Timothy Tye
Dewan Sri Pinang

Dewan Sri Pinang, George Town, Penang (17 April, 2011)

Dewan Sri Pinang (GPS: 5.4213, 100.34045) is a multi-purpose auditorium between Light Street and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah.

Dewan Sri Pinang was built in the early 1970's in the Brutalist architectural style sprawned from the modernist architectural movement. Dewan Sri Pinang serves as a venue for live performances, and is still one of the most popular auditoriums in Penang. For many years, the Penang Public Library used to be housed within Dewan Sri Pinang, but has since been moved to Seberang Perai. On the other hand, the Penang State Art Gallery moved to Dewan Sri Pinang from the upper floor of the Penang State Museum, opening more additional space for itself as well as for the museum.

Dewan Sri Pinang, side view (21 August, 2011)

In front of Dewan Sri Pinang used to be Edinburgh House, a mansion belonging to 19th century Penang tycoon Koh Seang Tat, who donated the Municipal Fountain to the George Town in 1883. Edinburgh House was so named because it housed the Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to Penang in 1869. The road running along the side of Dewan Sri Pinang is still called Duke Street.

Even earlier than Edinburgh House, the site was originally the location of Ossidian House, a property belonging to James Scott, the partner to Francis Light. That house is believed to be located near to Green Hall or where Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah is located today, whereas Edinburgh House is located further east, close to the rear of the Town Hall, from which its driveway was named Duke Street.

Foyer of Dewan Sri PinangFoyer of Dewan Sri Pinang (21 August, 2011)

Behind Edinburgh House, where Dewan Sri Pinang is situated, used to known as Ranong Ground. It belonged to the Khaw Family (patriach Khaw Soo Cheang with prominent son Khaw Sim Bee, grandsons Khaw Joo Tok and Khaw Joo chow). A Khaw family mansion, the Rajah's Lodge, used to stand here. The site was eventually donated to the Municipality.

Dewan Sri Pinang AuditoriumDewan Sri Pinang Auditorium (16 September, 2014)

Getting there

The nearest bus stop is in front of Dewan Sri Pinang. It is served by Rapid Penang bus 103, 204, 502 and CAT.

It is possible to walk to Dewan Sri Pinang from the Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal. Follow Weld Quay heading in the northeast direction, continuing on King Edward Place and the Light Street, passing the Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower. After you pass Fort Cornwallis, Padang Kota Lama and the Municipal Fountain, you will see Dewan Sri Pinang on your right.

Dewan Sri Pinang, George Town, Penang (30 November 2008)

What to see or do

Dewan Sri Pinang is the venue of live performances. It is of no touristic interest unless there is a performance taking place.

Nearby Sights

Dewan Sri Pinang is located within a heritage-rich section of George Town. Within walking distance are the following sights, reference from the front of Dewan Sri Pinang.
  1. Municipal Fountain: Turn left and walk along Lebuh Light. The Municipal Fountain is on your left, at the junction of Lebuh Light and Jalan Padang Kota Lama
  2. Penang Supreme Court: Right in front of Dewan Sri Pinang on the opposite side of Lebuh Light
  3. Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower: Turn left and walk along Lebuh Light until the roundabout. The clock tower is at the junction of Jalan Syed Sheh Barakbah at the roundabout.
  4. Logan Memorial: Turn right, cross Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, and the memorial is in front of you, across the road.
  5. Convent Light Street: Turn right, walk along Lebuh Light until it makes a bend to the left. Convent Light Street is located at the bend.

Dewan Sri Pinang is on the map of Light Street


George Town: Heritage Buildings of Penang Island, published by the Penang Island Municipal Council (1994)

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