Love Lane, George Town, Penang

Love Lane, George Town, Penang (15 December, 2012)

Love Lane, or Lorong Cinta, is a lane within the inner city of George Town. Today it forms the boundary between the core and buffer zones of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It runs from Farquhar Street, through Muntri Street, to Chulia Street.

Pre-war shophouses along Love Lane, George Town (15 December, 2012)

There is no complete agreement as to how Love Lane got its name. There is a belief that it was named after a British officer named Love, but this has not been verified. Another belief is that it was the site for early 19th century brothels for sailors and soldiers. The adjacent road, Muntri Street, was where the rich Straits Chinese lived, and it is widely believed that these men kept their mistresses along Love Lane.

There is also the somewhat far-fetched theory that Love Lane was named after the self-flagellation procession staged by Shitte Muslims who in the early 19th century, paraded from the Indian Muslim settlements in Chulia Street through Love Lane, on their way to the sea, while the performed painful rituals of flogging themselves, in rememberance of the Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.

Intersection of Love Lane with Muntri Street (left) and Stewart Lane (right) (15 December, 2012)

In other words ...

Love Lane is called Ai1ceng3 Hang33 in Penang Hokkien.

Sights along Love Lane

  1. Carpenter's Guild
  2. Kawan Drop-In Center

Street Art

  1. "Broken Heart" Mural (removed)
  2. "Budget Hotels" Sculpture by Reggie Lee
  3. "Cheating Husband" Sculpture by Mun Kian

Eateries along Love Lane

  1. Micke's Place

Accommodation on Love Lane

  1. 23 Love Lane
  2. Love Lane Inn
  3. Red Inn
  4. Reggae Penang Hostel
  5. The 80's Guesthouse
  6. Wan Hai Hotel
  7. You Le Yuen

Businesses on Love Lane

  1. Love Bike

Love Lane sign (30 November 2008)

Getting to Love Lane

You can reach Love Lane by taking the Rapid Penang Free Shuttle Bus to Station No. 6 (Muzium), and then walking a short distance from Farquhar Street to Love Lane.

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