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Sungai Ara 新江






Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.32429, 100.27191) (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 新江; Pinyin: Xīnjiāng; Penang Hokkien: Sin3kang4) is a neighbourhood in the southeastern part of Penang Island. The name translates as "fig river". In Hokkien, Sungai Ara is known as "Sinkang", meaning "new river". Until quite recently, Sungai Ara was a rural community where the inhabitants were vegetable farmers.

Location of places in Sungai Ara on the map

Hotels and other accommodation providers in Sungai Ara

  1. Fig Tree Hill Resort, Bayan Lepas (GPS: 5.32648, 100.25359)
  2. TH Hotel (GPS: 5.32648, 100.25359)

Sights in Sungai Ara

  1. Masjid Al-Huda (GPS: 5.32272, 100.27223)
  2. Samye Drodul Ling Monastery (GPS: 5.30355, 100.26532)
  3. Sungai Ara Gospel Hall (GPS: 5.32441, 100.26612)
  4. Surau Ar-Rahman (GPS: 5.33173, 100.27105)
  5. Surau Lilitan Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.33066, 100.27455)
  6. Thean Leng Tnua Temple 天靈壇 (GPS: 5.30594, 100.2696)

Eateries in Sungai Ara

  1. Kedai Kopi Sin Kang (GPS: )
  2. Sungai Ara Food Court (GPS: 5.31749, 100.26619)

Markets in Sungai Ara

  1. Pasar Jalan Rajawali (GPS: 5.30689, 100.2649)
  2. Relau Market Complex & Hawker Centre (GPS: 5.33211, 100.27438)

Petrol Stations in Sungai Ara

  1. Petronas Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (GPS: 5.32961, 100.27398)

Schools in Sungai Ara

  1. Chong Cheng Primary School (GPS: 5.32427, 100.27112)
  2. Sekolah Kebangsaan Mutiara Perdana (GPS: 5.30901, 100.26465)
  3. Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.32614, 100.27223)
  4. Sekolah Menengah Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.31917, 100.27088)

Apartments and Condominiums in Sungai Ara

  1. Acres Ville Apartment (GPS: 5.31943, 100.27215)
  2. Aramas Apartment (GPS: 5.32003, 100.27184)
  3. Fiera Vista Condominium (GPS: 5.29872, 100.26577)
  4. I-Park Apartment (GPS: 5.30689, 100.26491)
  5. Idaman Iris Condominium (GPS: 5.32987, 100.27311)
  6. Idaman Lavender (GPS: 5.33206, 100.26954)
  7. Idaman Lavender 2 (GPS: 5.33328, 100.26999)
  8. Idaman Lavender 3 (GPS: 5.33128, 100.27288)
  9. Idaman Melur (GPS: 5.33242, 100.2706)
  10. Idaman Seroja (GPS: 5.33171, 100.27179)
  11. Meridien Residence (GPS: 5.30258, 100.25807)
  12. Mutiara Perdana Apartment (GPS: 5.30245, 100.25655)
  13. One Imperial (GPS: 5.33321, 100.27377)
  14. Pangsapuri Sri Pahlawan (GPS: 5.33016, 100.27186)
  15. Pearl Garden Condominium (GPS: 5.31805, 100.2699)
  16. Reflections Condominium (GPS: 5.30337, 100.26104)
  17. Regency Heights Condominium (GPS: 5.32125, 100.26349)
  18. Setia Pinnacle Condominium (GPS: 5.33535, 100.26367)
  19. Setia Tri-Angle Condominium (GPS: 5.30253, 100.26156)
  20. Sri Abadi Apartment (GPS: 5.33325, 100.26876)
  21. Sri Kenari Apartment (GPS: 5.31397, 100.2643)
  22. Sunrise Garden Condominium (GPS: 5.31959, 100.26178)
  23. Taman Sri Puteri Apartment (GPS: 5.31792, 100.26661)
  24. The Clovers (GPS: 5.30756, 100.26804)
  25. Tree Sparina @ Ideal Vision Park (GPS: 5.30357, 100.26871)
  26. Vistaria Condominium (GPS: 5.3164, 100.2649)
  27. Zan Pavillon Condominium (GPS: 5.33429, 100.26816)

Housing Estates in Sungai Ara

  1. Dua Villas (GPS: 5.30192, 100.26645)
  2. Raintree Garden (GPS: 5.31956, 100.26328)
  3. Sathu Terraces (GPS: 5.30267, 100.26307)
  4. Setia Greens (GPS: 5.33497, 100.26577)
  5. Sunway Merica (GPS: 5.30963, 100.26457)
  6. Taman Pagar Buloh (GPS: 5.32871, 100.27275)
  7. Taman Sri Bayan Apartment (GPS: 5.30879, 100.26634)

Documented Streets in Sungai Ara


The namesake Sungai Ara river flows through the village near Masjid Al-Huda. Its source is somewhere between Lorong Kenari 8 and Jalan Sungai Ara 1. From there, it winds its way heading east, under Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, then under Jalan Tun Dr Awang. Behind Sekolah Menengah Raja Tun Uda in Bayan Baru, it merges with Sungai Relau to form Sungai Keluang, and continues east until it empties into the sea.

Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, in Sungai AraJalan Dato Ismail Hashim, in Sungai Ara (15 February, 2013)





The Sungai Ara river, as seen from Jalan Dato Ismail HashimThe Sungai Ara river, as seen from Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (4 June 2012)


Today much of Sungai Ara has been converted to residential development. The village of Sungai Ara is located at the junction of Jalan Tengah and Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (formerly Jalan Sungai Ara), although much of the length of Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim is regarded as Sungai Ara. Taman Sungai Ara, Taman Desa Ria and Mutiara Perdana are some of the housing development here. The Setia Pearl Island Country Club, one of the two golf clubs on Penang Island, is also located in Sungai Ara.

Sunway Merica, one of the housing estates in Sungai AraSunway Merica, one of the housing estates in Sungai Ara (15 February, 2013)


Getting there

Sungai Ara is 15.4 km from Magazine Circus, so it can be considered far from the city centre, but near the Bayan Lepas area. Sungai Ara is served by Rapid Penang Bus No. 302, 305 and 308.

Amenities

School in Sungai Ara includes Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Ara, Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Chong Cheng, Sekolah Menengah Sungai Ara and Sekolah Kebangsaan Mutiara Perdana. The nearest market in Sungai Ara is at the Sungai Ara village, which is at the junction with Jalan Tengah. There isn't a shopping mall in Sungai Ara, but Bukit Jambul Complex, Sunshine Square and Giant Hypermarket are all within a short distance from it.

Traffic

So far, the main road is still experiencing moderate traffic volume, although there are two bottlenecks in Sungai Ara, one at the junction with Jalan Relau and another at the junction with Jalan Bayan. Some times these bottlenecks can create traffic queues of over half a kilometer. In addition, Jalan Mahkamah near Bayan Lepas is closed to traffic every Saturday for a night market.

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