Penang Then And Now: 35 Photos That Show How Much Has Evolved In The Past Century

From one of the region's first trading ports to home of a UNESCO heritage site, Penang manages to preserve its old-world charm despite having had massive changes in its landscape.

1. Campbell Street

Campbell Street in the early 20th century photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Campbell Street in 1975 photo from RS Murthi's Facebook.
Campbell Street in 2014 photo by David Tan via The Star Online.

2. Hutton Lane

Hutton Lane in 1971 photo by williewonker via Flickr.
Hutton Lane in 2013 photo by kayes via PenangTalk.

3. Chulia Street

Chulia Street in the early 20th century photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Chulia Street in 2012 photo by WiLL.

4. Boston Bar, a popular bar in the '50s and '60s at the junction of Penang Road and Prangin Road

Boston Bar photos by Anthony E. Catherall.

5. Chowrasta Market from the Penang Road entrance

Chowrasta Market in 1910 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Chowrasta Market in the 1950s photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Chowrasta Market in the 1960s photo from Penang Monthly.
Chowrasta Market in 2010 photo from Panoromio.

6. KOMTAR

KOMTAR under construction in the early 1980s photos from Jesus Goh's Facebook.
KOMTAR in 2011 photo by WiLL.

7. Craven Cafe in Jalan Dato Keramat

Craven Cafe in 1953 photo from Jamal Othman's Facebook.
Craven Cafe in 1991 photo by williewonker via Flickr.
Craven Cafe in 2008 photo by frossonice via BlogSpot.

8. Queen's Theatre and later, Old Cathay Theatre along Penang Road is now a Mydin wholesale emporium

Queen's Theatre in the 1930s and Cathay Theatre in the 1980s photos from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Mydin Wholesale Emporium in 2012 photo from Asambackpacker01's blog.

9. Odeon Theatre on Penang Road

Odeon Theatre in 1957 photo from Awesome Penang.
Odeon Theatre in the 1990s photo from [Jamil Othman's Facebook](
Iswaria Veenai Odeon in the early 2000s from Cinema Online.
PG Odeon in 2009 photo from goldenshahab via Panoromio.
Odeon: The Visitor Gallery in 2015 photo from PenangLang.

10. Majestic Theatre at the corner between Khoo Sian Ewe Road and Phee Choon Road

Majestic Theatre in 1990 photos from The Southeast Asian Movie Theater Project.
Abandoned Majestic Theatre building in 2009 photo by Sean Soon Photography via Flickr.
Restored Majestic Theatre building - to be used as a modern theatre for performances and exhibitions - in 2014 photo by David Tan via The Star Online.

11. The Rex Cinema building in Burmah Road has been taken over by Mekio Home Furnishing

Rex Theatre in 1990 photo from The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project.
Mekio Home Furnishing in 2012 photo by Timothy Tye.

12. Burmah Road

Burmah Road in 1981 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Burmah Road in 1981 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Burmah Road in 2014 photo by Hasnoor Hussain via The Malaysian Insider.

13. From Penang Race Course to St. George's Girls' School in Macalister Road

Penang Race Course in the early 20th century photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
St. George's Girls' School in the 1950s photo from Fun Penang via Pinterest.
St. George's Girls' School in 2012 photo from Lisan al-Din via BlogSpot.

14. Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram) at Lorong Burma, Pulau Tikus

Wat Chayamangkalaram photo in 1969 by willie wonker via Flickr.
Wat Chayamangkalaram photo in 2013 from Wonderful Malaysia.

15. Homestead Mansion, located along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, now houses the campus of Wawasan Open University

Homestead Mansion photo in 1978 by williewonker via Flickr.
Wawasan Open University photo in 2011 by Henry M. Trotter.

16. Pitt Street, where Masjid Kapitan Keling is located

Masjid Kapitan Keling in 1953 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook
Masjid Kapitan Keling in 1978 photo from RS Murthi's Facebook
Masjid Kapitan Keling in 2014 photo by Dean Wickham.

17. E&O Hotel at Lebuh Farquhar

E&O Hotel photo in 1900s by Jamil Othman's Facebook.
E&O Hotel photo in 1991 by williewonker via Flickr.
E&O Hotel photo in 1991 by Wrinkled Chiffon.

18. St Xavier's Institution at Lebuh Farquhar

St. Xavier's Institution in 1857 and 1940 photos from the Archive of St. Xavier's Insitution.
St. Xavier's Institution in 2012 photo by WiLL.

19. Penang Supreme Court at Light Street

Supreme Court in the early 20th century photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Supreme Court in the present day photo from Asia Explorers.

20. Penang City Hall at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, overlooking Padang Kota Lama

Penang City Hall in 1906 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Penang City Hall in 2011 photo from Wikimedia Commons.

21. Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower (Jubilee Clock Tower) and roundabout at the junction of Light Street and Beach Street

Roundabout in 1968 photo from RS Murthi's Facebook.
Clock Tower and roundabout in 2004 photo by Akmal Hizam.
Clock Tower and roundabout in 2014 photo from Travels With My Wife.

22. Weld Quay

Weld Quay in the early 20th century photo from Jesus Goh's Facebook.
Weld Quay in the 1960s photo from Jamal Othman's Facebook.
Weld Quay in the present day photo from Around Penang Tips.

23. Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim in Butterworth (formerly known as Mitchell Pier)

Mitchell Pier in the early 20th century photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Mitchell Pier in 1964 photo from RS Murthi's Facebook.
Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim in 2012 photo by Mustafa Ahmad via The Star Online.

24. Beach Street

Beach Street in the early 20th century from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Beach Street in 2012 photo by the-bowies via Flickr.

25. Ban Hin Lee Bank, later Southern Bank on Beach Street, now houses CIMB Bank

Ban Hin Lee Bank in the 1930s photo from ssquah via BlogSpot.
Southern Bank in the 2000s photo from Wikimedia Commons
CIMB Bank in 2013 photo from Wong Chun Wai via The Star Online.

26. Shanghai Hotel at Gurney Drive, now No. 1 Gurney Condominiums

Shanghai Hotel photo in the 1960s from Tan Khai Beng's Facebook.
Gurney Drive No. 1 Condominium photo from Properties188.

27. Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive in the early 20th century, 1930, 1970s, and 1990s from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Gurney Drive in
Gurney Drive in 2010 photo by WiLL

28. Casuarina Hotel, presently Hard Rock Hotel

Casuarina Hotel in 1974 photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Hard Rock Hotel in the present day photo from Agoda.

29. Jelutong Road

Jelutong Road in the early 20th century from Wong Chun Wai.
Jelutong Road in 2013 photo by Zhafaran Nasib.

30. Penang Free School at Jalan Masjid Negeri

Penang Free School in the 1930s photo from royalsportsclub via Flickr.
Penang Free School in 2005 photo by Timothy Tye.

31. Air Itam Village, with Kek Lok Si Temple in the background

Air Itam Village in 1950s/1960s photo from Delcampe.net.
Air Itam Village in 2015 photo from YesNomads.

32. Chung Ling High School in Air Itam

Chung Ling High School in the 1960s photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Chung Ling High School in 2010 photo from journey26.com.

33. Penang Hill Base Station

Penang Hill Base Station in 1964 photo from RS Murthi's Facebook.
Penang Hill Base Station in 2012 photo from Zakir Hossain via Panoromio.
Penang Hill Base Station in 2014 photo from Akrosdayunibers.

34. Penang International Airport, formerly known as Bayan Lepas International Airport

Penang Airport in the 1970s photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Penang Airport in 2013 photo from Georgetown Penang Heritage Site.

35. Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas

Snake Temple in the 1960s photo from Jamil Othman's Facebook.
Snake Temple in the 1970s photo from Rifle Range Boy.
Snake Temple in 2013 photo from Sacchan's.

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