Batu Lanchang (GPS: 5.39226, 100.30889) is the area to the west of George Town. Until the mid 1950's, it was plantation estate comprising coconut groves that stretched from Air Itam to Jelutong. The only road thorugh the estate was Green Lane, which true to its name, was a country path through the plantations. All this has disappeared with the development of Green Lane as a suburb of George Town, erasing the rural feel of Batu Lanchang. The emergence of Island Park and subsequently Island Glades have brought a higher profile to Green Lane, so much so that today, many have forgotten that the whole area was formerly Batu Lanchang. In today's context, Batu Lanchang refers to the neighbourhood between Green Lane and Jelutong.
Today the neighbourhood to Batu Lanchang is around Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, formerly Batu Lanchang Road. Batu Lanchang Lane, once part of the neighbourhood, has somehow been disowned, and is today regarded more as part of Green Lane in general. Within the Batu Lanchang neighbourhood are high rise apartments that were constructed in the 1990's and the 21st century. More are on the way.
The area along Batu Lanchang Lane is occupied by schools and cemeteries. They include SK Batu Lanchang, Georgetown Secondary School, SM Vokasional Batu Lanchang, Sekolah Menengah Teknik Batu Lanchang, the Batu Lanchang Hokkien Cemetery and the Batu Lanchang Hindu Cemetery. At the periphery of Batu Lanchang Lane are new development such as BL Avenue, BL Garden, BL Business Centre and Boulevard Condominium.
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