The Whiteaways Arcade at Beach Street

The Whiteaways Arcade on Beach Street, George Town, is a historic colonial-style building dating back to 1903. Recently renovated into a bustling commercial center, it features an art gallery, exhibition spaces, trendy cafes, and diverse retail shops. Visit the Whiteaways Arcade to explore its unique blend of history and modernity, right in the heart of George Town.

George Town Street View: BEACH STREET (Lebuh Pantai)

The Beach Street in Penang is a busy street during the weekdays as it is also known as Penang’s banking or financial district. Rows of historical and heritage buildings converted into banks and financial institutions lined up the street.  Most of these heritage buildings retain their old appearance and architecture despite being used as modern financial centers by their owners.

Being one of the oldest streets in Malaysia, Beach Street’s history stretches back to the founding of Penang island as a trading port. Prior to a land reclamation during the late 1800s to early 1900s, Beach Street was actually built along the coastline of eastern Penang island in the 1780s. Hence, the shape of the street was curved and it started from Pesara King Edward roundabout (north) all the way to C.Y. Choy Road (south).