Timothy Tye
Chulia Street Ghaut

Chulia Street Ghaut, George Town (14 November, 2012)

Chulia Street Ghaut, or Gat Lebuh Chulia, is the extension of Chulia Street following the land reclamation of the late 19th century (between 1888 and 1904).

Until the land reclamation, Chulia Street Ghaut was just a path in the sand leading towards the shore. Yeoh Kongsi faced directly the sea, and was accessible by this path. The landfill of the late 19th century created a proper road out of Chulia Street Ghaut (but it remained untarred for a few more decades), extending it all the way to the newly created Weld Quay.

Quay Pub, at the junction of Chulia Street Ghaut with Weld Quay (6 October, 2012)

In Other Words

Chulia Street Ghaut is known in Malay as Gat Lebuh Chulia. It is known in Penang Hokkien as Cha3 Lor3thau21, meaning "firewood junction", as there was a jetty here from where firewood was brought to shore. Other local names for Chulia Street Ghaut include Ke1ling3na1 Kay1 Lor3thau2 (Indian Street Junction), Snaeh1 Yeoh3 Kong3si3 Kay1 (Yeoh Clan Street) and Tua33 Chooi1 Cnae4 (Big Water Well)

Getting there

Chulia Street Ghaut is easily accessible on foot from Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal. From the terminal, turn left, walk along Pengkalan Weld until you reach the junction to Chulia Street Ghaut to your right. Most buses pass through it including Rapid Penang Bus Nos. 10, 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301, 302, 401 and 501.

Chulia Street Ghaut (14 November, 2012)

Gat Lebuh Chulia road sign (12 November 2008)

History plaque of Chulia Street Ghaut (12 November 2008)

Sights along Chulia Street Ghaut

Street Art along Chulia Street Ghaut

Gat Lebuh Chulia roadsignGat Lebuh Chulia roadsign (5 February, 2013)

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