Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda, with the Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal in the foreground (28 May 2008)
Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda terminal was built to replace Victoria Pier which was built towards the end of the 19th century, in honour of Queen Victoria. It was renamed after the first Governor of Penang of the newly independent Malaya, Raja Tun Uda Al-Haj bin Raja Muhammad, who was in office from 31 August 1957 (the day Malaya achieved independence), until 30 August 1967.
All buses in Penang heading towards the Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal at Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda bears the sign for "Jetty", which is synonymous with the ferry terminal.
Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda on Google Street View
Arriving on Penang Island by Ferry
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Leaving Penang Island by Ferry
The ferry ride from George to Butterworth is free of charge. To take the ferry as a foot passenger, you enter Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda using the long enclosed corridor.
Entrance to corridor for taking the ferry (3 February, 2013)
Corridor at Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda (3 August, 2013)
This takes you to a waiting area. You will see two parking bays for ferries and these are used in rotation. With the arrival of a ferry, the passengers are allowed to disembark before the gate of the waiting area is opened to allow awaiting passengers to board.
Ferry waiting area (3 August, 2013)
Many of the all-vehicle ferries have now been converted to take both passengers and vehicles on the upper deck. As such, there is often just a separation between the foot passengers and the vehicles.
Ramp at Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda (3 August, 2013)
Cars and passengers sharing deck space (3 August, 2013)
The taxi stand is located just next to the bus terminal. You can take a taxi here to just about anywhere in Penang.
Weld Quay Taxi Stand (22 October 2006)
A Blast from the Past
Here's a photo of Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda taken by Mr Ivan Murray in 1975. If you have shot Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda in the past, do share your photo with us here. Photos have to be taken by yourself or someone you know whose permission is given to show it here.
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