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Bayan Lepas

Aerial view of Bayan LepasAerial view of Bayan Lepas (6 January, 2017)

Bayan Lepas (English: 5.29487, 100.25954; Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 峇六拜, Pinyin: Bā Liùbài; Penang Hokkien: Ba3 Lark3pai4 , often contracted to Ba3 Pai4 ) is a district in the southeastern part of Penang Island. The district is named after the Bayan Lepas town located to the south, and includes other towns such as Batu Maung, Kampung Seronok, Kampung Binjai, Permatang Damar Laut, among others. The main road through Bayan Lepas is Jalan Bayan Lepas, formerly simply known as Main Road. It is part of Federal Route 6. In the mid 1970's the new township of Bayan Baru was created, and has since become a major suburb of a greater Penang metropolitan area.

The name Bayan Lepas means "the parakeet has flown away". According to the story, a wealthy Sumatran family had arrived by boat at the coast of Bayan Lepas some time in the late 19th century. During the commotion of coming to shore, their pet parakeet escaped. The incident became the basis for the name of the place, Bayan Lepas.

Where to stay in Bayan Lepas

I use the term "Bayan Lepas" for places within the Bayan Lepas post code, which includes Bayan Baru, Bukit Jambul, etc. Of the hotels in this area, the ones that I have stayed at and experienced the hospitality are Eastin Hotel Penang, Hotel Equatorial Penang, Olive Tree Hotel Penang and Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul.

Map of Bayan Lepas Town

Sights in Bayan Lepas

  1. Bayan Lepas Muslim Cemetery
  2. Malaysia Airport Training Centre (GPS: 5.29606, 100.26601)
  3. Mitsubishi Motors Service Centre (GPS: 5.2994, 100.27071)
  4. Nissan Service Centre (GPS: 5.30005, 100.27132)
  5. Penang International Airport (GPS: 5.29357, 100.26601)
  6. Perkampungan Polis Bayan Indah (GPS: 5.29821, 100.2691)
  7. Saujana Damai Apartment (GPS: 5.30111, 100.26905)
  8. SJK (c) Chung Shan (GPS: 5.29789, 100.27002)
  9. SMJK Heng Ee Cawangan Bayan Baru (GPS: 5.3036, 100.27245)
  10. Snake Temple
  11. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (GPS: 5.29909, 100.27031)
  12. Straits International School (GPS: 5.29759, 100.2678)
  13. The Star Media Group (GPS: 5.29759, 100.2678)

Hotels & other accommodation providers in Bayan Lepas

Many of the hotels in the Bayan Lepas area cater to visitors to the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone. There aren't any within the village centre, with the majority in the Bayan Baru area. The bigger ones include Olive Tree Hotel and Hotel Seri Malaysia.

  1. Alora Hotel
  2. Econtel
  3. Eastin Hotel
  4. Econtel Hotel
  5. Hotel Equatorial
  6. Hotel EST
  7. Hotel Seri Malaysia
  8. Island Hostel
  9. Olive Tree Hotel
  10. OK Hotel
  11. Penang Vacation Home
  12. TH Hotel
  13. The CEO Duplex Deluxe Suite
  14. The CEO Duplex Premier Suite
  15. The CEO Duplex Studio Suite
  16. The Corum View Hotel
  17. The Krystal Suites Service Apartment
  18. Vistana Hotel
  19. Xin Penang Apartment

What's delicious in the Bayan Lepas area

The Bayan Lepas area is huge, and has numerous coffee shops, restaurants and hawker stalls. Let me provide you the recommendations of the locals who are members of my Penang Hawker Food and Penang Restaurant Food Facebook Groups, based on their input on this post.


Coffee Shops and Restaurants

Petrol Stations in Bayan Lepas

Clinics in Bayan Lepas

Apartments and Condominiums in Bayan Lepas

Landed properties in Bayan Lepas

Commercial Properties in Bayan Lepas

Businesses in Bayan Lepas Town

Streets in Bayan Lepas

What to eat in the Bayan Lepas area

Delicious Food in the Bayan Lepas area

What's delicious in the Bayan Lepas area? Here's the recommendation from the members of the Penang Hawker Food Facebook Group based on this post.


The pekan, or village centre, of Bayan Lepas. The houses along this row were demolished in 2015 for the road upgrading project. (12 July 2008)

Bayan Lepas MarketBayan Lepas Market (12 July, 2008)

The name Bayan Lepas is appropriate for a site that has been an airstrip for Penang since the earlier part of the 20th century. The Bayan Lepas airstrip has been expanded several times, and is known today the Penang International Airport, the second busiest airport in Malaysia. Perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Bayan Lepas is the world famous Snake Temple, located in the area called Sungai Keluang.

Pekan Bayan Lepas

The pekan or town centre of Bayan Lepas is located at the junction of Jalan Bayan Lepas and Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (formerly Jalan Sungai Ara). This is the location of the Bayan Lepas Market, a convenient meeting point for villages in the surrounding area. Until recently (early 2015), the old town of Bayan Lepas has remained very much unchanged. It is still lined on both sides by early 20th century shophouses, resulting in a bottleneck for traffic passing through to the southern part of Penang Island. The town is the site of a major police station as well as a market, which was built in 1930.

Bayan Lepas pre-war townhouseBayan Lepas pre-war townhouse, one of those demolished for the road expansion. (4 February, 2014)

Bayan Lepas pre-war shophousePre-war shophouses demolished for the road expansion (4 February, 2014)

Chong Shan School Union BuildingChong Shan School Union Building, now demolished (4 February, 2014)

Updates on Bayan Lepas

7 November, 2015: The Star reports that the state government has approved land reclamation in the Bayan Bay and Bayan Mutiara neighbourhoods of Bayan Lepas. The reclaimation is to be carried out by Ivory Tropicana (14 hectares/35 acres) and Gim Ventures (10 hectares/24.79 acres). The reclamation will enable the construction of 2,100 houses, a velodrome, a football field, basketball court, volleyball courts, an international standard swimming pool and diving pool.

During the second quarter of 2015, some forty shophouses on the south side of Jalan Bayan Lepas were demolished to make way for the road expansion project. They include a number of pre-war houses. This is part of a RM207 million federal project that will also affect the Bayan Lepas Police Station and its quarters, the Department of Civil Aviation and the Bayan Lepas Community Hall.

The road expansion will include two overhead bridges - a four-lane 750-meter elevated structure from Jalan Teluk Kumbar to the Penang International Airport, and an elevated U-turn.1 This is part of a parcel of Federal roadworks to alleviate traffic congestion following the completion of the Second Penang Bridge.

Madrasah Khairiah Islamiah, Bayan LepasMusallah Kampung Bukit with its religious school, Madrasah Khairiah Islamiah in Bayan Lepas (2 February, 2013)

Getting there

Several Rapid Penang buses pass through the Bayan Lepas area as well as its towns and villages. Among the buses include 302, 304, 305, 307, 308, 401 and 502.


There are several markets to choose from within Bayan Lepas, the biggest being the Bayan Baru Market. There are also smaller community markets in Bayan Lepas town and Batu Maung. Sunshine Square and Jusco are two of the department stores in this area. Bukit Jambul Complex and Queensbay Mall are the shopping malls here, while Giant Hypermarket in Bayan Baru township is the hypermarket in the Bayan Lepas area. The Bayan Lepas Post Office and Queensbay Mall Post Office are in the township.

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  1. The Star (6 January, 2015): Shoplots to make way for new project

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