Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33669, 100.29793) is a neighbourhood on the east central side of Penang Island. Also written Sungai Nibung, it is best known as the Pesta Site as well as the location for the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal.
Sungai Nibong was named after the river (sungai) that flowed through the area where in the old days, nibung palms grew. Nibung palms (Oncosperma tigillarium) produce wood suitable as building material. The district called Sungai Nibong comprises Sungai Nibong Besar and Sungai Nibong Kecil. Both are named after the rivers flowing through the area.
The Bayan Lepas Elevated Highway in Sungai Nibong (17 January, 2012)
Commercial development in Sungai Nibong (19 October, 2014)
Sungai Nibung Kecil stretches from the Relau junction to the Bayan Baru Roundabout, and is often taken as part of Bukit Jambul and Bayan Baru. Until the late 1970's, Sungai Nibong was an outskirt of George Town. It has since been absorbed as one of the residential suburbs. The housing estates here include Century Garden, Pantai Jerejak and Taman Sri Nibong. Much of the traditional Malay and Chinese villages in Sungai Nibong have been erased, except for the Malay kampung of Bukit Kecil.
Traffic is usually smooth along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, the main thoroughfare through Sungai Nibung. The Bayan Lepas Elevated Highway further helps to reduce the congestion. Having said that, one exception to the rule is on Friday evenings, when the traffic slows to a crawl due to commuters heading towards the Penang Bridge north of Sungai Nibung, and the traffic lights at Jalan Sungai Dua, near USM. The junction at Jalan Aziz Ibrahim also experiences slow traffic on Wednesday nights where the Pasar Malam at Pantai Jerejak is in session.
Sungai Nibong the river
As would be expected, the neighbourhood of Sungai Nibong is named after a river which today is very much canalised.
Sungai Nibong Besar, the now canalised river that gave the area its name (22 October, 2012)
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