Penang Before and After

Posted: July 30, 2009 in Penang
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I came across these interesting photos in my email some times ago. To make this fun, I will try to take the same photo from the same spot and share with you.

Odeon Cinema with the roundabout


Double Decker in Penang? Photo taken in front of the old Penang Road Police station.


The famous Boston BAR next to Penang Road


electric cable car? This look familiar, but i am not sure where this was taken. Drop me a message if you know.


Cold Storage. I think this was taken in upper Penang Road.


  1. Bob says:

    hey, those are some really nice photos of penang… it really does show u how penang has grown throughout the years

    • chriscctan says:

      Bob, thanks for your comment. Yes, Penang had changed alot, I will take some photos this weekend so you can see side by side comparison. It will be fascinating to see the differences…

  2. mytheory says:

    wow.. the photo is great. Your country has developed this city well…
    nice photo!

  3. Finding Me says:

    I think the unknown location could be where the Old Capitol theater is… err currently where the “octopus” pedestrian bridge in front of Komtar; err junction of penang road, burmah road (Old Rex Theatre direction); Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim (i think); and the road that connects to Komtar via Dato Keramat (forget the name)

  4. Steve says:

    Was the third photo taken at the end of Penang rd where the overpass is now?

  5. jared says:

    Hi Chris
    The photographs do bring back memories.I am a penangnite setting up a small penang style cafe in KL. Would you be kind enough to allow me permission to use some of these nostalgic images to decorate my little cafe?

    • chriscctan says:

      sorry for late reply, you are welcome to use the images from my blog “Penang Before & After”
      maybe i ask where you are setting up your cafe in KL, maybe when i am there i can drop by. I am a coffee and food lover so wont give up any chance to try new one.
      again, thanks for visiting my blog & good luck with your venture.

  6. Goh Kok Wah says:

    It’s not a electric cable car but, an old Penang Trolley Bus. That photo is shot at Penang Road

  7. KS Neoh says:

    I think the photo “image 0017” shows the Capitol Cinema, at the junction between Prangin Road and Penang Road

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