Chulia Street

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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,325 contributions
Nov 2019
Hardly anybody visiting George Town will miss Chulia Street, the probably most central street of all. Especially popular are strolls in the evening hours, when many stalls suddenly appear selling hawker food, the time also when the street gets especially lively. On top Chulia Street and Love Lane, which branches off to the north from it, are the preferred area for backpackers because of the many cheap hostels here.

Historically it is one of the oldest streets, marking the southern boundary of the town founded by Captain Francis Light. It now goes from Weld Quay all the way to Jalan Penang, thus it is also one of the longest streets in George Town. Close to the coast it is called 'Gat Lebu Chulia', with 'Gat' being derived from the Hindi word 'Ghat', meaning here steps to a body of water.

After crossing Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai) it becomes 'Lebuh Chulia' until Pitt Street. In this stretch it is a part of 'Little India'. After Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kenting) the street becomes wider and is now called 'Jalan Chulia'.

In the days of Captain Francis Light it was the 'Malabar Street', but with the influx of many Tamil Muslims to this area the name was changed to 'Chulia', which is what these people were called here, derived from the South Indian Chola Empire, which though was Hindu by religion.

A conspicuous building in this street is the red and white 'Central Fire Station' from 1908.
Written October 15, 2020
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January Tan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia34 contributions
Mar 2019
connected with the famous Love Lane. Along Chulia Street there are full of local food stalls: Wantan Mee, Hokkien Mee, Char Koey Teow, Lok Lok, Apom, Yong Tao Fu, Nasi Lemak, coconut milkshake, and Manchester United Burger Stall. It is happening during the weekend as there are a lot of foreign tourists hanging around having beer along the love lane. You w can feel yourself like a tourist while walking on chulia street
Written February 11, 2020
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Paul and Karen B
Kuwait City, Kuwait182 contributions
Jan 2020
Chulia Street by day is nothing special, but at night it comes alive, combining old Penang and wonderful street food stalls with a bustling hip and trendy feel. Food is cheap and made there and then. Seating is on plastic stools and tables on the road!

No doubt it is for the tourists, but it this street gives you a great insight into what Georgetown is all about, and is very close to Love Lane which is worth a walk down too (more modern bars and restaurants, the odd shop etc).
Written January 11, 2020
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CK Low
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Went to visit Chulia Street in the evening to try out the local street food and was pleasantly surprised to see that the entire street is filled with hipster cafes & bistros as well!

We focused on the street food and were lucky to get in before the peak dinner crowd due to the limited seating capacity for the street food corner. We tried several of the local street food favourites and I really like 2 of the dishes; namely the lor bak and the sambal la la. These 2 dishes were bursting with flavours!

As for the other dishes, so were quite nice, others not so much.

Overall, quite enjoy the street food dining experience. Worth a try for tourists seeking local experiences.
Written January 28, 2020
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Ng Kherh Xing@SEU338E
114 contributions
Nov 2019
The street has various Penang local food like char kuey teow, tong shui, satay and so on. The price is a bit high because it is also considered as a tourist spot. But the food is very localize and typical Penang style. The place is worth to be visited and try to taste the food.
Written June 12, 2020
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Lian Tiong G
Subang Jaya, Malaysia3,599 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
A short walk from our hotel to Chulia Strret to look for Penang street/hawker food for our dinner. Vibrant night street with many hawker food. Went to a lane lined with many tables and surrounding hawkers. Crowded even though SOP on social distance and contact tracking still apply. We manage to get a table any how. We had Sotong Kangkong, Lo Bah, Char Kway Tiow, Wan Tan Mee and Satay. Go with the food is Liang Teh. Good genuine Penang Street Food. Cheers.
Written August 20, 2020
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Sally T
Albuquerque, NM5,005 contributions
Mar 2020
One of the major streets of Georgetown which is close to markets, shops, restaurants and the full street live of central Georgetown. This area offers some for every taste. upscale new places, old original market halls, renovated bars, accommodation and cafes. A good way to enjoy and take in the full live of this neighborhood. You can keep coming to this part of town and never get bored!
Written March 3, 2020
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Chris Barr
Darlington, UK730 contributions
Feb 2020
We only visited once as it is not really our scene but we had a good time on the night we went.
Busy bars with live music competing for your business with happy hours etc.
We did a few bars and then had some excellent street food down a back alley.
Yes, it is busy and yes it is noisy but it is well worth a night out here.
Written February 24, 2020
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OOISIANGLUN@SEU338E
123 contributions
Feb 2020
Chulia street is one of the oldest roads in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. At night time, there are many food and drink at the Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
Written June 12, 2020
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sand2skis
Gold Coast, Australia323 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Chulia Street, aka Lebuh Chulia, is located literally in the middle of historical George Town and the town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some would be inclined to argue that it is the most ‘happening’ street in the town; although this author believes that there are other nodes in the old town and fringes that are equally deserving of that acclaim.

Much of old George Town has been preserved in its original and historical state and, as a result, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of colonial and pre-war architecture in Asia. Its townscape is unique architecturally and culturally, and arguably without equal in the region.

George Town’s UNESCO zone is compact and can be experienced easily on foot. It is ideal for walking being topographically flat plus it is safe, although tourists should exercise the usual travel safety precautions. If there is a downside to walking, it would be the climate which is hot and humid all year round. However, this is well offset by the abundance of kopitiams (traditional coffee shops), drink and dessert stalls scattered everywhere around the town, besides the various museums and the like that you can visit.

The UNESCO zone is bounded by the town’s northern and eastern coastlines, and by Jalan Transfer and Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, its western and eastern boundaries respectively. This is an area approximately 1.6km x 1.6km (1 x 1 mile); hardly large in size.

Chulia Street is a key component of the town’s heritage and cultural zone and is, if anything, very ‘touristy’ both during the day and night. The street and its offshoots teem with hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, bakeries, confectionary stores and so forth.

At night, Chulia Street boasts one of George Town’s best night hawker food stalls, which is centred roughly on the intersection with Carnarvon Street aka Lebuh Carnarvon. The food stalls are a delight and there is plenty on offer to the hungry tourist. Prices can be slightly pricey for Penang but that’s what you would expect in a tourist area. That said, prices are still cheap by western standards. In addition, there is Nasi Kandar Line Clear at Chulia Street’s intersection with Penang Road, which offers Indian-Malay cuisine.

Penang’s Little India straddles Chulia Street and there are several historical places of interest within a stone’s throw - for instance, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque and Han Jiang Ancestral Temple.

Within a short walk south-westwards, you will find numerous other notable attractions around the Armenian Street area or, in the opposite direction, key attractions like the Penang Peranakan Mansion. The Peranakan museum is an absolute must do. If interested in these, check out my other reviews.

Chulia Street also showcases many of George Town’s street art – both painted and those of wrought iron. Some are obvious while others are a little more obscure. Location maps are available online and at hotels but part of the fun is detecting these more ‘secretive’ street art. Success brings great satisfaction.

The Chulia Street area is a definite ‘must do’ when on a visit to Penang.

Tips:

(1) Go on the free walking tour offered by the Penang Tourist Information Center on Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street). Booking required. Among other areas, the tour covers the area around Chulia Street, Little India and Armenian Street.

(2) Use the free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus service, which circles the UNESCO zone, to get around. The route services both ends of Chulia Street. See my review of the bus service for more information.

Thanks for reading this review and my gratitude should you rate it as helpful.

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Written February 2, 2018
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