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"Gurney Drive - Must See" Top 5 Page for this destination Persiaran Gurney & Hawker Center Tip by SLLiew


Gurney Drive (Pesiaran Gurney) is probably one of the most famous and popular tourist destination of locals and foreigners. It is about 1.5 kilometer and was called the "new Esplanade" to differentiate from the original "old" Esplanade.

Being a much longer stretch, Gurney Drive has eclipsed the Esplanade as the place to be at night for food or sea breeze.

You can walk along in the early morning and see joggers or seniors doing their taiqi dance.

There are many hotels, condominiums, food centers and a major popular shopping mall called "Gurney Plaza".

Previously, food stalls were allowed to operate along the stretch and you could sit along the sea wall and eat your favorite fare. However, the sea became a rubbish bin and so all the hawkers were grouped together at a hawker center at the northern part of Gurney Drive.

There used to be sand and waves and even turtles laying eggs. Those were the days. Due to land reclaim at Tanjong Tokong, it more of a mud flat most of the time but in the morning and at sunset, you can see the wonderful Kedah Peak and mainland across with ships and liners cruising by.

During New Year's eve and other festive occasions, many would gather at Gurney Plaza to walk along and enjoy the sea breeze and crowd. Only problem is that Gurney is so popular esspecially on weekends, it is always a challenge to find a place to park.

Address: Pulau Tikus area, Penang Island
Directions: Between Jalan Bagan Jermal & Jalan Pangkor
Phone: +604-264 3494/263 4941

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  • Written Jan 3, 2007
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