George Town Street View: Market Street

Market Street

As one of the streets that pass along the Little India zone in George Town, Market Street (or Lebuh Pasar) is named after a market that once stood in this area which is populated by the South Indian community. There are many Indian shops and restaurants located along this street and it is especially crowded during festive and holiday seasons.

Penang Street Art (The Bread Seller)

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This steel sculpture can be found on a wall of a shophouse along King Street, part of the Little India area in George Town. The caricature depicts a local ‘Roti Benggali’ (or Benggali Bread) seller and what it means by the word ‘Benggali’. The freshly baked and rather big loaf Benggali bread is popular among the locals here, usually sold from a small makeshift stall on a motorcycle. It was said that the bread derived its name from the word ‘Penggali’, which basically means ‘shareholders’ in Tamil. The bread business was started by an Indian Muslim together with his group of friends (a co-op business) back in the 1930s. Local residents later mistook the name to be ‘Roti Benggali’ and the bread has been called as such ever since.

Penang Isle: Little India

Little India is an ethnic Indian enclave located in George Town, covering an area around Queen Street, Chulia Street and Market Street. Rows of shops selling various Indian apparels, merchandise and food can be found in this area in addition to Penang’s oldest old Indian temple, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Little India is especially crowded during festive season such as Diwali or Deepavali.

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Penang Isle: Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Located at Queen Street, the Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang wich was built in 1833. The temple is also referred as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple. Since 1833, the temple has stood at the same location for more than 200 years. Like other Hindu temples, fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses can be found over its main entrance and facade. Built in the south Indian Dravidian style, the temple has an impressive gopuram (tower). Rising above the entrance, it features Hindu deities, soldiers and floral decorations.

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The back view of the temple.