Within Bukit Gelugor itself are several villages and housing estates including Kampung Buah Pala and Kampung Kastam. The area was developed around the late 1950's. At that time, it offered one of the most affordable housing, being right outside the south edge of George Town.
Much of the land in Bukit Gelugor was once part of the estates of David Brown, the largest landowner on the island. As the name of the neighbourhood suggests, Bukit Gelugor is located around the hill of the same name. The hill has entirely been developed for housing. Some of the former residents of Kampung Buah Pala were compensated with double-storey terrace houses in a new neighbourhood known as Taman Buah Pala.
Over the past few years, Bukit Gelugor has witness the falling down of traditional villages as new residential properties sprout on former grazing land. This has not gone without any controversy, as in the case with Kampung Buah Pala, which was embroiled in a dispute between villagers and developers. Eventually the villagers who gave up their homes were compensated with houses. Lorong Buah Pala, where they stayed, has now been obliterated and is part of the condominium land.
Bukit Gelugor is approximately 7.0 km from Magazine Circus, making it of moderate distance from the city centre.
Jalan Bunga Raya, Bukit Gelugor (25 November, 2012)
Pulse Condominium, Bukit Gelugor (25 November, 2012)
The Oasis Condominium, Bukit Gelugor (25 November, 2012)
Amenities in Bukit Gelugor
The nearest school in Bukit Gelugor is Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Bukit Gelugor along Jalan Kaki Bukit, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hamid Khan in Island Glades and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Datuk Haji Mohd Nor Ahmad in Brown Garden. The nearest market for Bukit Gelugor is the sidewalk market at Lorong Delima 6 in Island Glades. The next nearest market is the Jelutong Market. The nearest hypermarket is Tesco Penang. The nearest petrol stations for Bukit Gelugor is the Shell opposite SEAMEO-RECSAM. The nearest hospital is Lam Wah Ee Hospital in Batu Lanchang.
Traffic in Bukit Gelugor
Bukit Gelugor is surrounded by major roads. Both Yeap Chor Ee Road and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah experiences heavy traffic. Being the broader of the two, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah at Bukit Gelugor is not as badly congested. Nonetheless, some times traffic backs up from the Gelugor roundabout, especially during rush hour. As for Yeap Chor Ee Road, the traffic lights at the junction with Jalan Delima often slows down traffic causing long queues.
Houses in Bukit Gelugor facing Yeap Chor Ee Road (25 September, 2009)
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