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Batu Gantong

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Batu Gantong, PenangBatu Gantong, Penang (3 December, 2011)



Batu Gantong is a neighbourhood in George Town. The very name Batu Gantong is synonymous in Penang for two things: the Penang Turf Club and the Batu Gantong Cemetery. Both are accessed through the Batu Gantong Road.

The name Batu Gantong itself, which means "hanging rock" refers to a boulder suspended precariously on the hill slope. The name is also adopted by famous 19th century Baba-Malay novelist Chan Kim Boon (1851-1920), who wrote under the pseudonym of Batu Gantong. Said to be born in the Batu Gantong village, Chan eventually moved to town, and had his home at 75 Muntri Street.

Distance from City Centre

Batu Gantong is just 5 km from Magazine Circus, so it is a good distance for people working in the city. However, much of the land in Batu Gantong has already been occupied by either development, the Batu Gantong Cemetery or the Penang Turf Club.

Apartments in the Batu Gantong area


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