Argyll Road 万葛里巷

Argyll Road, George Town, Penang (19 March, 2010)

Argyll Road, or Jalan Argyll, is one of the roads branching out of Penang Road, in George Town, Penang. Today it is a one way street with traffic flow from Penang Road to Larut Road. Argyll Road also form a major intersection with Transfer Road, and minor junctions with Clarke Street, Ceylon Lane, Amoy Lane and Argyll Lane, which is said to be the longest lane in George Town without an address.

Location of sights on Argyll Road

Hotels on Argyll Road

  1. Cozy Home Inn (GPS: 5.42238, 100.32848)
  2. Tido Hostel Penang (GPS: 5.42153, 100.33108)

Sights along Argyll Road

  1. Bangunan MCIS Zurich (GPS: 5.42201, 100.33023)
  2. Loo Seng Hong Mason's Guild (GPS: 5.42128, 100.33132)
  3. Menara Zurich (GPS: 5.42231, 100.32993)
  4. Persatuan Foochow Hoay Kuan (GPS: 5.4212, 100.33142)

Food & Beverage Establishments along Argyll Road

  1. Argyll Bar & Restaurant (GPS: 5.42014, 100.33243)
  2. Lenox Pub & Bistro
  3. Restoran Roti Canai Jalan Argyll (GPS: 5.42036, 100.33187)

Clinics on Argyll Road

  1. Koh Dental Surgery (GPS: 5.4206, 100.33197)
  2. Klinik KT Ooi (GPS: 5.4206, 100.33197)
  3. Specialists Vision Centre (GPS: 5.42075, 100.33183)

Businesses along Argylle Road

  1. Khoon Pastry House (GPS: 5.42049, 100.33171)
  2. Thomas Cellar (GPS: 5.4207, 100.33189)
  3. Utusan Malaysia Penang Bureau (GPS: 5.42081, 100.33177)

Major Junctions on Argyll Road

Penang Road junction

Transfer Road intersection

Larut Road junction

Argyll Road, between Transfer Road and Penang Road (25 November 2008)

About Argyll Road

In the 19th century, it had a sizable North Indian community, as did the area surrounding Penang Road. The North Indians community living in the area built two places of worship in the area, namely the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple on Penang Road and the Benggali Mosque on Leith Street. Argyll Road itself was once called Lorong Benggali.

The dominance of the North Indian character was eroded towards the fourth quarter of the 19th century, as mining activities helped create an influx of Chinese immigrants into George Town. Although not all are involved in tin mining, many penniless immigrants arrived to provide auxiliary services.

In Other Words ...

Argyll Road is known in Hokkien as Bang3ga1li1 Hang33 (Traditional Chinese: 萬葛里巷, Simplified Chinese: 万葛里巷) meaning "Bengali Alley". Incidentally, the Hokkiens in Penang do not differentiate North Indians by their different states. Anybody arriving in Penang from the port of Calcutta was termed Bang3ga14 while those arriving from the port of Madras is Keh1leng3na1.

Jalan Argyll road sign, at Penang Road junction (24 November 2008)

Jalan Argyll road sign, at Larut Road junction (24 November 2008)

History plaque of Argyll Road (25 November 2008)

Getting there

Catch Rapid Penang Bus 10, 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204 or 206 to Penang Road. Then walk a short distance to Argyll Road.

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