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Esplanade Road, George Town, Penang

Two of Penang's most significant landmarks were built along Esplanade Road, George Town - the City Hall (foreground, right) and the Town Hall (background, centre left).

Esplanade Road, within the heart of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies along the western end of the Padang at The Esplanade. It runs from north to south, between the coastal Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakhbah to the north and Light Street to the south.

Esplanade Road sign, George Town, Penang

A bilingual Esplanade Road sign. Esplanade Road is translated into Jalan Padang Kota Lama in Malay.

The relatively short road was created in the 1880s; simultaneously, the Town Hall was also built. By the time the Town Hall was completed in 1883, a dirt path had been created along the front of the building. Esplanade Road gained further significance with the completion of the City Hall immediately north of the Town Hall in 1906.

History

Esplanade Road was laid out in the 1880s, at the same time when the Town Hall was completed. It runs along the western edge of the Padang at The Esplanade.

By the time the Town Hall was completed in 1883, a dirt track had been cleared along the front of the building.

Municipal Fountain, Light Street, George Town, Penang

The Municipal Fountain at the junction between Esplanade Road and Light Street

Also, a Chinese Penangite millionaire, Koh Seang Tat, donated the Municipal Fountain to the Municipal Council of George Town, in conjunction with the opening of the Town Hall in 1883. To this day, the fountain stands just south of the Town Hall at the junction between Esplanade Road and Light Street.

Esplanade Road, George Town, Penang (2)

A view of Esplanade Road from the south, near the Town Hall. The Penang City Hall and The Cenotaph can be seen in the background.

In 1903, to cope with the increasing demand for office space, the Penang City Hall was built immediately north of the Town Hall in 1903. Completed in 1906, the magnificent Baroque City Hall now serves as the headquarters of the Penang Island City Council.

 Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.26 Padang Kota State Assemblyman : Chow Kon Yeow (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)

References

  1. Khoo S.N., 2007. Streets of George Town, Penang. Areca Books.
  2. http://www.penang-traveltips.com/esplanade-road.htm

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