Penang Road


Penang Road begins as an offshoot from Orchard Road and ends at the junction of Somerset Road and Killiney Road. Named after a city in the Northeast of Peninsular Malaysia, the road is the location of several buildings of historical value. Significant among them are the Park Mall, Singapore Shopping Centre and the House of Tan Yeok Nee.

The road was constructed and named in 1906. It served traffic moving from Tank Road to the railway bridge at Fort Canning Road. Situated near Orchard Road, this road is a part of the commercial and shopping hub of Singapore. The road runs behind the Istana Park and is connected to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station through an underpass.

Key Features
The House of Tan Yeok Nee, at the junction of Clemenceau Avenue and Penang Road, is a heritage building which currently serves as the location of the Asian campus for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. The Cockpit Hotel Building, built in 1972, was razed down in 2002 to make way for a commercial cum residential project.

Other notable landmarks situated on this road are the Bee Hwa Court, Winsland House, Regency House and the Oxley House. Bee Hwa court is situated at the junction of Oxley Road and Penang Road. Winsland House, made of two buildings designated as Winsland House I and II, is a commercial property rented out to various enterprises. Oxley house, occupied by the Dubliner Irish Pub, is a pair of two-storey semi-detached houses. It won the 2002 heritage award for preserving its original shophouse features.

Park Mall, a shopping and commercial centre was earlier called the Supreme House, a 13-storey building built in 1971. Park Mall is connected to Fort Canning by an underpass. Singapore shopping centre was originally the premises of Metro Toyland and Bargain Centre until 1975. They were demolished to make way for the Singapore Shopping Centre built in 1979.

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja

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Ho, K. (2002, July 20). Live-in history; a practical yet tasteful merging of the new and old helped two types of period house win heritage awards. The Straits Times, Life!

Lee, J. (1999, January 26). Top US school to open here. The Straits Times, Home, p. 27.

Further Readings
Rashiwala, K. (1996, August 14). Hotelier to sell Penang Road property. The Straits Times, Money, p. 38.

A walk back through time (1992, November 8). The Straits Times, Home, p. 22. 

List of Images
Getforme - Singapore on the Web. (1999-2004). Exploring Singapore. Retrieved March 18, 2003, from

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