After discovering Gems of Seberang Perai Utara,
it would be surprising if you don’t continue with the middle bit of Penang’s
mainland. Why? Simply because there are marked differences between these two.
For instance, while Malay food of ikan bakar or grilled fish accompanied by
curries, vegetables, other proteins displayed in a dizzying amount of choices
and mee rebus are popular and almost ubiquitous in the northern area, Chinese
food dominates the food scene in the middle area of mainland. The food compass
also reflects the community that is dominant in each area which in turn
influences its architecture, ambience and development.
Bukit Mertajam is the main town in Seberang Perai Tengah and it’s also where the administration centre of Seberang Perai is located in a very large building – an indication of how space is a luxury the mainland can afford unlike the island side. Straddling the north and middle areas is the Jalan Raja Uda stretch where cafes, restaurants and Chinese hawker stalls are mainly found. This stretch of road is also known as Chinatown of Seberang Perai. (Rapid Penang bus no. 604)
Multi level malls such as Sunway Carnival Mall and Megamall Pinang can satisfy your shopping needs of popular clothing brands as well as being the commercial areas of SPT.
Two Big Cultural Hot Spots of Seberang
There are two spots in Seberang Perai that are celebrated annually by those of the Christian faith and another by the Buddhist faith – St. Anne’s Day (24 July 2015) and the Nine Emperor Gods Festival (21 Oct 2015).
St. Anne’s Church: On an immense piece of land sit the main church with its extension buildings and the original chapel built in the 1800s on top of a small hill. It’s located on Jalan Kulim in Bukit Mertajam.
Nine Emperor Gods Temple: Also known as Tow Boo Kong temple is on Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth. Impressive with a glorious archway and intricately carved ornamental roof and pillars, this temple is one of the largest on the mainland.