PENANG CENTRAL REGION  - Air Itam Chinatown




Penang - Air Itam District

Air itam chinatown is near Kek-lok-si temple,penang Air Itam is a district located near the central part of Penang Island. The driving time from Georgetown city takes about 15 minute.  The famous 'Kek -Lok -Si Temple and 'Air Itam Dam'  are both  located in this district, at the hillside terrain.  

There is also a small Chinatown in Air
Itam district where traditional retail business shops, coffee-shops and roadside stalls are located.  The 'Pasar Air
Itam ' or Wet Market starts early in the morning where non-working housewives goes marketing everyday for fresh meat and vegetables.  The roadside food stalls supply hawker food for take away as breakfast.

 

The morning wet market is usually very crowded during the weekends holidays when most of the local Chinese residents gather to take  breakfast at the coffee-shops where various types of traditional recipe hawker food is served. It is also a common scene to see people engaged in 'chit-chat' by the roadside as the wet market can also be a meeting place for those living in the nearby neighbourhood to catch up with each other.

 

Nearby the wet market is a food court which operates during the day time after the morning market is closed.  By the roadside is the famous 'Air Itam Laksa' hawker food  that is sold from noon to evening time, and always crowded with 'laksa' food lovers. 

 
 

Penang Travel Tips

For public bus transport, take 'Rapid Penang' bus route numbers : 201 , 203 , 204 , 502 .  The bus service interval is about 15 minutes. Some of the buses may even have free WIFI for surfing the internet with your mobile phone.

 

 

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