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Carnarvon Street 沓田仔

Carnarvon Street, George Town, Penang (1 September, 2008)

Carnarvon Street (Malay: Lebuh Carnarvon, Penang Hokkien: Lam1 Chan3na4 沓田仔 ), is a major street in George Town.

Map of Carnarvon Street

Hotels on Carnarvon Street

Sights along Carnarvon Street

  1. Campbell Street Market (GPS: 5.41693, 100.33566)
  2. George Town Interpretative Centre (GPS: 5.41544, 100.33547)
  3. George Town World Heritage Incorporated
  4. Li Teik Seah Building / Thean Oon Convalescent Home (GPS: 5.41555, 100.33477)
  5. Teoh Kongsi (GPS: 5.41466, 100.33281)

Street Art on Carnarvon Street

  1. "High Counter" Sculpture, by Mun Kian (GPS: 5.41819, 100.33623)

Eateries along Carnarvon Street

  1. Ah Soon Kor Har Mee (GPS: 5.41485, 100.33447)
  2. Aik Hoe Dim Sum Restaurant (GPS: 5.41785, 100.33604)
  3. Carnarvon Street Duck Rice (GPS: 5.41448, 100.33342)
  4. Kafe Fountain (GPS: 5.4142, 100.33299)
  5. Kafe Ping Hooi (GPS: 5.41456, 100.33411)
  6. Kafe St Loo (GPS: 5.41543, 100.33474)
  7. Kedai Kopi Hwa Lam (GPS: 5.41416, 100.33292)
  8. Kedai Kopi Kwong Fat Lee (GPS: 5.41448, 100.334)
  9. Kedai Kopi Sai Lam, China Street (GPS: 5.41813, 100.33642)
  10. Pitt Street Koay Teow Thng (GPS: 5.41432, 100.33382)
  11. Restoran Aik Hoe (dim sum)
  12. Seng Thor Coffee Shop (GPS: 5.41535, 100.33459)
  13. Thyen Xiang Restaurant (steamboat) (GPS: 5.41469, 100.33291)

Businesses along Carnarvon Street

Carnarvon Street, George Town, Penang (15 September, 2012)

About Carnarvon Street

Carnarvon Street starts at Chulia Street and ends at Prangin Road. The street was created in the 1860's, and named after Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, who was Secretary of State for the Colonies (the person in charged of the colonies within the British cabinet) between 6 July, 1866 and 8 March, 1867. The year 1867 also happens to be the year that racial polarization erupted into open warfare called Penang Riots, which pitted the Cantonese against the Hokkiens, and both affiliated with Malay groups called White Flag and Red Flag societies.

The Cantonese (Ghee Hin) are based around Rope Walk while the Hokkiens (Khian Teik Secret Society and Hai San) are based in Armenian Street. Carnarvon Street became the border between the Cantonese sector and Hokkien sector of town. Today, in the 21st century, part of Carnarvon Street forms a new border, between the core zone and buffer zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site.

In the mid 20th century, Carnarvon Street was the place to find book shops and coffin makers. This is where you can see the huge Chinese coffins stacked one on top of the other. Paper effigies for use as offering to the departed is another speciality of these shops - all the pleasures of the material world can be reproduced in paper and burnt as gifts for the hereafter. Today almost all the coffin shops have left Carnarvon Street - I am not sure whether the few left are still operating.

In Other Words ...

Carnarvon Street is called Lam1 Chan3a4 沓田仔 in Penang Hokkien meaning soggy (paddy) fields.

Getting there

You can reach Carnarvon Street by taking the Rapid Penang Free Shuttle Bus to Station No. 14 (Lebuh Carnarvon). Rapid Penang bus No. 10, 301, 302, 307, 401 and 502 pass through Carnarvon Street.

Carnarvon Street sign (12 November 2008)

Carnarvon Street, as seen from 1st Avenue Mall (21 April, 2012)

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