhoods & Housing Estates of Air Itam

  1. Air Itam Village
  2. Farlim
  3. Happy Valley
  4. Hye Keat Estate
  5. Kampung Baru
  6. Kampung Melayu
  7. Kampung Pisang
  8. Reservoir Garden (Air Putih)
  9. Riffle Range
  10. Taman Cantik

Apartments, Condominiums and other Residential Properties in Air 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 Air 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 Air Itam

  1. BL Business Centre
  2. Sri Indah Business Centre

Rivers in Air Itam

  1. Sungai Air Itam
  2. Sungai Air Putih
  3. Sungai Pinang

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