Jalan Raja Uda
Of divine Emperors, Jade tapestries and Dragon's beard candy
Jalan Raja Uda is veritably the Chinatown of Butterworth. Among its biggest displays is the spectacular stringing of 10,000 silk lanterns over the entire artery in conjunction with Chinese New Year celebrations every year. The red lanterns, all custom-made in the city of Tianjin in China, are suspended in a picturesque manner across the 3.5km long road like a never-ending canopy for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Guan Yin Ting Dou Mu Gong Temple
A marvellous blend of aesthetics and mythology from ancient China
Flaunting vibrant and scintillating traditional architecture, this new major religious landmark constructed in 2015 is also remarkable in that it features two main divine maternal deities – the Guan Yin Ting (Goddess Kuan Yin) and the Dou Mu Gong (Goddess Tou Mu Kung).
Leng Eng Seah Temple
Heirloom from early Chinese pioneers of 150 years ago
Believed to be established in 1846, this is probably the oldest temple in the Raja Uda area, and certainly one of the oldest in the whole of Penang. The temple is smaller and inconspicuous compared to its neighbour, the grand and famous Tow Boo Kong Temple.
Datok Kong Teng Sin Hooi Temple
Unique celebration in memory of a religious mystic
Not particularly known to the outside world, this enigmatic temple is ensconced off Jalan Ong Yi How, along a hidden and little known road of Jalan Sena 1. It features nine main deities, with the principal one being Datuk Tua, a saintly sage who is believed to have resided in the area in the distant past. It is also known as the 315 Temple as there is a major celebration here on the fifteenth day of the third month of the lunar calendar – in conjunction with the birthday of Datuk Tua.
A historic Buddhist sanctuary gifted by the Siamese of Butterworth
Located in Sungai Puyu, north of the Raja Uda area, this tranquil and idyllic Siamese temple is nestled amid a lush and peaceful setting, away from the bustle of Butterworth town.
It was built prior to the Second World War by the Siamese community that once thrived here. Today it is among a handful of other Siamese religious temples and monasteries in the state of Penang, including others in Penanti and Bukit Mertajam on the mainland, and at Burma Road on the island. These were the places where there were important Siamese settlements that have now either dwindled or disappeared.
Cafes, restaurants, markets places and hawker stalls
Potpourri of delicacies, pub grubs and more, all in one single thoroughfare
While Penang island is better known as a food paradise among tourists and local Malaysians alike, the exciting and spectacular gastronomic fare along the 3.5km stretch of Jalan Raja Uda has been a secret hitherto known and appreciated only by Butterworth folks. The diversity of mostly Chinese and western choices available here makes it among the most alluring food destinations in the northern region. These include an array of vegetarian cuisine due to the presents of prominent Toaist and Buddhist temples in the area.