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Balik Pulau Roundabout, Penang

Balik Pulau RoundaboutBalik Pulau Roundabout (10 January, 2010)

Balik Pulau Roundabout is a landmark of Balik Pulau town. The roundabout is where three main roads of the town converge. The three roads are Jalan Besar, also known as Main Road; Jalan Sungai Pinang, which leads off on a northwest direction; and Jalan Genting, going south towards the village of the same name.

Balik Pulau RoundaboutBalik Pulau Roundabout (10 January, 2010)

In the middle of the roundabout is a monument. It was erected by Koh Seang Tatt, who also donated the Municipal Fountain to George Town. The monument was in commemoration of the visit of Sir Frederick Weld, who was Governor of the Straits Settlement between 1880 and 1887. The monument comprises two lion heads with are water spouts supplying fresh water to the people of the village. There used to be a wind vane at the top of the monument which is now sadly missing.

Today the Balik Pulau Roundabout has very much lost its charm, having been tiled and much reduced in size.

The Balik Pulau Roundabout in 2007The Balik Pulau Roundabout in 2007 (14 June 2007)

Waterspout of the Balik Pulau RoundaboutWaterspout of the Balik Pulau Roundabout (14 June 2007)

Location of Balik Pulau Roundabout on the map

List of Roundabouts in Penang and Roundabouts in Malaysia

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