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Campbell Street Market, George Town



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Campbell Street Market (1 September 2008)


Campbell Street Market (GPS: 5.41693, 100.33566) is one of the two community markets in inner George Town. It is said to have been built on the site of an old Malay cemetery, and was known as "Hutan Mayat". The cemetery is located at the edge of the parcel of land which was provided to the Indian Muslim community for the construction of the Kapitan Keling Mosque in 1800. Originally, the land of the mosque was much bigger. However, it was progressively bought back by the Municipal Council, so that the compound of the mosque as we see today is actually much smaller than it originally was.

A chye1tiam1ma4 (sundry shop) on Carnarvon StreetA chye1tiam1ma4 (sundry shop) on Carnarvon Street (8 February, 2013)


Campbell Street Market, George TownThe Campbell Street Market stretches until Claimant Place (25 January, 2013)


Campbell Street MarketInterior of Campbell Street Market (22 April, 2016)


The Campbell Street Market was originally known as the Carnavon Street Market, as it straddles both streets. The Municipal government erected a market building along with the police station, which still occupies the lot behind the market. The Campbell Street Market was built in the Victorian style around 1900, and cost $21,000. This market building is probably the oldest in George Town. The front facade faces the junction of Lebuh Carnavon, Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh Buckingham. There is an arch window at the pediment.

Market is in session in the morning. During that time, a section of Carnarvon Street is also taken over by the market, with stalls lining the street all the way from Chulia Street to Kampung Kaka.

Market stalls along Carnarvon StreetMarket stalls along Carnarvon Street (8 February, 2013)

Campbell Street Market on Google Maps Street View



Getting there

The nearest bus stop is along Kampung Kolam. You can take Rapid Penang bus 301, 302, 401, 401E and CAT to get there. Walk heading west along Kampung Kolam until intersection with Carnarvon Street and Claimant Place. Turn right and follow Carnarvon Street. The market is on your left.

Campbell Street Market is on the map of Carnarvon Street

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