George Town Street View: Queen Victoria Memorial


The Queen Victoria Memorial is a monument erected to mark the anniversary of the said British empire’s queen who passed away in January 1901. Also serving as a way to honor the queen, the monument was built and sponsored by the local Chinese business community back then.

The monument is located in an area belonging to the Penang Chinese Recreation Club at Macalister Road, but can be easily spotted from the intersection of Pangkor Road (Jalan Pangkor) and Burmah Road.

Burmah Road: Loke Thye Kee Building


Loke Thye Kee is an old and historical building that can be easily recognized as it stands at the corner of Burmah Road and Penang Road. Built in the late 1920s to resemble a ship, the building was a popular Chinese restaurant back in the old days until its gradual decline. The building was later renovated and restored in 2012 to its present state. Now, the building houses a few cafes and eateries.


George Town Street View: Burmah Road

Burmah Road

Burmah Road (or Jalan Burma) is a long stretch of road that starts from Penang Road in George Town connecting all the way to Gottlieb Road, beyond the outer reach of the town. The road was named so due to a large number of Burmese who used to live in the vicinity of Pulau Tikus area where this road passed through.

It was also known locally in Hokkien as Chia Jui Lor or loosely translated as “Water Carting Road”, a reference for the past old days when water was being carted along this road back before the water pipeline system existed.

Burmah Road
Burmah Road traffic on a busy day.

Penang Isle: Burmah Road Kuan Yin Temple


Located along Burmah Road, this is yet another temple dedicated for Kuan Yin or the Goddess of mercy (similarly to the one at Pitt Street) in George Town. This temple was reportedly founded in 1922 by an abbot of Kek Lok Si Temple. This temple is also crowded usually during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, despite it not being the Nine Emperor Gods temple.