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Useful Info: English to Hokkien Road Name Conversion from Wiki

For outsider might be wonder when some penang folks talk about some road's name in hokkien and is kind of difficulty to compare it with the name in Malay or English.. Here are some useful info that might help up.. Thanks...

English nameHokkien nameHokkien meaningNote
Aboo Sitee Lane三牲巷 sam-seng-hangGangsters' lanen/a
Acheen Street破石街 phua-chioh-ke
懸樓仔 kuan-lau-a (id.)
Stone-cutters' street
Tall tower
After the Acheenese inhabitants.
Acheen Street Ghaut破石街路頭 phua-chioh-ke lơ-thau
懸樓仔路頭 kuan-lau-a lơ-thau (id.)
Acheen St ghaut
Ah Quee Street阿貴街 a-kui-keAh Quee streetAfter Chung Keng Quee, Capitan China
Anson Roadan-sen-lut(phonetic)After Major-General Sir Archibald Anson, Lieutenant-Governor of Penang (1867-1882)
Argyll RoadBengali巷 bang-ka-li-hangBengali / Sikh lanen/a
Argus LaneSerani 禮拜堂後巷仔 sek-la-ni-le-pai-tng-au hang-aLane behind the Roman Catholic Church of the Assumptionn/a
Armenian Street(W. of Cannon St)
拍銅仔街 phah-thang-a ke
Copper-beaters' streetAfter the Armenian inhabitants.
(E. of Cannon St)
本頭公巷 pun-thau-kong-hang
建原街 kien-guan-ke id.
God's lane
Kian Teik society street
Armenian Street Ghaut本頭公巷路頭 pun-thau-kong-hang lơ-thauGod's lane ghaut
Ayer Itam Roadn/an/aAfter the Ayer Itam stream which flows there
Ayer Rajah Roadn/an/aAfter Ayer Rajah, or the Sungai Ayer Raja, in Singapore. Malay name after Tunku Abdul Rahman, first prime minister of Malaya (1957-1970), who lived there.
Bagan Jermal Road灣斗路 oan-to-lơBay roadAfter Bagan Jermal, where it leads
Barrack Road兵房路 peng-pang-lơBarrack roadAfter the sepoy barracks formerly there
Beach Street(N. of China St)
涂庫街 thơ-khơ-ke
Warehouse streetSelf-describing. The street formerly ran along the shoreline until the construction of Weld Quay.
(China St – Chulia St)
港仔口 kang-a-khau
Mouth of the Prangin Ditch
(Chulia St – Armenian St)
中街 tiong-ke
Central street
(Armenian St – Acheen St)
toan-lo-sin
Tengku Syed Hussein (Tuan Losin)'s street
(Acheen St – Malay St)
拍鐵街 phah-tih-ke
Blacksmiths' street
(S. of Malay St)
社尾 sia-boe
Downtown
Birch Roadn/an/aAfter J W W Birch, British Resident in Perak, who was assassinated in 1875 by a local Malay chief.
Bishop Street(W. of King St)
順德公司街 sun-tek-kong-si-ke
Soon Teik Association streetAfter the Right Rev. Thomas Middleton, Anglican bishop of Calcutta, who consecrated the neighbouring church of St George in 1819.
(W. of Penang St)
漆木街 chhat-bok-ke
Lacquerers' street
(E. of King St)
Luzon禮拜堂前 lu-song-le-pai-tng-cheng
In front of the Cathedral of the Assumption
(E. of Penang St)
柴工街 chha-kang-ke
Carpenters' street
Brick Kiln Road風車路 hong-chhia-lơWinnowing machine roadAfter the brick kiln formerly there. New Malay name after the Sikhgurdwara there.
Bridge Street(North end)
過港仔 kue-kang-a
Past the Prangin DitchAfter the bridges over the Prangin Ditch and the Sungei Pinang. New Malay name after Cllr C. Y. Choy, the last Mayor of George Town (1974).
(Middle)
枋廊 pang-long
Sawmill
(South end)
聖王廟路 seng-ong-bio-lơ
Seng Ong temple road
Buckingham Street新街頭 sin-ke-thau
大人館 tai-jin-koan id. (also Downing St)
At the head of Campbell St
Chinese protector's office
Burmah Road車水路 chhia-tsui-lơ
五車水 gơ-chhia-tsui id.
牛車水 gu-chhia-tsui id.
Cart-water road
Five cart water
Bullock-cart water
After the Burmese inhabitants
Campbell Street新街 sin-ke
新大門樓 sin-toa-muiⁿ-lau id.
New street
New great archway
Cannon Square龍山堂裏 liong-san-tong-laiWithin Leong San Tong (the Khoo clanhouse)After the cannon that was brought in during the Penang riots in the 19th century
Cannon Street大流街 toa-liu-ke
大槍空 toa-chheng-khang id.
大同巷 toa-thong-hang id.
Great flow street
Cannonball-hole lane
Great harmony lane
Cantonment Roadn/an/aAfter an army cantonment formerly there
Carnarvon LaneKampong裏 kam-kong-laiWithin the villageAfter Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, 19th century British Colonial Secretary
Carnarvon Street(N. of Campbell St)
大門樓橫街 toa-muiⁿ-lau-huaiⁿ-ke
Chulia St cross street
(Campbell St - Acheen St)
番仔塚 hoan-a-thiong
Malay cemetery
(S. of Acheen St)
沓塍仔 lam-chhan-a
姓張公司街 sεⁿ-tiơⁿ-kong-si-ke id.
十間厝 tsap-keng-chhu id.
四角井 si-kak-chεⁿid.
Swamp fields
Teoh clanhouse street
Ten houses
Square well
Caunterhall Roadn/an/aNew Malay name after Malayan filmmaker P. Ramlee
Cecil Street(過港仔)七條路 chhit-tiau-lơ7th road (past the Prangin Ditch)After Sir Cecil Clementi, Governor of the Straits Settlements (1930-1934).
Ceylon Lane四十間 si-tsap-kengForty housesAfter the Ceylonese inhabitants
Cheapsiden/an/aAfter Cheapside, a street in London where one of the city's main produce markets was located.
Che Em LanePekan 裏 pak-kan-laiWithin the townn/a
China Street大街 toa-keMain streetAfter the Chinese inhabitants
China Street Ghaut大街路頭 toa-ke lơ-thau
明山路頭 beng-san lơ-thau id.
China St ghaut
Beng San ghaut
Chowrasta Road吉寧仔萬山 kit-leng-a-ban-sanIndian marketAfter the chowrasta or "four crossroads" market there
Chulia Lane十七間 tsap-chhit-kengSeventeen housesAfter the Tamil (from the ancient Tamil kingdom of Chola) inhabitants
Chulia Street(W. of Love Lane)
牛干冬 gu-gan-tang
Cattle pen
(Love Lane - Pitt St)
大門樓 toa-muiⁿ-lau
Great archway
(E. of Pitt St)
Noordin 街 lơ-lin-ke
吉寧仔街 kit-leng-a-ke id. (now usually Market St)
Noordin street
Indian street
Chulia Street Ghaut吉寧仔街路頭 kit-leng-a-ke lơ-thau
姓楊公司街 sεⁿ-iơⁿ-kong-si-ke id.
大水井 toa-tsui-chεⁿid. (also Pitt St (middle))
Chulia St ghaut
Yeoh clanhouse street
Great well
Church Street義興街 gi-hin-keGhee Hin society streetAfter the neighbouring AnglicanChurch of St George the Martyr, consecrated in 1819.
Church Street Ghaut義興街路頭 gi-hin-ke lơ-thau
酒廊路頭 chiu-long lơ-thau id.
Church St ghaut
Distillery landing-place
Cintra Street新街橫街 sin-ke hoaiⁿ-ke
拍袍街 phah-phau-ke id.
China St cross street
Brothel street
(N. of Campbell St)
日本街 jit-pun-ke
Japanese street
Codrington Avenuen/an/aAfter Stewart Codrington, Resident Councillor of Penang (from 1924)
Dato' Kramat Road(W. of Patani Rd)
四崁店 si-kham-tiam
Four shopsPossibly after a local Dato' Kramat shrine
(E. of Patani Rd)
柑仔園 kam-a-huiⁿ
Mandarin orange garden
Dhoby Ghaut洗布橋 se-pơ-kioWashermen's bridgeAfter the laundrymen (Hindustani: dhobi) who used to work there. The original Dhobi Ghat is in Bombay.
Downing Street外館 goa-koan
大人館 tai-jin-koan id. (also Buckingham St)
Overseas Chinese protector's officen/a
Drury Lane明戲臺 beng-hi-taiBeng theatreAfter Drury Lane in London, where the Theatre Royal is
Duke Streetn/an/aAfter Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who visited and stayed here in 1869.
The Esplanade舊官仔角 ku-kuan-a-kak
草埔海墘路 chhau-pơ-hai-kiⁿ-lơ id.
Old government office corner
Padang shorefront road
Self-describing. New Malay name of part of the road after Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Governor of Penang (1969-1975).
Farquhar Street(W. of Leith St)
華勘街 hoa-kham-ke
n/aAfter R T Farquhar, Lieutenant-Governor of Penang (1804-1805)
(Leith St - Love Lane)
蓮花河 lian-hoa-ho
Serani 學前 sek-la-ni-oh-cheng id.
Lotus flower pond
In front of St Xavier's School
(E. of Love Lane)
紅毛學前 ang-mơ-oh-cheng
In front of the old Penang Free School
Fettes Road水池路 tsui-tiⁿ-lơReservoir roadAfter Fettes College in Edinburgh.
Free School Roadn/an/aAfter the new Penang Free School there.
Gaol Road新骹拘 sin-kha-khuNew prisonAfter the Penang Gaol there.
Gladstone Road火車路 hoe-chhia-lơTram roadAfter William Ewart Gladstone, late 19th century British prime minister.
Glugor Roadn/an/aAfter the area of Glugor, where it leads
Gottlieb Roadn/an/aAfter German lawyer Felix Henri Gottlieb who served in the Straits Settlements government from 1846 to 1882
Green Hallki-lin-hơ
toan-pa-li id.
(phonetic)
Mr Paddy's
n/a
Green Lane青草巷 chhεⁿ-chhau-hangGreen grass laneSelf-describing. New Malay name after the state mosque there.
Gurney Drive新官仔角 sin-kuan-a-kakNew EsplanadeAfter Sir Henry Gurney, High Commissioner of the Federation of Malaya (1950-1951) assassinated during the Malayan Emergency.
Herriot Street(過港仔)八條路 peh-tiau-lơ8th road (past the Prangin Ditch)n/a
Hong Kong Street香港街 hiang-kang-keHong Kong streetAfter the island of Hong Kong. New Malay name after Cheong Fatt Tze, 19th century merchant and Chinese consul in Penang, despite the fact that the famous Cheong Fatt Tze mansion is not here, but on Leith St.
Hospital Road病厝路 pεⁿ-chhu-lơHospital roadAfter the Penang General Hospital there
Hutton Lanegia-lan-a-teng(phonetic)n/a
Jelutong RoadJelutong 路 jit-loh-tong-lơ(phonetic)After the area called Jelutong, where it leads
(Town end)
下洞 e-tong
Lower Jelutong road
(Jelutong end)頂洞 teng-tong
上洞 siang-tong id.
Upper Jelutong road
Kampong Malabar日本新路 jit-pun-sin-lơNew Japanese roadAfter the Malabarese inhabitants
Katz Street(過港仔)六條路 lak-tiau-lơ6th road (past the Prangin Ditch)After the famous German importing agent, Katz Brothers Ltd
Kedah RoadKam-kong ma-lak-kaKampung MelakaAfter the neighbouring Malay state of Kedah
Kelawai Roadn/an/an/a
Keng Kwee Street景貴街 keng-kui-keKeng Kwee streetAfter Chung Keng Quee, Capitan China
Kimberley Street山頭街 soaⁿ-thau-ke
潮州街 tio-chiu-ke id.
麺綫街 miⁿ-soaⁿ-ke id.
姓鄧公司街 sεⁿ-thεⁿ-kong-si-ke id.
拍索仔街 phah-so-a-ke id. (also Rope Walk)
Swatow street
Teochew street
Rice vermicelli street
Teh clanhouse street
Ropemakers' street
After John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, British Colonial Secretary (1870-1874, 1880-1882).
King Edward Placen/an/aAfter King Edward VII (reigned 1901-1910)
King Street大伯公路 toa-pεh-kong-lơ
Heavenly Emperor's roadAfter King George III (reigned 1760-1820).
(N. of Bishop St)
九間厝後 kau-keng-chhu-au
Behind the nine houses
(Bishop St – China St)
廣東大伯公街 kuiⁿ-tang-toa-pεh-kong-ke
啊片公司街 a-phien-kong-si-ke id.
Cantonese Heavenly Emperor's street
Ah Phean association street
(China St – Market St)
和成公司街 ho-seng-kong-si-ke
舊和成街 ku-ho-seng-ke id.
Ho Seng association street
Old Ho Seng street
(S. of Market St)
吉寧仔街 kit-leng-a-ke (also Market St)
Indian street
Kuala Kangsar Road番仔戲園街 hoan-a-hi-huiⁿ-keMalay theatre streetAfter the town of Kuala Kangsar
Kulim Lane萬安臺 ban-an-taiBan An stageAfter the town of Kulim
Leith Street祥和厝前 siang-ho-chhu-chengIn front of Seang Ho's houseAfter Sir George Leith, Lieutenant-Governor of Penang
Light StreetPolice 口 po-le-khauPolice court entranceAfter Captain Francis Light, Founder of Penang and Superintendent of the colony (1786-1794)
Lorong Selamat平安街 pheng-an-kePeace streetn/a
Love LaneSerani 巷 sek-la-ni-hang (also Muntri St)Eurasian lanen/a
MacAlister Road中路 tiong-lơCentral roadAfter Colonel Norman MacAlister, Governor of Penang (1807-1810)
MacAlister Lane姓王公司後 sεⁿ-ong-kong-si-auBehind the Ong clanhouse
MacAllum Street(過港仔)五條路 gơ-tiau-lơ5th road (past the Prangin Ditch)After Colonel Sir Henry MacAllum, Colonial Engineer of the Straits Settlements (1884-1889)
Madras Lane油絞路 iu-ka-lơ
柴落頭 chha-loh-thau id.
Oil mill road
Timber landing-place
After the Tamil inhabitants, from the Indian city of Madras
Magazine (junction)五葩燈 gơ-pha-teng
槍藥間 chheng-ioh-keng id.
六叉路 lak-chhe-lơ id.
Five-armed lamp
Gunpowder store
Six-road junction
After the weapons magazine formerly there.
Magazine Road(過港仔)頭條路 thau-tiau-lơ1st road (past the Prangin Ditch)
Malay Street殺牛後 thai-gu-au
殺牛巷 thai-gu-hang id.
Behind the cattle slaughterhouse
Cattle slaughterhouse lane
After the Malay inhabitants
Malay Street Ghaut殺牛巷路頭 thai-gu-hang lơ-thauMalay St ghaut
Market LaneKong Hock Ku 巷 kong-hok-ku-hangKong Hock Ku laneAfter the Indian market there
Market Street吉寧仔街 kit-leng-a-ke (also King St (S. of Market St))
Pasar 街 pa-sat-ke id.
Indian street
Market street
Market Street Ghaut新萬山 sin-ban-sanNew market
Maxwell Road(W. of Gladstone Rd)
凱興美米絞 khai-heng-bi bi-ka
Khie Heng Bee ricemillAfter Sir Peter Benson Maxwell, Recorder of Penang (c. 1860), or his son Sir William Edward Maxwell, Acting Resident-Councillor of Penang (1886-1889)
(E. of Gladstone Rd)
柴埕 chha-tiaⁿ
Timberyard
McNair Streetn/an/aAfter Major John Frederick Adolphus McNair, Acting Lieutenant-Governor of Penang (1880-1884) and Resident Councillor of Penang (from 1884)
Moulmein Closen/an/aAfter the city of Moulmein in Burma
Muda Lane癞膏巷 thai-ko-hangLepers' laneAfter the Sungai Muda (river)
Muntri Street南華醫院街 lam-oa-i iⁿ-ke
新海南公司街 sin-hai-lam-kong-si-ke id.
Serani 巷 sek-la-ni-hang id. (also Love Lane)
Lam Wah Ee hospital street
New Hainanese association street
Eurasian lane
n/a
Nanking Street(過港仔)七條路 chhit-tiau-lơ7th road (past the Prangin Ditch)After the city of Nanking.
Noordin Street(過港仔)二條路 ji-tiau-lơ2nd road (past the Prangin Ditch)After H M Noordin, Indian Muslim Merchant & one of the founders of the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
Noordin Street Ghaut土橋尾 thơ-kio-boe
紅燈角 ang-teng-kak id.
Earth bridge end
Red lamp corner
Northam Road(W. of Transfer Rd)
紅毛路 ang-mơ-lơ
European roadNew Malay name after the 7th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, who visited Penang in 1982.
(E. of Transfer Rd)
紅毛舊塚 ang-mơ-ku-thiong
Old European cemetery
Peel Avenuen/an/aAfter Sir William Peel, Acting Resident Councillor of Penang (1917, 1925), later Governor of Hong Kong
Penang Roadpin-ang-lut
(phonetic)After Penang
(About Chulia St)
吊人街 tiau-lang-ke
Gallows street
(About Chowrasta Market)
舊骹拘 ku-kha-khu
Leng-chiak 厝前 leng-chiak-chhu-cheng id.
Old prison
In front of Leng Chiak's house
(About Prangin Ditch)
吊橋頭 tiau-kio-thau
Gallow-bridge landing
(About the Magazine)
人車丁牌館 lang-chhia-teng-pai-kuan
Rickshaw signboard office
Penang Street(N. of Bishop St)
廣東街 kuiⁿ-tang-ke
唐人街 tng-lang-ke id.
九間厝 kau-keng-chhu id.
Cantonese street
Chinese street
Nine houses
(Bishop St - Market St)
馬交街 ma-kau-ke
Macao / Cantonese street
(S. of Market St)
Chettiar 街 che-ti-ke
Chettiar street
Perak Road大路後 toa-lơ-auBehind MacAlister RoadAfter the sultanate of Perak
Phee Choon Lane丕竣路 phi-chhun-lơPhee Choon road
Pitt Lane潮州公司後 tio-chiu-kong-si-keTeochew association streetAfter William Pitt the Younger, who was British prime minister when Penang was founded (1783-1801, and again in 1804-1806). The new Malay name of Pitt St is after the Kapitan Kling mosque there, despite the fact that the street is also home to St George's Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple (Buddhist) and the Mahamariamman Temple (Hindu), all dating back to the earliest years of George Town and indicative of its religious diversity.
Pitt Street(N. of China St)
觀音亭前 koan-im-teng-cheng
In front of the Goddess of Mercy temple
(China St - Chulia St)
大 Balai toa-ba-lai
Big police station
(S. of Chulia St)
椰骹 ia-kha
大水井 toa-tsui-chεⁿ id. (also Chulia St Ghaut)
大水池 toa-tsui-tiⁿ id.
Beneath the coconut trees
Great well
Great water-tank
Prangin Lane鹹魚埕 kiam-hu-tiaⁿSaltfish yardn/a
Prangin Road(W. of Sungei Ujong Rd)
牛車街 gu-chhia-ke
港仔墘 kang-a-kiⁿ id. (also Maxwell Rd)
Bullock-cart street
By the Prangin Ditch
(Sungei Ujong Rd - Carnarvon St)
凱興美街 khai-heng-bi-ke
Khie Heng Bee street
(E. of Carnarvon St)
惠州公司街 hoe-chiu-kong-si-ke
彎頭仔 oan-thau-a id.
Huichew association street
Little turning
Presgrave Street(過港仔)三條路 saⁿ-tiau-lơ3rd street (past the Prangin Ditch)n/a
Queen Street十二間 tsap-ji-keng
舊和合社街 ku-ho-hap-sia-ke id.
Twelve houses
Old Ho Hup society street
After Queen Charlotte (consort to King George III 1761-1818)
Race Course Road大菜園路 toa-chhai-huiⁿ-lơBig vegetable farm roadAfter the Penang Turf Club racecourse there
Rangoon Road仰光路 jiang-kong-lơRangoon roadAfter Rangoon
Residency Road二王厝路 ji-ong-chhu-lơSecond king's house roadAfter the Residency, the official residence of the Resident Councillor and now of the Governor of Penang, there.
River Valley Roadn/an/aAfter the Sungei Pinang river valley, where it runs.
Rope Walk拍索仔街 phah-so-a-ke (also Kimberley St)
Ropemakers' streetAfter the ropewalk formerly there
(N. of Kimberley St)
大順街 toa-sun-ke
義福街 gi-hok-ke id.
Tua Soon street
Ghee Hock society street
(S. of Kimberley St)
煙筒路 ien-tang-lơ
Kerosene lamp road
Saltfish Lane鹹魚仔巷 kiam-hu-a-hang
拍鐵街巷仔 phah-thih-ke hang-a id.
Saltfish lane
Blacksmiths' lane
n/a
Sandilands Street(過港仔)九條路 kau-tiau-lơ9th road (past the Prangin Ditch)n/a
Scotland Roadn/an/aWhimsically so called because of the estates there of Captain James Scott, business partner of Captain Francis Light, the founder of Penang.
Scott Roadn/an/aAfter Captain James Scott. New Malay name after Cllr D. S. Ramanathan, the first Mayor of the City of George Town (1957).
Seh Tan Court姓陳公司 sεⁿ-tan-kong-siTan clanhouseAfter the Tan clan association
Sek Chuan Lane大門樓裏 toa-muiⁿ-lau lai
Within the great archwayn/a
Sepoy Lines Roadn/an/aAfter the sepoy barracks formerly there
Sri Bahari Road瓊花路 kheng-hoa-lơn/an/a
Stewart Lane觀音亭後 koan-im-teng-au
三板巷 sam-pan-hang id.
Behind the Goddess of Mercy temple
Boat lane
n/a
Sungei Ujong Road胡椒埕 hơ-chio-tiaⁿPepper yardAfter the district of Sungai Ujong in Negeri Sembilan
Tek Soon Street柴埕後 chha-tiaⁿ-au
德順路 tek-sun lơ id.
Behind the timberyard
Tek Soon road
n/a
To Aka LaneKampong裏橫路 kam-kong-lai-huaiⁿ-lơCarnarvon Street cross streetn/a
Transfer Road德順厝邊街 tek-sun-ke piⁿ-ke
Tiao Ho路 tiau-ho-lơ id.
Street by Tek Soon's house
(phonetic?)
After the transfer of the Straits Settlements from the Government of British India to the administration of the Colonial Office in 1867.
Tye Sin Street(過港仔)四條路 si-tiau-lơ4th road (past the Prangin Ditch)n/a
Union StreetPolice後 po-le-auBehind the police stationAfter the Malayan Union in 1946.
Victoria Green Roadn/an/aAfter the Victoria Green, the grounds of Chinese Recreation Club which boast a statue of Queen Victoria, there.
Victoria Street海墘新路 hai-kiⁿ-sin-lơNew road by the waterfrontAfter Queen Victoria (reigned 1836-1901), Empress of India.
Waterfall Roadn/an/aAfter the waterfall in the neighbouring Penang Botanical Gardens
Weld Quay新海墘街 sin-hai-kiⁿ-keNew-waterfront streetAfter Sir Frederick Weld, Governor of the Straits Settlements (1880-1887)
Western Road紅毛新塚 ang-mơ-sin-thiong
平安巷 peng-an-hang id.
西方巷 sai-huaⁿ-hang id.
New European cemetery
Peace lane
Western lane
Self-describing.
Yahudi Roadn/an/aAfter the former Jewish inhabitants and the Jewish cemetery that is still there.
York Roadn/an/aAfter the city of York. Whimsically so called because it leads to Scotland Rd.


2 comments:

  1. A Note on the local Road Names:
    "Green Hall" was called "大葛巷"
    hokkien name: toa-kak-hang

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