Little India Penang

In the centre of the Penang Heritage Zone is Little India, along Market Street, King Street and Queen Street (click here to see map). The atmosphere surrounding Little India is unique with its traditional music heard along the streets and specialised Indian stores selling beautiful fabric and jewellery, reflecting the Indian culture and lifestyle. There is also an abundance of Indian culinary delights ranging from vegetarian curries served in banana leaf to tandoori chicken and a whole lot of other appetizing treats to choose from.


welcome to Little India


Market Street lined with colourful fashion shops


the buzz of Little India


tourists on a trishaw enjoying the scene


a boy looking after his father’s coconut cart at the corner of King Street


strolling along the streets of Little India

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20 Responses to “Little India Penang”

  1. 1 chyng Apr 7th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I just watched the current episode of Amazing Race, they had a pit stop in Penang, Malaysia. Then I remember you and this series! Ü

  2. 2 Rajesh Apr 7th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Very beautiful and colorful shots of the place,

  3. 3 micki Apr 7th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I found the trishaw in Malaysia very interesting! The driver is in the back, and the passengers are in the front. The one we had in Taiwan was vice versa which was driver in the front, passengers in the back. I like Malaysia’s design though and makes sense to me too since passengers would have no one in front blocking the view~~

  4. 4 Mei Teng Apr 7th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Little India is so colourful! :)

  5. 5 Nomadic Pinoy Apr 7th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Just like the Chinese, Indian communities have sprouted everywhere and your photos affirm how well they have established themselves in Penang.

  6. 6 Nicholas Leong Apr 7th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Never really toured Little India. Maybe I should give it a go one day. :)

  7. 7 taufulou Apr 8th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    such a nice day to take shots..~ just cant wait for you rnext posting~

  8. 8 khengsiong Apr 9th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    There used to be lots of trishaws when I went to Penang as a kid. Today only a small number left for tourists.

  9. 9 zzkang Apr 10th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    great shots…i like!! :D

  10. 10 Rafael Lam Apr 10th, 2010 at 3:35 am

    It’s so nice to go there in a nice weather, :)
    when will be the best time to visit Penang?

  11. 11 lechua Apr 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    chyng: heard about that too… but didn’t watch the episode. any setting that looked familiar?

    Rajesh: thanks for visiting rajesh!

    micki: actually there are both types in malaysia. perhaps more of the ones where the passenger sits in front, in penang. in malacca, there are lots of trishaws as well – captured one where passenger seat is behind http://www.lechuaphotography.com/2009/10/16/road-trip-to-malacca/

    Mei Teng: it is indeed. i think partially due to the tradition of having very colourful clothing and accessories.

    Nomadic Pinoy: yup, penang is quite a popular place historically for indian and chinese settlers.

  12. 12 lechua Apr 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Nicholas: it’s in the heart of penang’s heritage – so if u’re in the area, do check it out.

    taufulou: u’re from penang too right… remember your CNY takings and food coverage before

    khengsiong: ya.. it’s become more of a tourist attraction these days

    zzkang: tx a bunch!

    rafael: it is very hot and humid all year round in penang but there tends to be more rainfall during sep-nov rainy season so perhaps u’d like to avoid visiting during that time.

  13. 13 Hong Apr 11th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    if you don’t say that this is ‘Little India’ people will definitely thought that it’s really India..hehe

  14. 14 Rafael Lam Apr 12th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks lechua, I will remember visiting Penang is better before or after sep-nov! :)

  15. 15 CHVoon Apr 13th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    never been there before.

    little india.

    any special statues there?

  16. 16 lechua Apr 17th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Hong: hehe.. have u dropped by little india… u’re from penang urself correct?

    CHVoon: there’s the Mahamariamman Temple with statues at the entrance http://www.lechuaphotography.com/2010/03/21/penang-heritage-trail/

  17. 17 kenwooi Apr 17th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    very heritage-like.. =)

  18. 18 London Caller Apr 20th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Is there where you can source the best chendol in Penang?
    Ahh, I miss chendol so much!

  19. 19 mylo Apr 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    This Little India is a bustling and colorful place especially during the annual Diwali celebration. I still remember that coconut cart!

    Penang is a perfect reflection of 1Malaysia. Malay, Chinese & Indian temples co-exist harmoniously within the heritage zone.

    Alex Loke

  20. 20 lechua Apr 28th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    kenwooi: yup yup

    londoncaller: there are so many around… i’m more of an ice kacang fan and used to like the one in swatow lane last time… the one by the roadside – they’ve moved indoors to a food courtyard now…

    mylo: ahh can just imagine must be really lively during Diwali… & same coconut cart? haha.

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