Campbell Street Market (GPS: 5.41693, 100.33566) is one of the two community markets in inner George Town. Located at the junction of Campbell Street with Carnarvon Street, it is said to have been built on the site of an old Malay cemetery, and was known as "Hutan Mayat". The cemetery is located at the edge of the parcel of land which was provided to the Indian Muslim community for the construction of the Kapitan Keling Mosque in 1800. Originally, the land of the mosque was much bigger. However, it was progressively bought back by the Municipal Council, so that the compound of the mosque as we see today is actually much smaller than it originally was.
The Campbell Street Market was originally known as the Carnavon Street Market, as it straddles both streets. The Municipal government erected a market building along with the police station, which still occupies the lot behind the market. The Campbell Street Market was built in the Victorian style around 1900, and cost $21,000. This market building is probably the oldest in George Town. The front facade faces the junction of Lebuh Carnavon, Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh Buckingham. There is an arch window at the pediment.
Market is in session in the morning. During that time, a section of Carnarvon Street is also taken over by the market, with stalls lining the street all the way from Chulia Street to Kampung Kaka.
21 May, 2018 The Star reports that the Campbell Street Market will undergo upgrading at a cost of RM8. The upgrading will be completed some time at the end of 2018. According to Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the market is a Class Two heritage building. Tender for the upgrading will be called between June and August.
A chye1tiam1ma4 (sundry shop) on Carnarvon Street (8 February, 2013)
The Campbell Street Market stretches until Claimant Place (25 January, 2013)
Interior of Campbell Street Market (22 April, 2016)
Market stalls along Carnarvon Street (8 February, 2013)
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