Acheen Street | Armenian Street Heritage Enclave Penang
Acheen Street and Armenian Street heritage enclave was one of the earliest Malay settlements in George Town. In the early years, traders from Arab, India and the Malay Archipelago used to trade in spices here.
It was also the centre of Islamic studies.
The Spice Trail
In the 1970s, the spice trail of Acheen Street and Armenian Street was a popular haunt for old or cheap second-hand items. There is a vacant lot where the space evening flea market traded with gusto.
Today the site it is turned into a pretty pocket park. There is a basketball court adjacent to it.
After the repeal of the rent control act, the derelict pre-war houses are put on the market and sold. The new owners have refurbished these into homestays and popular restaurants and cafes.
It is no longer dodgy to walk the streets at night. The area is now brightly lit and is pedestrian friendly. Over the weekends, the entire enclave of connecting streets is walkable is chockful of happy tourist.
An interesting point is when you approach Acheen Street mosque, where the road forks. When I turn left turn, I head to Beach Street. I decided to take a right where it leads to a quiet respite far from the maddening crowds and heads toward Carnarvon Street, Penang.
Armenian Park is a minimalistic community park. It is located at the corner of Acheen/ Armenian Street. As part of the local initiative for green network planning in urban areas, the disused vacant lot is transformed from an active flea market.
The works began at the end of 2015 and included resurfacing the ground with ‘porous concrete’. Part of the project included the upgrading of an adjacent back lane into a herb garden for the public to view. Opening up the back lane provides a safe alternative access for the public and residents to use.
Armenian Park provides a safe, clean and healthy environment for the community to interact. This 1,600sq m park green lung is a space for the community to enjoy. The overall works include restructuring utilities, landscaping, pedestrian walkways, and lighting fixtures.
The participation from the local community keeps the park clean and prevent vandalism.
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