Western Road, George Town, Penang (11 December, 2012)
Western Road, or Jalan Utama as it is called today, is a major road on the western part of George Town. It was probably given the name Western Road because it once marked the western limit of George Town.
Western Road, near the Macalister Road junction (11 December, 2012)
The section of Western Road from its junction with Residency Road, to its junction with Gottlieb Road is a major road that forms part of the western ring road of George Town. The section from Residency Road to Dato Kramat Road, once a major road towards the waterfalls, is today a secondary road.
Western Road, with view of the Polo Ground (29 January 2005)
Western Road became the choice residence of the Europeans in George Town towards the turn of the 20th century, as they relocated from their residences along Northam Road - which was then being taken over by wealthy Chinese tycoons who were turning it into a millionnaire's row. Europeans made Western Road a road for, well, westerners. Many of them were Freemasons, and thus it was no coincidence that the Penang Masonic Temple was built along Western Road.
Tall trees planted over a hundred years ago line Western Road (11 December, 2012)
Today Western Road is one of the major roads in George Town. It serves as a bypass for traffic flowing between the southern part of the island to the north, without entering the city centre. Despite its role, it is essentially a leafy residential thoroughfare lined with opulent bungalows.
As with many of the major roads in George Town, Western Road has a complicated traffic flow. From Residency Road to Dato Kramat Road, traffic is one way heading east towards Dato Kramat Road. From Residency Road to Scotland Road, it is one way heading west towards Scotland Road. From Scotland Road to Macalister Road, it is also one way heading west, but without a flow-through from the earlier section. From Macalister Road to Gottlieb Road, traffic is two ways.
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