The Ayer Rajah land was originally the property of the Brown and Scott families1, whose names are immortalised on the roads there. Brown Road is one of the main roads the cuts through the neighbourhood. There used to be a plantation here called Ayer Rajah Estate. It in turn was named after the bay called Teluk Ayer Rajah, where the roundabout of Gurney Drive is located today. As with most of the estates run by the early British plantation owners, the workers were brought over from India. As a result, there are a number of Hindu shrines in the Ayer Rajah area, many of which have grown to become full-fledged temples. It is the same case with Brown's estate land in Gelugor. The temples at Ayer Rajah is the centrepoint of the annual Thaipusam celebrations in Penang.
Of the main roads bordering Ayer Rajah, the only one of concern is Gottlieb Road, which becomes a bottleneck in front of PCGHS, due to school buses and parents parking beside the road to drop or fetch the children. The Pulau Tikus-Cantonment and the Gottlieb-Bagan Jermal-Burmah junctions can be quite slow, with traffic backed up 300 meters. Jalan Utama is closed to traffic for a day every year for the Thaipusam festival. Even before the road closure, all the preparations for Thaipusam creates a bottleneck there.
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