The road was named after the Thai town of Trang, as tin imported from the town was smelted in the Eastern Smelting plant at the western end of the road. The site on which the smelting facility once stood has been redeveloped as the Penang Times Square.
Trang Road was named after the town of Trang in southern Thailand, which in turn, got its name from the Malay word Terang, meaning bright. It was said that, in the past, sailors could see flickering lights from the lamps of the settlers within the town.
In the 19th. century, tin was mined around Trang and then shipped to George Town. The imported tin would be smelted in the Eastern Smelting facility at the western end of the road, hence its name, Trang Road.
With the tin mining boom on the Malay Peninsula towards the end of the 19th. century, shophouses were built along the road. However, the death of the tin industry in the mid-20th. century caused the abandonment of the Eastern Smelting plant.
In recent years, the former tin smelting plant has been redeveloped as the Penang Times Square.
Meanwhile, at the eastern end of the road, a police station once stood until the 1970s, when it was demolished to make way for the construction of GAMA Supermarket & Departmental Store.
- GAMA Corner Ali Bubur
- Welcome Delight Cafe
- Old Penang Hotel
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)