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Permatang Damar Laut (GPS: 5.28192, 100.25848; Penang Hokkien: Ma3tang1) is a village on the southeast coast of Penang Island. Along with Batu Maung and Teluk Tempoyak, Permatang Damar Laut is hemmed in by the Bayan Lepas International Airport. On this part of the island, within view of the airport runway, life continues as it has always had for the past thirty years.

For those searching for the picture postcard Penang, it can still be found if we search for it in Permatang Damar Laut. Here, the waters of the South Channel blends with that of the Straits of Malacca. Off the coast of Permatang Damar Laut is Pulau Rimau, an ink-blot shaped island on the southeastern tip of Penang.

The earliest settlement of Permatang Damar Laut is said to have been by Sumatrans. The pioneers included Pah Kechil from Batu Bara, who came with Jamaluddin and Nakhoda Che Salleh from Lingga.1

Location of Permatang Damar Laut on the map

Sights in Permatang Damar Laut

  1. Kong Hock Si Temple (GPS: 5.26185, 100.2739)
  2. Permatang Damar Laut Coast (GPS: 5.27955, 100.25781)
  3. Permatang Damar Laut Fishermen's Wharf (GPS: 5.26185, 100.2739)
  4. Permatang Damar Laut Pillboxes (GPS: 5.27955, 100.25781)

Pantai Ah Soon, Permatang Damar LautLovely Pantai Ah Soon in Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Permatang Damar LautPermatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Jalan Permatang Damar Laut on Google Maps Street View

Entering Permatang Damar Laut

Permatang Damar Laut comprises the village area where most of the houses are located. However it also includes a secluded stretch of beach called Pantai Ah Soon, or simply Pantai Indah.

Coconut grove at Permatang Damar LautCoconut grove at Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

The coconut trees at Permatang Damar LautThe coconut trees at Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

A banyan tree growing beside a forest path in Permatang Damar LautA banyan tree growing beside a forest path in Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

I am very well acquainted with Permatang Damar Laut because I actually grew up here. However, it has been several years since I last explored Permatang Damar Laut. Recently I returned here to take some shots. I found that the sea is not clean, as I have more or less expected. The shore is littered with trash, and it requires some effort to find an angle to shoot that does not have trash cluttering the photograph.

Permatang Damar LautThe seashore at Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

The seashore boulders at Permatang Damar LautThe seashore boulders at Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

A forest path leads from Pantai Ah Soon into the jungle in Permatang Damar Laut. As it winds its way through the hills, it passes a banyan tree with a small spirit house. The path passes through the last remaining rubber trees in the Batu Maung area. ends at a temple, the Kong Hock Si Temple, 廣福祠 (Penang Hokkien: Kong1 Hock1 Si33, Pinyin: Guǎngfú Cí).

Hill view of Permatang Damar Laut beachHill view of Permatang Damar Laut beach (18 April, 2004)

Pantai Indah signboard, Permatang Damar LautPantai Indah signboard, Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Updates on Permatang Damar Laut

December, 2015: Traffic flow to Permatang Damar Laut has been improved greatly with the new dispersal system at the Jalan Teluk Kumbar-Jalan Bayan Lepas junction.

26 June, 2014
The Star reports that the Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society is building a new haemodialysis building at Jalan Permatang Damar Laut. The five-storey building will be known as the Fo Yi Medicare Centre.

6 March, 2014
The Star reports that two 14-year-old boys, were swept by strong currents while on an outing to collect shellfish at Pantai Ah Soon in Permatang Damar Laut, around 5:30 pm on 5 March. The body of Khoo Chong Chun was found by residents at 6:45 pm, while the body of Hung Gui Rui was still missing at time the report was written.
A report of the following day states that the body of Hung Gui Rui was found at Pantai Ah Soon at 6:45 am the following day.

Fungus growing on a wood in Permatang Damar LautFungus growing on a wood in Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Fungus growing on a wood in Permatang Damar LautFungus growing on a wood in Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Bunga telang growing in Permatang Damar LautBunga telang growing in Permatang Damar Laut (18 April, 2004)

Getting there

Rapid Penang 302 and 305 serves Permatang Damar Laut.


  1. Early History of Penang, edited by Muhammad Haji Salleh, published by USM, page

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