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Panorama of Bayan BaruPanorama of Bayan Baru (7 June, 2015)




Bayan Baru (GPS: 5.32621, 100.29225), (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 峇央峇魯; Pinyin: Bāyāng Bālǔ) is a township located in Bayan Lepas, Penang. It was established by the Penang Development Corporation in the mid-1970's on what was once paddy fields.

Where to stay in Bayan Baru

There are several hotels in Bayan Baru, but I can only recommend the one I have stayed and experienced before, and that is Olive Tree Hotel Penang.

Map of Bayan Baru

Hotels in Bayan Baru

  1. Amari Penang (GPS: 5.33017, 100.28134)
  2. Hotel Equatorial (GPS: 5.337897, 100.284578)
  3. Hotel Seri Malaysia (GPS: 5.324341, 100.283035)
  4. Olive Tree Hotel (GPS: 5.327004, 100.279637)
  5. Super 8 Hotel (GPS: 5.324931, 100.284924)
  6. The Corum View Hotel (GPS: 5.321675, 100.286487)

Sights in and around Bayan Baru

  1. Bayan Baru Market (GPS: 5.32483, 100.28637)
  2. Madrasah Al Ubudiah (GPS: 5.31736, 100.28396)
  3. Masjid Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (GPS: 5.3239, 100.28567)
  4. Pantai Hospital (GPS: 5.32078, 100.28232)
  5. Penang Development Corporation (GPS: 5.3288, 100.28252)
  6. Penang Skills Development Centre (GPS: 5.31993, 100.2905)
  7. SPICE (GPS: 5.329, 100.2803)
  8. Sunway Tunas Park (GPS: 5.32689, 100.27851)

Eateries in Bayan Baru

The annual Pasar Ramadhan Bayan Baru, an annual hawker fair that is held during the fasting month of Ramadhan, is one of the biggest such fairs on Penang Island.

Amenities in Bayan Baru

Shopping Malls in Bayan Baru

  1. D'Piazza Mall (GPS: 5.32644, 100.28237)
  2. Giant Hypermarket Bayan Baru (GPS: 5.32111, 100.28386)
  3. One Precinct (GPS: 5.32546, 100.28469)
  4. Penang International Commercial City (GPS: 5.33208, 100.28873)
  5. Quartermile (GPS: 5.32499, 100.28469)
  6. Sunshine Square (GPS: 5.32612, 100.28716)
  7. Suntech @ Penang Cybercity (GPS: 5.32567, 100.28633)

Banks in Bayan Baru

Hospitals and Clinics in Bayan Baru

Apartments and Condominiums in Bayan Baru

  1. 1-World Condominium (GPS: 5.32876, 100.28469)
  2. Arena Residence (GPS: 5.32645, 100.28075)
  3. D'Piazza Condominium (GPS: 5.32533, 100.28319)
  4. Elit Heights (GPS: 5.32284, 100.28246)
  5. Mahsuri Square (GPS: 5.32917, 100.28718)
  6. One Sky Condominium (GPS: 5.32929, 100.28471)
  7. Puteri Indah Apartment (GPS: 5.32088, 100.28735)

Commercial Properties in Bayan Baru

  1. 1-Atrium (GPS: 5.32801, 100.28458)
  2. 1-Square (GPS: 5.32899, 100.28386)
  3. Arena Curve (GPS: 5.32645, 100.28075)
  4. Elit Avenue (GPS: 5.32284, 100.28246)
  5. GBS @ Mayang formerly Mayang Mall (GPS: 5.32639, 100.28484)

Government Buildings in Bayan Baru

  1. Penang Development Corporation (GPS: 5.3288, 100.28253)

Housing Estates, villages and neighbourhoods in Bayan Baru

  1. Kampung Jawa (GPS: 5.32575, 100.29382)
  2. Sungai Nibong Kecil (GPS: 5.33107, 100.28702)
  3. Taman Melati (GPS: 5.33219, 100.29164)
  4. Taman Melati Jaya (GPS: 5.33159, 100.2842)
  5. Taman Sri Tunas (GPS: 5.32181, 100.2866)
  6. Taman Sunway Tunas (GPS: 5.32394, 100.28107)

Roads in Bayan Baru

Businesses in Bayan Baru

Updates on Bayan Baru

17 April, 2016
The Star (Calls to adjust LRT line) reports Bayan Baru Community Hawkers Association chairman Ooi Teong Eng urging that the proposed Bayan Lepas LRT line pass through inner Bayan Baru for the benefit of hawkers and business complexes located there.

Aerial view of Bayan Baru from 2017Aerial view of Bayan Baru from 2017 (3 April, 2017)


Aerial view of Bayan Baru from 2006Aerial view of Bayan Baru from 2006 (29 August, 2006)


High-rise development in Bayan BaruHigh-rise development in Bayan Baru (10 july, 2015)

About Bayan Baru

In the earlier years of Bayan Baru's development, the township was prone to floods - there was a joke back then that purchasing a house in Bayan Baru also includes a sampan. The area that Bayan Baru presently occupies was formerly paddy fields. Before that, it was wetlands. It was fed by two main rivers, Sungai Ara and Sungai Relau (which itself comprises more than one stream). During rainy season, these rivers expand. If this coincided with a high tide, a flood would occur.

Over the decades, improved drainage has reduced the possibility of major floods. The mitigation programme included canalising Sungai Ara and Sungai Relau, which are channeled to flow into Sungai Keluang before emptying into the sea. Flash floods still do occur during heavy downpours. These are caused mainly by blocked drains.

It is also worth nothing that the Bayan Baru area was once planned by the British to be a town called Jamestown, to replace George Town. That plan did not materialise, of course, but you can read about it in the Historical Plan to Relocate George Town.

Bayan Baru is one of the most rapidly developed townships in Penang. This is to a large part the direct result of its proximity to the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, which is a source of employment for a good many people in Penang. The shift in population south, out of George Town and towards Bayan Baru and its immediate neighborhoods, brought with it mixed blessings. The main road, now called Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, has been expanded a few times, and now includes the Bayan Lepas Elevated Highway. New shopping malls have also been built in Bayan Baru and its immediate neighborhood. On the other hand, the growth in population has also introduced traffic congestions and jams, something foreign to the area a decade or two ago. Being caught in traffic jam is now a twice daily occurence, at every rush hour.

Aerial view of Bayan BaruAerial view of Bayan Baru (3 April, 2017)

Exploring Bayan Baru by Dashcam

Bayan Baru roads (14 July, 2018)

Amenities of Bayan Baru

Not counting those in Jalan Tengah and surrounding neighbourhoods, the only school in Bayan Baru is SK Bayan Baru, along Lorong Mahsuri 7. Petrol stations in Bayan Baru include the Shell along Jalan Mayang Pasir and the Petronas along Jalan Bahagia. The Bayan Baru Market is the only market in the area.

Going to Bayan Baru

Several Rapid Penang buses pass through the Bayan Baru area including 302, 304, 305, 307, 308, 401 and 502.

Approximate location of Bayan Baru

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