Butterworth, Seberang Perai


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Butterworth (29 January 2009)





Butterworth (Penang Hokkien: Koay1kang4) is the main town of Seberang Perai, and is often synonymous with the whole mainland area. The town has not yet existed when the British acquired the piece of land on the mainland and named it Province Wellesley after Richard Wellesley, the Governor-General of Bengal at the turn of the 19th century. At that time, there was already a river settlement which appeared in British maps as Prye.

Butterworth was only established in the mid 19th century as a counterpart of George Town. It was named after William John Butterworth, the Governor of the Residency of the Straits Settlement from 1843 to 1851. Throughout the over one hundred years of its existence, Butterworth had always played second fiddle to George Town. Butterworth was founded to be a transportation hub supporting George Town, a role it still holds today. This is where the railroad, road network, ships and ferry have their terminus.



Crossing the Prai Bridge, between Butterworth and Prai (20 October, 2009)




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  1. Lim Hin's photo of Butterworth



View towards the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. View Larger Map





Butterworth gained significance from 1861 onwards, and the increase in mining activities in the Larut District propelled an economic boom that was experience by both Penang Island and Province Wellesley. Butterworth became the place where the railway station was built to receive tin ore from Larut. The ore is then transferred directly to steam ships docked at the wharves in Butterworth. From George Town comes railway passengers who bought their tickets in George Town, and were then transferred to the railway ferry to be taken to the awaiting train in Butterworth.

Today Butterworth continues to play its role as a transportation hub. The Butterworth Outer Ring Road cuts through the centre of town, allowing for rapid traffic dispersal across the town. The Deepwater Wharves are located to the south of the ferry terminal, Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim, while the North Butterworth Container Terminal is located to the north. There is a limited number of high-rise buildings in Butterworth compared to George Town.

Main Roads in Butterworth

The following roads in Butterworth have been fully documented.
  1. Butterworth Outer Ring Road
  2. Jalan Assumption
  3. Jalan Bagan Luar
  4. Jalan Heng Choon Thian
  5. Jalan Jeti Lama (Old Jetty Road)
  6. Jalan New Ferry
  7. Jalan Sungai Nyior
  8. Jalan Telaga Air

Getting there

Butterworth can be reached by road, rail and ferry. The Butterworth Railway Station is a major train terminus and is served by trains from Kuala Lumpur and Hatyai; you can even visit Butterworth when you stay in Bangkok. Visitors by road to Butterworth exit the North-South Expressway at the Prai Interchange (Exit 162) and take the Butterworth Outer Ring Road to Butterworth, exiting at either the Deep Water Wharves Interchange or the Chain Ferry Interchange.

Traveling in Malaysia

Butterworth is one of the major railway stations in West Malaysia. However, most travelers either continue to George Town or head south to Kuala Lumpur or north of Bangkok. Whether you plan to stay in Kuala Lumpur or George Town, you can book your accommodtion online before you arrive.


Neighbourhoods in Butterworth

Housing Estates in Butterworth

  1. Taman Aman Jaya
  2. Taman Bagan Lalang
  3. Taman Bayu
  4. Taman Bintang
  5. Taman Bunga Raya
  6. Taman Cantek
  7. Taman Cempaka Sari
  8. Taman Dahlia
  9. Taman Dedap
  10. Taman Dedap Indah
  11. Taman Limbungan
  12. Taman Mawar
  13. Taman Merbau
  14. Taman Mesra Permai
  15. Taman Molek
  16. Taman Pandan
  17. Taman Rathna
  18. Taman Riang
  19. Taman Robina
  20. Taman Segar
  21. Taman Sentral
  22. Taman Sin Tat
  23. Taman Tanjung
  24. Taman Tanjung Indah
  25. Taman Terbilang
  26. Taman Villa Permai

Villages in Butterworth

  1. Telok Air Tawar
  2. Kampung Bagan Dalam
  3. Kampung Bagan Jermal
  4. Kampung Bagan Lallang
  5. Kampung Benggali
  6. Kampung Gajah
  7. Kampung Jawa
  8. Kampung Manggis
  9. Kampung Nyiur
  10. Kampung Perlis
  11. Kampung Pokok Keras
  12. Kampung Sama Gagah Dalam
  13. Kampung Setol
  14. Kampung Siram
  15. Kampung Sungai Puyu
  16. Kampung Tengah

Industrial Estates in Butterworth

  1. Kawasan Perindustrian Mak Mandin
  2. Kawasan Perindustrian Teras Jaya
  3. Taman Perusahaan Sungai Lokan

Roads in Butterworth

  1. Gerbang Melur
  2. Gerbang Riang
  3. Jalan Allen
  4. Jalan Anggerik
  5. Jalan Bagan 1
  6. Jalan Bagan 6
  7. Jalan Bagan 11
  8. Jalan Bagan 13
  9. Jalan Bagan 15
  10. Jalan Bagan 17
  11. Jalan Bagan 19
  12. Jalan Bagan 21
  13. Jalan Bagan 23
  14. Jalan Bagan 25
  15. Jalan Bagan 27
  16. Jalan Bagan 29
  17. Jalan Bagan 31
  18. Jalan Bagan 33
  19. Jalan Bagan 35
  20. Jalan Bagan 37
  21. Jalan Bagan 39
  22. Jalan Bagan 41
  23. Jalan Bagan 45
  24. Jalan Bagan 47
  25. Jalan Bagan 49
  26. Jalan Bagan 53
  27. Jalan Bagan 59
  28. Jalan Bagan 61
  29. Jalan Bagan 65
  30. Jalan Bagan 67
  31. Jalan Bagan Baru 1
  32. Jalan Bagan Lalang
  33. Jalan Bulan
  34. Jalan Bunga Tanjung 1
  35. Jalan Bunga Tanjung 3
  36. Jalan Bunga Tanjung 4
  37. Jalan Bunga Tanjung 7
  38. Jalan Cempaka
  39. Jalan Ceri
  40. Jalan Chain Ferry
  41. Jalan Dedap
  42. Jalan Dedap 1
  43. Jalan Dedap 2
  44. Jalan Dedap 3
  45. Jalan Harbour Place
  46. Jalan Heap Seng Whatt
  47. Jalan Intan
  48. Jalan Kampung Baru
  49. Jalan Kampung Gajah
  50. Jalan Kampung Jawa
  51. Jalan Kampung Kastam
  52. Jalan Kapal
  53. Jalan Kemuning
  54. Jalan Kenanga
  55. Jalan Kilat
  56. Jalan Limbungan
  57. Jalan Loader
  58. Jalan Mak Mandin
  59. Jalan Melur
  60. Jalan Merbau
  61. Jalan Metcher
  62. Jalan Mewah
  63. Jalan Mewah 2
  64. Jalan Mohd Saad
  65. Jalan Ong Yi How
  66. Jalan Pantai
  67. Jalan Permatang Pauh
  68. Jalan Pulai
  69. Jalan Raja Uda
  70. Jalan Riang
  71. Jalan Selat
  72. Jalan Sinar
  73. Jalan St Marks
  74. Jalan Stewart
  75. Jalan Sungai Nyior
  76. Jalan Sungan Puyu
  77. Jalan Taman Molek
  78. Jalan Tanjung Jaya 1
  79. Jalan Teratai 1
  80. Jalan Teratai 2
  81. Jalan Teratai 3
  82. Jalan Terbilang
  83. Jalan Thamby Kecil
  84. Lebuh Riang 1
  85. Lebuh Riang 2
  86. Lebuhraya Kapal
  87. Lengkok Kapal
  88. Lintang Bulan
  89. Lintang Kapal
  90. Lintang Kenanga
  91. Lintang Riang
  92. Lintang Teratai
  93. Lorong Bagan Sena
  94. Lorong Berani 1
  95. Lorong Berani 3
  96. Lorong Bulan 1
  97. Lorong Bunga Rampai 3
  98. Lorong Bunga Rampai 4
  99. Lorong Bunga Rampai 5
  100. Lorong Bunga Rampai 6
  101. Lorong Bunga Rampai 8
  102. Lorong Bunga Tanjung 2
  103. Lorong Bunga Tanjung 5
  104. Lorong Cantek 1
  105. Lorong Cantek 2
  106. Lorong Cantek 3
  107. Lorong Cantek 5
  108. Lorong Cantek 6
  109. Lorong Cantek 8
  110. Lorong Cantek 10
  111. Lorong Cengal 1
  112. Lorong Cengal 3
  113. Lorong Cengal 4
  114. Lorong Cengal 6
  115. Lorong Cengal 7
  116. Lorong Cengal 8
  117. Lorong Cengkeh 1
  118. Lorong Cengkeh 3
  119. Lorong Cengkeh 5
  120. Lorong Cengkeh 7
  121. Lorong Cengkeh 9
  122. Lorong Ceri 1
  123. Lorong Ceri 2
  124. Lorong Ceri 4
  125. Lorong Ceri 5
  126. Lorong Ceri 6
  127. Lorong Ceri 7
  128. Lorong Dedap Indah 8
  129. Lorong Jawa 1, Kampung Jawa
  130. Lorong Jawa 2, Kampung Jawa
  131. Lorong Jawa 3, Kampung Jawa
  132. Lorong Jawa 4, Kampung Jawa
  133. Lorong Jawa 5, Kampung Jawa
  134. Lorong Jawa 6, Kampung Jawa
  135. Lorong Jawa 8, Kampung Jawa
  136. Lorong Kapal
  137. Lorong Kampung Kastam 1
  138. Lorong Kenanga
  139. Lorong Limbungan Indah 1
  140. Lorong Limbungan Indah 2
  141. Lorong Limbungan Indah 3
  142. Lorong Limbungan Indah 4
  143. Lorong Limbungan Indah 5
  144. Lorong Limbungan Indah 6
  145. Lorong Mak Mandin 1
  146. Lorong Mak Mandin 2
  147. Lorong Mak Mandin 4
  148. Lorong Mak Mandin 5
  149. Lorong Mak Mandin 5/1
  150. Lorong Mak Mandin 5/3
  151. Lorong Mak Mandin 5/5
  152. Lorong Mak Mandin 5/6
  153. Lorong Mak Mandin 5/8
  154. Lorong Melur 4
  155. Lorong Melur 5
  156. Lorong Melur 6
  157. Lorong Melur 7
  158. Lorong Melur 8
  159. Lorong Melur 10
  160. Lorong Merbau 1
  161. Lorong Merbau 3
  162. Lorong Merbau 5
  163. Lorong Molek 1
  164. Lorong Pandan Indah
  165. Lorong Pandan Indah 1
  166. Lorong Riang
  167. Lorong Segemal 1
  168. Lorong Segemal 3
  169. Lorong Segemal 4
  170. Lorong Segemal 5
  171. Lorong Segemal 6
  172. Lorong Segemal 7
  173. Lorong Seri Pinang 1
  174. Lorong Seri Pinang 2
  175. Lorong Seri Pinang 3
  176. Lorong Seri Pinang 4
  177. Lorong Seri Pinang 6
  178. Lorong Seri Pinang 7
  179. Lorong Seri Pinang 8
  180. Lorong Tanjung Aman 1
  181. Lorong Tanjung Aman 2
  182. Lorong Tanjung Aman 4
  183. Lorong Tanjung Aman 8
  184. Lorong Tanjung Indah 1
  185. Lorong Tanjung Indah 2
  186. Lorong Tanjung Indah 3
  187. Lorong Tanjung Indah 4
  188. Lorong Tanjung Jaya
  189. Lorong Teras Jaya
  190. Lorong Teras Jaya 1
  191. Lorong Teras Jaya 2
  192. Lorong Teras Jaya 3
  193. Lorong Teras Jaya 5
  194. Lorong Teras Jaya 7
  195. Lorong Teras Jaya 9
  196. Lorong Teratai
  197. Lorong Teratai Indah 2
  198. Lorong Teratai Indah 4
  199. Medan Cantek
  200. Medan Limbungan
  201. Medan Melur Utara
  202. Medan Riang
  203. Persiaran Seri Pinang
  204. Pintas Berani 1
  205. Pintas Berani 2
  206. Pintas Berani 3
  207. Pintas Berani 4
  208. Pintas Berani 5
  209. Solok Berani 1
  210. Solok Bulan
  211. Solok Cantek
  212. Solok Cengkeh
  213. Solok Riang
  214. Taman Dedap
  215. Taman Riang
  216. Taman Intan
  217. Taman Merbau
  218. Taman Pandan
  219. Tingkat Bagan Baru 1
  220. Tingkat Bagan Baru 2
  221. Tingkat Bagan Baru 3
  222. Tingkat Bagan Baru 4
  223. Tingkat Bagan Baru 5
  224. Tingkat Bagan Baru 6
  225. Tingkat Bagan Baru 8
  226. Tingkat Bagan Baru 10
  227. Tingkat Bagan Baru 12
  228. Tingkat Bagan Baru 14
  229. Tingkat Bagan Baru 16
  230. Tingkat Bagan Baru 18
  231. Tingkat Bagan Baru 20
  232. Tingkat Bagan Baru 22
  233. Tingkat Bulan 2
  234. Tingkat Bulan 4
  235. Tingkat Cantek 1
  236. Tingkat Cantek 3
  237. Tingkat Cantek 5
  238. Tingkat Kampung Kastam
  239. Tingkat Kemuning
  240. Tingkat Kenanga
  241. Tingkat Limbungan 1
  242. Tingkat Limbungan 2
  243. Tingkat Limbungan 3
  244. Tingkat Melur 1
  245. Tingkat Melur 3
  246. Tingkat Melur 5
  247. Tingkat Melur 7
  248. Tingkat Merbau 2
  249. Tingkat Molek
  250. Tingkat Teratai 1
  251. Tingkat Teratai 5
  252. Tingkat Riang
  253. Tingkat Selat







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