Macalister Road, George Town, Penang (7 December, 2009)
Macalister Road, or Jalan Macalister (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 中路, Penang Hokkien: Teong3 Lor33), is one of the main thoroughfares radiating out of George Town, Penang. It was named after Colonel Norman Macalister. A confidante to Captain Francis Light, Colonel Macalister served as Governor of Penang from 1807 to 1811.
13 June, 2013: A severe thunderstorm caused the spire (lightning arrestor) of Menara UMNO to fall off and crash onto Macalister Road. It killed a lorry attendant Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, 46, and a hawker, Lim Chin Aik, 44, whose car was forced six meters into the ground.
Macalister Road was built in stages to eventually achieve its present length. For much of the first hundred years of its existence, it was a dirt track out of George Town. It starts at Magazine Circus, the six-point junction (with Gladstone Road removed, now there's only five points to the junction) in front of present-day Komtar, and ends at Western Road (Jalan Utama).
As with all main roads in Penang, Macalister Road follows a complicated traffic flow. From Komtar to Anson Road, traffic flows both ways. From Anson Road to Perak Road, it flows eastward. From Perak Road to Residency Road, it flows westward while from Residency Road to Western Road, it again flows eastward.
Coffee shop along Macalister Road, at the junction with Jalan Zainal Abidin (25 November, 2012)
Macalister Road becomes increasingly leafy beyond the Anson Road junction. Tall Angsana trees (Pterocarpus indicus), a Penang living heritage, were planted along Macalister Road by Charles Curtis, curator of the Penang Botanic Gardens in the late 19th century. The famous Sisters Char Koay Teow is located near the junction with Perak Road.
Macalister Road is a thoroughfare between Perak Road and Residency Road. YMCA and Island Hospital are located on this stretch. The famous Baobab Tree tree planted by Captain Speedy is at the junction of Residency Road.
Loh Guan Lye Specialist Centre (8 December 2009)
The final stretch of Macalister Road is also a fast-speed thoroughfare, but runs in oppose direction from the earlier stretch. The official residence of the Penang Chief Minister, Sri Teratai, is located here, as is the St George's Girls School. Two Buddhist welfare associations, Tzu Chi and Che Hoon Khor, are also found along this stretch.
Due to its length, several buses pass through Macalister Road. Check the Rapid Penang Bus Routes to determine the right bus to go to specific stretch of the road. Buses 10, 101, 104 and 304 pass through Macalister Road.
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Building on Macalister Road, today part of the Penang State Museum (3 August, 2008)
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