Prangin Road, George Town

Prangin Road, in front of Prangin Mall (1 September, 2008)

Prangin Road took its name from the Prangin Canal which ran alongside it. The canal had its origin as a river in the swampy land on that part of town which was subsequently reclaimed and firmed up. For much of the 19th century, Prangin Road marks the edge of town, and was known locally as Sia Boey, or Town's End.

Before motor vehicles become commonplace, the Prangin Canal was a vital artery in transporting produce to and from the local population at this part of town. Bullock carts were park along Prangin Road awaiting the sampans and perahus bringing goods inland. The wholesale market at Sia Boey was the result of the proximity of the canal. However, urbanisation of the area and lack of land for further growth forced the eventual relocation of the market to the Macallum Street Ghaut area, which is more spacious.

Busy Prangin Road (1 September, 2008)

By the mid 20th century, the canal had served its purpose and was by then nothing more than a ditch. In the 1980's, Prangin Road was renamed Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, after the physician who had his dispensary at the corner of Prangin Road and Carnarvon Street, whose son became the second Chief Minister of Penang, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu. The Chong Eu Expressway starts at the junction of Prangin Road Ghaut.

Prangin Road through the Sia Boey Section (4 December, 2008)

Getting to Prangin Road

You can reach Prangin Road by taking the Rapid Penang Free Shuttle Bus to Station No. 13 (Komtar Timur).

Sights along Prangin Road

  1. Komtar
  2. Prangin Mall
  3. Masjid Al-Jamiul Azzakirin

Businesses along Prangin Road

  1. Goh Swee Hin (Komtar) Sdn Bhd (tailor)
  2. Good Luck Textile (tailor)
  3. Hock Bee & Co (motorcycle repair)
  4. IDO Empire (print shop)
  5. Kedai Kopi Ban Aun
  6. Kedai Ubat Pak Hoe Tong
  7. Kim Yew Hardware
  8. Teck Sun Hun (M) Sdn Bhd (auto repair)

Prangin Road sign (4 December 2008)

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