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Tanjung Bungah, PenangTanjung Bungah, Penang (10 June, 2016)

Tanjung Bungah (GPS: 5.46562, 100.28071), (Traditional Chinese: 丹絨武雅; Simplified Chinese: 丹绒武雅; Pinyin: Dānróng Wǔyā) also written Tanjong Bungah but never Tanjung Bunga, is a seaside neighbourhood on the northern coast of Penang Island. The name Tanjung Bungah is a fractured fusion of modern and old Malay spelling of the place, but is the most commonly used form. The name means "Flower Cape", and refers to the cape comprising several promontories that jut out into the sea between Tanjong Bungah Bay and Tanjong Tokong.

Jalan Tanjung Bungah, the main road, starts at the junction of Jalan Gajah, near the Chinese Swimming Club, to Mar Vista. Within the Tanjung Bungah neighbourhood is the Malay village served by the Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque. Marina Tower Condominium marks the northern end of Tanjung Bungah, while Mar Vista is the start of Batu Ferringhi.

The nearest public schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjung Bungah and Sekolah Menengah Tanjung Bungah. Dalat International School is also nearby. Nearest market is the Tanjung Bungah Market. The nearest shopping mall is Island Plaza. The nearest hospital is Penang Adventist Hospital. The Tanjung Bungah Post Office serves the neighbourhood.

Location of selected sights in Tanjung Bungah on the map

Hotels in Tanjung Bungah

  1. Chymes (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  2. Copthorne Orchid Hotel (GPS: 5.46686, 100.29221)
  3. Croisette Villa (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  4. Flamingo by the Beach Hotel (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  5. Four Points by Sheraton Penang (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  6. Hotel Sentral Seaview (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  7. Lost Paradise Resort (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)
  8. New Hope Inn (GPS: 5.46572, 100.28132)
  9. Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort (GPS: 5.46611, 100.28406)

Street Art in Tanjung Bungah

  1. Give Me 5 Cyclist Sculpture (GPS: 5.46627, 100.28873)

Sights in and around Tanjung Bungah

  1. College General (GPS: 5.46123, 100.30176)
  2. Da Shan Gong Temple (GPS: 5.46671, 100.2784)
  3. Dewi Sri Karumariaman Temple (GPS: 5.46572, 100.27983)
  4. Geok San Soo Temple (GPS: 5.46481, 100.28492)
  5. Penang Chinese Swimming Club (GPS: 5.46324, 100.30451)
  6. Penang Swimming Club (GPS: 5.46413, 100.29799)
  7. Penang Water Sports Centre (GPS: 5.46934, 100.27775)
  8. Pulau Tikus (GPS: 5.4763, 100.29723)
  9. Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque (GPS: 5.46859, 100.27822)

Amenities in Tanjung Bungah

  1. Tanjung Bungah Bus Terminal (GPS: 5.46476, 100.28471)
  2. Tanjung Bungah Market (GPS: 5.46338, 100.28481)
  3. Tanjung Bungah Post Office (GPS: 5.46509, 100.28253)
  4. Tanjung Bungah Night Market (GPS: 5.46338, 100.28481)

Eateries in Tanjung Bungah

Businesses in Tanjung Bungah

Schools in Tanjung Bungah

  1. Dalat International School (GPS: 5.46661, 100.28982)
  2. Pyjama Drama Penang (GPS: 5.454826, 100.290447)
  3. SMK Tanjong Bunga (GPS: 5.45759, 100.2925)

Flats, Apartments & Condominiums in Tanjung Bungah

  1. 1 Grand Ocean (GPS: 5.46603, 100.27915)
  2. Azuria Condominium (GPS: 5.46398, 100.28005)
  3. Bayshore Apartment
  4. Bukit Pelangi
  5. Cara Vista
  6. Coastal Tower
  7. Desa Embun Emas
  8. Diamond Villa (GPS: 5.46413, 100.29799)
  9. Harmony Residence (GPS: 5.46581, 100.28201)
  10. Horizon Tower
  11. Harmony Residence (GPS: 5.46581, 100.28201)
  12. Infinity Beach Front Condominium (GPS: 5.46668, 100.2853)
  13. Leisure Cove (GPS: 5.46625, 100.28282)
  14. Menara Asas (GPS: 5.46488, 100.28416)
  15. Mira Residence
  16. One Tanjong (GPS: 5.46569, 100.29342)
  17. Pangsapuri Masjid Terapung (GPS: 5.46741, 100.27809)
  18. Pearl View
  19. Ratu Mutiara
  20. Skyhome (GPS: 5.46338, 100.30367)
  21. Springtide Residences (GPS: 5.46437, 100.30101)
  22. Sri Golden Bay Condominiums
  23. Straits Regency Condominiums
  24. The Cove (GPS: 5.46598, 100.29242)
  25. TM Resort Tanjung Bungah (GPS: 5.46666, 100.28642)
  26. Villa Ria (GPS: 5.46689, 100.28714)

Housing Estates in Tanjung Bungah

Streets in Tanjung Bungah

Rivers in Tanjung Bungah

About Tanjung Bungah

Tanjung Bungah was the choice picnic strip for the people of Penang since the early fifties. During that time, Batu Ferringhi has not yet been developed, comprising just a hill road serving the string of fishing villagers along the coastline. The people living in George Town would head for Tanjung Bungah during the weekends for picnics. During those days, the sea was still clean enough to swim in, and sightings of jelly fish was less common.

Swimming and water-borne activities have always been a feature in Tanjung Bungah. As a result, both the Penang Swimming Club as well as the Penang Chinese Swimming Club are located here.

Over the years, as the quality of the sea water deteriorate due to the discharge of raw sewage, the resulting pollution makes it a breeding ground of jelly fish. As a result, the sea all along the northern belt is no longer suitable for swimming. Even so, it has not halted the development of the coastline, which saw a construction boom in the early 1980's, and again in the new millennium. Most of the development in Tanjong Bungah are upmarket residential units and super condominiums catering to the filthy rich. The present round of construction has planted a good number of skyscrapers along the Tanjung Bungah coastline, many rising to 40 storeys. They co-habit the Tanjung Bungah strip with the Malay village and Chinese community that has been at Tanjung Bungah for decades.

The community called Hillside used to be the residence of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel from 1958 until 1988. During the RAAF tenure in Penang, one can easily identify the homes of RAAF personnel from the ramshakled automobiles that the Australian drive. Since the RAAF packed up and left, their residences have been bought over by locals. The RAAF Club building is still standing, in Tanjung Tokong, albeit in a dilapidated state.

Tanjung Bungah is also the site of the Penang Water Sports Centre. The centre offers kayaks and boats for rent. This is where members of the many dragon boat teams in Penang often come to train. For individual kayakers, including myself, one of the adventures is to row all the way to Pulau Tikus, the islet off Tanjung Bungah.

Updates on Tanjung Bungah

22 October, 2017
The Star reports of a landslide at a construction site near Lorong Lembah Permai 3 killed two Bangladeshi and one Myanmar construction workers. At time of writing, 11 workers including a 27-year-old local site supervisor remain unaccounted for.

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Tanjung Bungah on Google Maps Street View

The view along a stretch of Jalan Tanjung Bungah, the main road.

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