Timothy Tye
Tamil Street




Tamil Street (16 July 2008)




Tamil Street, or Lebuh Tamil, is a short street in the inner city of George Town, Penang. It runs from Penang Road to Kuala Kangsar Road, and is one of the streets which was an enclave for the Tamils who operated a market.

Until the middle part of the 20th century, the area has been predominantly South Asian in character, hence the name of the next road being Chowrasta Road, and the market named Chowrasta Market.

Indian Muslim businesses along Tamil Street (16 July, 2008)

In Other Words ...

Tamil Street is known as Ke1ling3na4 Ban3san1, meaning "South Indian Market", the same name as Chowrasta Market itself.

Tamil Street sign (24 November, 2008)


Tamil Street plaque (24 November 2008)

Getting there

Take Rapid Penang bus 10, 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301 and 302 to the bus stop in front of Chowrasta Market facing Penang Road. From there, Tamil Street is just around the corner.

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