Jelutong is a suburb in the city of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It is located south of the Pinang River, and has been inhabited since the early 18th century by traders from Aceh and India who settled in the area. The name "Jelutong" was derived from the jelutong species of trees, which was said to be abundantly growing in the area during the earlier times. Jelutong is easily accessible to many renowned cities and towns around Penang. Transportation in the suburb is readily available and convenient. Many industries thrive in the area now, as commercial establishments begin to rise. But despite this, traditional forms of livelihood like fishing and charcoal making are still practiced by some locals.
1. Nicol David International Squash Centre In Jelutong is found the iconic Nicol David International Squash Center. This building was formerly called the Bukit Dumbar Sports Centre, but was renamed as a dedication to the top international squash player Nicol David, because it was in this stadium that she was first trained at a young age. Nicol Ann David is a famous Malaysian squash player, who has won numerous awards and brought pride to her country. Currently, she is ranked as the 6th best squash player in the world. She won the World Open Title 8 times, and the British Open Title 5 times. She is the first squash player who has ever won the World Junior title twice, and the only female squash player to achieve this much in her career. Overall, Nicol David is considered the greatest female squash player of all time, and because of this, the Sports Centre in Jelutong was renamed and remodeled in dedication of her.
2. History of Jelutong The origin of Jelutong can be traced way back to the 1700s, even before the arrival of Captain Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang and the State's capital city, George Town. It was said to be founded by traders from India and Aceh, a province of Indonesia. These merchants settled in the area now known as Jelutong and established resting places and villages. Later on, the agricultural area was cleared and factories started to be built. But fishing communities and charcoal makers were still prominent despite industrialization of the suburb. In the 1980s, urbanization flourished in Jelatong, which led to higher standards of living. And up until today, developments and modernization efforts continue.
3. A Thriving Coastal Village Until just recently, Jelutong was rather traditional and simple. Old Jelutong was not very famous to tourists and visitors, and was known only as a coastal village. But the Jelutong of today is different from what it was. Today, it is known as a thriving coastal village. This is because many developments and modernization efforts are flourishing in the area. The modern houses are now replaced by high rise buildings and commercial establishments. This development is unlocking the full potential of the coastal village to become a rampant tourist destination and economic growth contributor.
Jelutong Tourist Spots
1. Taiping Lake Gardens Taiping Lake Gardens is one of the old tourist destinations in Jelutong. It was established way back during the British rule in Malaysia. But the public garden has gained a lot of popularity because of its lush greeneries and relaxing environment. The scenery in the garden is nothing short of amazing, with all its flora and fauna, and natural resources. There are many sites, lakes, and ponds, worthy of exploring and seeing around the area. It's the perfect place for family bonding or a romantic walk. The garden is big enough for recreational activities like walking, jogging, biking, and more. This is one of the most beautiful and stunning destinations in Jelutong that would make for picture perfect memories. Taiping is known as the "rainy town," because of frequent rainfall around the area. But tourists say that the rain is never a hindrance in witnessing the beauty of the lake gardens.
2. Perak State Museum As one of the most historical places in Penang, Jelutong houses the oldest museum in Malaysia, the Perak State Museum. It is home of the most important relics in the country, and tells the amazing stories of Malaysia's past and how it got to where it is today. While the interior is filled with interesting historical stories and informative learning, the exterior is also very interesting. The architectural form and design of the building is quite stunning, having grand, charming designs that contribute to the feel of the surroundings. It's the perfect place to visit for tourists who are after some fun and learning. There are many stories to hear and many interesting things to learn in the Perak State Museum, which houses very important relics and artifacts of Malaysia's past.
3. Zoo Taiping The setting in Zoo Taiping is unlike any other zoo. Here, you will really feel as if you are exploring the jungle and all its flora, fauna, and wildlife. It houses over 180 unique species, some of which are rare to Penang. It is considered as one of the major zoological parks in Malaysia, and also the home of the largest number of stump-tailed macaques in the country. The fun doesn't end when the sun goes down. The Zoo Taiping has a night safari which shows the animals at their natural nocturnal habitat. Some animals that are most interesting to see here at night are the bats and porcupines. It's the only zoo in Northern Malaysia and it doesn't disappoint. You're sure to get an amazing experience here in Zoo Taiping.