Duke Street, within the heart of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a short street off Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakhbah along The Esplanade. The street runs south behind the City Hall and opposite the street, stands the Dewan Sri Pinang auditorium.
It was named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited Penang Island in 1869. At the time, the street stretched between The Esplanade and Light Street, and along it was a mansion owned by Koh Seang Tat, a local Chinese millionaire.
Today, the street has been cut short just behind the compound of the Dewan Sri Pinang.
Duke Street was named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited in 1869. During his visit, the Duke stayed inside a mansion at Light Street owned by Koh Seang Tat, an influential local Chinese millionaire. The mansion, which was served by a minor road stretching from Light Street to The Esplanade, was said to be the most impressive residence in George Town at the time, complete with amenities befitting the Duke.
The Edinburgh House once stood immediately west of the Town Hall, facing Light Street and was linked to The Esplanade via Duke Street. Today, the mansion was long gone; the site where the mansion once stood now forms part of the Dewan Sri Pinang auditorium.
Penang State Government
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