Many may not aware that Batu Kawan is actually an island and a town situated off Seberang Perai, which is on the mainland area of Penang. The Batu Kawan island is separated from the mainland by Sungai Jejawi and Sungai Tengah. Once considered a quiet backwater area which produces sugar canes in the 19th century, Batu Kawan had its brief growth of palm oil plantations and was among the oldest towns in Penang. It was accessible only by ferry from Bukit Tambun back in the old days. New developments are now being planned on the island with the recent completion of the second Penang Bridge (which connects Batu Maung area on the island and Batu Kawan area on the mainland side).