Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.32429, 100.27191) (Traditional/Simplified Chinese: 新江; Pinyin: Xīnjiāng; Penang Hokkien: Sin3kang4) is a neighbourhood in the southeastern part of Penang Island. The name translates as "fig river". In Hokkien, Sungai Ara is known as "Sinkang", meaning "new river". Until quite recently, Sungai Ara was a rural community where the inhabitants were vegetable farmers.
Map of Sungai Ara
Hotels and other accommodation providers in Sungai Ara
Fig Tree Hill Resort, Bayan Lepas (GPS: 5.32648, 100.25359)
Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, in Sungai Ara (15 February, 2013)
The Sungai Ara river, as seen from Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (4 June 2012)
Today much of Sungai Ara has been converted to residential development. The village of Sungai Ara is located at the junction of Jalan Tengah and Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (formerly Jalan Sungai Ara), although much of the length of Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim is regarded as Sungai Ara. Taman Sungai Ara, Taman Desa Ria and Mutiara Perdana are some of the housing development here. The Setia Pearl Island Country Club, one of the two golf clubs on Penang Island, is also located in Sungai Ara.
Sunway Merica, one of the housing estates in Sungai Ara (15 February, 2013)
So far, the main road is still experiencing moderate traffic volume, although there are two bottlenecks in Sungai Ara, one at the junction with Jalan Relau and another at the junction with Jalan Bayan. Some times these bottlenecks can create traffic queues of over half a kilometer. In addition, Jalan Mahkamah near Bayan Lepas is closed to traffic every Saturday for a night market.
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