Tongkah Road, George Town, Penang

Tongkah Road, George Town

Tongkah Road is a narrow two-way road within the George Town city centre. It runs along the western side of GAMA Supermarket & Departmental Store, linking Dato' Keramat Road to the north with Trang Road to the south.

Located near the former tin-smelting site, which has been redeveloped into Penang Times Square, Tongkah Road was named after a place in southern Thailand where tin used to be imported from.

Tongkah Road sign, George Town, Penang

Tongkah Road sign


Tongkah Road was named after a place named Tongkah near Phuket in southern Thailand. Between the late 19th. century and early 20th. century, tin was mined in Tongkah, before being sent to George Town to be smelted into ingots.

The Eastern Smelting facility, located west of Tongkah Road, was where tin from Tongkah was smelted. Today, the former tin smelting plant has been replaced by the Penang Times Square.


Tongkah Road has been in existence since at least the early 20th. century, when tin smelting activities were at full swing within the nearby Eastern Smelting plant.

While the facility was closed in the latter half of the 20th. century, the completion of the adjacent GAMA Supermarket & Departmental Store in the 1980s has turned the road into an ad-hoc parking space for shoppers.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.28 Komtar State Assemblyman : Teh Lai Heng (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

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



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