The Church Street Pier, Penang

The Church Street Pier is a heritage pier on the George Town waterfront. For many years it was a run-down, abandoned pier, but recently it was refurbished.

Built in 1897, the Church Street Pier hails from a more romantic era when the Penang Channel was a much busier waterway. You can stand on the pier and imagine the waterfront choked full with sampans, perahus, junks, steamships and cruise vessels of varying sizes. Today the scene at the harbour would seem more orderly and perhaps less picturesque.

Before the construction of the present ferry terminal, the Church Street Pier was used by motorcars. After that, it was used by small boats, before eventually closing down, a fate shared by other similar jetties that used to line the waterfront. Among the jetties that are now history include the Federated Malay States Railway Jetty at China Street Ghaut and the Victoria Pier at Downing Street.

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