Tanjung Bungah (GPS: 5.46562, 100.28071), (Traditional Chinese: 丹絨武雅; Simplified Chinese: 丹绒武雅; Pinyin: Dānróng Wǔyā) also written Tanjong Bungah but never Tanjung Bunga, is a seaside neighbourhood on the northern coast of Penang Island. The name Tanjung Bungah is a fractured fusion of modern and old Malay spelling of the place, but is the most commonly used form. The name means "Flower Cape", and refers to the cape comprising several promontories that jut out into the sea between Tanjong Bungah Bay and Tanjong Tokong.
View of the Tanjung Bungah Coast from Penang Swimming Club towards Pulau Tikus and Gunung Jerai. (22 November, 2018)
Where to stay in Tanjung Bungah
There are a number of hotels in Tanjung Bungah. As a custom, I only suggest those that I have personally stayed before and experienced the hospitality. In that way, I don't suggest base on hearsay. Of the hotels in Tanjung Bungah, I have stayed at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang and Flamingo Hotel By The Beach Penang, so those are the ones which you can consider.
Tanjung Bungah was the choice picnic strip for the people of Penang since the early fifties. During that time, Batu Ferringhi has not yet been developed, comprising just a hill road serving the string of fishing villagers along the coastline. The people living in George Town would head for Tanjung Bungah during the weekends for picnics. During those days, the sea was still clean enough to swim in, and sightings of jelly fish was less common.
Swimming and water-borne activities have always been a feature in Tanjung Bungah. As a result, both the Penang Swimming Club as well as the Penang Chinese Swimming Club are located here.
Over the years, as the quality of the sea water deteriorate due to the discharge of raw sewage, the resulting pollution makes it a breeding ground of jelly fish. As a result, the sea all along the northern belt is no longer suitable for swimming. Even so, it has not halted the development of the coastline, which saw a construction boom in the early 1980's, and again in the new millennium. Most of the development in Tanjong Bungah are upmarket residential units and super condominiums catering to the filthy rich. The present round of construction has planted a good number of skyscrapers along the Tanjung Bungah coastline, many rising to 40 storeys. They co-habit the Tanjung Bungah strip with the Malay village and Chinese community that has been at Tanjung Bungah for decades.
The community called Hillside used to be the residence of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel from 1958 until 1988. During the RAAF tenure in Penang, one can easily identify the homes of RAAF personnel from the ramshakled automobiles that the Australian drive. Since the RAAF packed up and left, their residences have been bought over by locals. The RAAF Club building is still standing, in Tanjung Tokong, albeit in a dilapidated state.
Tanjung Bungah is also the site of the Penang Water Sports Centre. The centre offers kayaks and boats for rent. This is where members of the many dragon boat teams in Penang often come to train. For individual kayakers, including myself, one of the adventures is to row all the way to Pulau Tikus, the islet off Tanjung Bungah.
22 October, 2017 The Starreports of a landslide at a construction site near Lorong Lembah Permai 3 killed two Bangladeshi and one Myanmar construction workers. At time of writing, 11 workers including a 27-year-old local site supervisor remain unaccounted for.
Tanjung Bungah (4 March, 2017)
Tanjung Bungah, Penang (2 November, 2013)
Tanjung Bungah, Penang (2 November, 2013)
Deck chairs facing the cove in front of Four Stars by Sheraton Hotel at Tanjung Bungah (1 April, 2009)
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