Penang Heritage Trust Site Visit 2017: Chulia Street
Date: 11 March 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 9am to 12pm
Venue: Junction of Chulia Street Ghaut and Victoria Street
(please refer map below)
Lead Facilitator: Khoo Salma Nasution
Donations: RM15 (members)/ RM30 (non-members).
Lebuh Chulia, the longest of George Town’s early streets, is characterized by bewildering diversity — hardware shops and hotels, traditional trades and traveller’s haunts, Chinese medical halls and even an Arab perfumery. The early bungalows behind the shophouses witnessed a time when the South Indian population (after whom Chulia Street is named) dominated the street. Amidst the shophouses are Chinese temples, Muslim monuments and many forgotten sacred sites. A main thoroughfare between the waterfront and the west end of town, Chulia Street is heavily used by both pedestrians and motor traffic.
We have invited City Councillor Muhammad Bakthiar, representing the MBPP Infrastructure & Traffic Committee / Lestari Subcommittee to brief us about MBPP’s latest efforts to upgrade pedestrian access and five-footways. The 1 km walk would normally take 15 minutes to traverse, but enlivened with an appreciation of history, intangible heritage and streetscape, it might take up to three hours….