About Seberang Jaya
Seberang Jaya was a town whose purpose was to house those who work in the adjacent industrial towns. Located on the southern bank of the Perai River and east of Perai, the township was built in the 1970s by the Penang Development Corporation along with Perai Industrial Estate. The town has only two primary schools, two high schools, and one institution for tertiary education. Seberang Jaya is home to the State of Penang's main public library, the Penang State Library.
The Charm of Seberang Jaya
1. Relax and Unwind Samsara Spa is located in the Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences and The Light Hotel in Seberang Jaya, Penang. While going out and about in the city to look at tourist spots is great, a nice, long, bath or massage is best after a tiring day. The spa is inspired by Balinese decor and design, which is very calming and rustic. With prints and wooden accents, it is sure to get you in the mood. Whether you go alone, with a partner, or with your whole family, the Samsara Spa can surely accommodate you all. It is spacious and tranquil, very conducive for your foot massages, manicures and pedicures. Aside from typical body massages, there are other treatments that they offer such as: increasing flexibility, increasing blood flow, removing dead skin, relieving migraines, etc. They have a delectable selection of scrubs as well like, coffee, chocolate, sea salt and even green tea.
2. Must-eat spot in Seberang Jaya Medan Selera Seberang Jaya is a hawker center in Seberang Jaya. Hawker stalls are those whose food are sold in street or push carts. A hawker center is a collection of those, and is akin to a food court but in an informal or street setting. They may offer different types or particular cuisines. One of the must try stalls here is Nasi Ayam, offering Malay food. An interesting thing to note is that people will usually need to get a table first, order their food, then when they’re done, a sheet of paper with the “bill” is presented to be paid, unlike traditional food stalls where you pay as you order.
3. Improving its healthcare Because of its nature as a housing or residential town, hospitals are currently being improved and added in Seberang Jaya. As of 2018, the project of upgrading the Seberang Jaya Hospital is expected to be finished by 2021. The current hospital cannot continue to accommodate the increase in the number of patients and they have to anticipate the need for those who are not locals that would also be in need of medical assistance. Because of the expansion and addition, there is also the question of parking areas. They are discussing the possibility of a multi-story car park for this. The building of these new hospitals will also decongest existing hospitals and help medical staff in addressing the concerns of patients more efficiently.
Seberang Jaya Tourist Spots
1. Penang Bird Park The Penang Bird Park is the first and largest bird park in Malaysia. It was built in 1988 and is home to different species of birds. It houses more than 300 species from all over the world, and more than 150 of them are indigenous to Malaysia. The Bird Park consists of 2 Geodesic Domes and 2 giant walk-in aviaries. Although its main attractions are the flying creatures, because of its layout, it also has different kinds of flora. Birds are not the only animals that are here. Numerous exotic animals may be viewed by the audience such as pythons, giant fish, crocodiles and tortoises. They even have the smallest species of deer which is the Mouse Deer.
2. Sunway Carnival Mall What’s a trip without some shopping? Go to Sunway Carnival Mall. It is a four-storey shopping mall in Seberang Jaya, Penang. It is one of the biggest malls in the district and cost about RM 156,000,000 to make. As of 2018, it underwent a RM500,000,000 renovation and expansion which will be finished by 2020. It consists of different major retailers such as Nike, The Body Shop, and FOS. A variety of food outlets are also present like, Nando's, Pizza Hut, Kenny Roger's Roasters, Starbucks, and KFC, to name a few. Other malls you can go to are: Pacific Megamall, Carrefour, Tesco Extra, and AEON Seberang Penai City
3. Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple The Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple of Seberang Jaya is a South Indian Hindu temple known to have the largest rajagopuram or main sculpture tower in Malaysia. It is at a height of 72 feet (22 m). The entrance to the rajagopuram, 21 ft (6.4 m) tall and 11 ft (3.4 m) wide, is also the largest in Malaysia. The Temple of Arulmigu Karumariamman, like many Hindu temples in Malaysia, had its humble origin over a hundred years ago as an estate temple that catered to the needs of the peasants living in the Paduma Estate in Perai. Work on the new temple started in 1996. On 16 February 1997, Dato Seri S. Samy Velu, Minister of Works, laid the foundation stone of the temple. The temple was built at a price of RM2.3 million and devoted to the Hindu goddess Arulmigu Karumariamman, the maternal deity of rural South Indians.