Moulmein in Malaysia and Singapore is now Mawlamyine in Myanmar

Mawlamyine third largest city in Myanmar was formerly known as Moulmein.
Lengkok Moulmein is in Penang Malaysia.
Now there is a 27-storey commercial project in Lengkok Moulmein, Penang Malaysia.
Residents angry over ‘Moulmein Rise’ (in Penang Malaysia)
By WINNIE YEOH read in StarOnline

Moulmein Road (@ Singapore) is in Novena, a busy district near Singapore’s Central Business District. At the centre of Novena is Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Malaysia and especially Singapore have PRESERVED the Burmese names but Burma had moved on to Myanmar and changed those names.But luckily, my native town or city, Maldalay is still Mandalay in Myanmar.So Mandalay road in Singapore and “Road to Mandalay by Kipling. [Kipling’s text was adapted for the song “On the Road to Mandalay” by Oley Speaks (among others). The song was popularised by Peter Dawson. It appears in the album Come Fly with Me by Frank Sinatra.]

By the way, in Singapore there is a host of roads named after Burma (Myanmar) cities, towns and landmarks can be found near the  Moulmein Flyover of CTE. On one side there are the Rangoon (capital of Burma 1948-2006) Road and Mergui (Burma’s Mergui Archipelago) Road. On the other side lie Akyab (Burmese city) Road, Ava (capital 1364-1841) Road, Bassein (city) Road, Bhamo  (city) Road, Irrawaddy (Burmese river) Road,  Mandalay (capital 1860-1885) Road, Martaban (Burmese town) Road, Minbu (city) Road, Pegu (city) Road, Prome (town) Road and Shan (Burmese ethic group) Road.

Moulmein Road and Moulmein Flyover

Rangoon Road (Serangoon area…Se = one in Malay, so it is one Rangoon)

Mergui Road.

Bassein  Road,

Bhamo  Road,

Irrawaddy Road,

Mandalay Road,

Martaban Road,

Minbu Road,

Pegu Road,

Prome Road

and Shan Road.

There is Jalan U Thant in Kuala Lumpur but as Jalan meant road in Malay it is U Thant Road.

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Source: Burmah Road, George Town, Penang

Burmah Road plaque (12 November 2008)
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Burmah Road, George Town, with Komtar in the background (22 May, 2011)
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Burmah Road or Jalan Burma is one of the major roads in George Town. This long road begins at the junction with Penang Road, and runs in a northwesterly direction out of town, ending at the junction with Gottlieb Road, Bagan Jermal Road and Mount Erskine Road. The traffic dispersal system of George Town requires that Burmah Road has three sets of traffic flow: from Penang Road to Pangkor Road junction, it flows east to west; from Perak Road junction to Pangkor Road junction, it flow the opposite direction; and from Perak Road to the end of Burmah Road, it flows two ways.

Burmah Road (12 November 2008)
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Burmah Road was named after the Burmese settlement that existed in Pulau Tikus district, of which stands the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple as the lasting reminder of their presence. That, and the existence of other Burmese-inspired road names in the vicinity, including Salween Road, Moulmein Close, Rangoon Road, Mandalay Road and Irrawaddi Road, to name some.

Among the locals, Burmah Road was called Jalan Kreta Ayer in Malay, or Chia Chooi Lor in Hokkien. Both means the same thing – “Water Cart Road”. The name refers to an essential earlier-century activity that may appear totally alien to a 21st century piped-water world. Before piped water became an expected part of life, fresh water had to be carried – on ox-carts, and often, on shoulders – from waterfalls and springs, to awaiting buyers in town. Burmah Road was the route taken by these water bearers, and that route became known by that essential task. Is this aspect, it is similar to Kreta Ayer Road in Singapore.

Burmah Road in front of Loke Thye Kee at night (2 November, 2012)
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Like many of the major roads in Penang, Burmah Road began as a rural road. Although it is today urban and gentrified from end to end, in the beginning Burmah Road was a country road that led through various ethnic villages in its progress towards the hills. For over half a century of its initial existence, Burmah Road passed through a rural landscape with kampung houses on both sides, and an open sky above. The tall roadside trees that provide shade along much of Burmah Road today were not planted until the third quarter of the 19th century. Their addition to the street not only provides shade, they transform it into a verdant urban street.

Burmah Road should be spelled with a “h”; it’s one of the quarky idiosyncracies accompanying British transliteration of foreign names before there was any form of standardisation. The city end of Burmah Road begin at a point where, up till the turn of the 20th century, there was a plank bridge across the Prangin Canal. The canal is still around, albeit buried under the ground, emerging only at Sia Boey. It used to continue all the way to Transfer Road, where it connects to another ditch that leads out into North Beach, where Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah is located today, effectively creating an island out of George Town. The plank bridge is remembered in the name of Masjid Titi Papan located in the vicinity.

Loke Thye Kee Restaurant, today a forlorn structure, stands at the junction of Burmah Road and Penang Road.

Burmah Road in the evening (9 December 2008)
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As we go down Burmah Road, we pass sights in rapid succession. The Kuan Yin See, one of the biggest temples associated with the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is on a busy section of Burmah Road. At the junction of Anson Road, we find Penang Plaza, one of the earliest shopping malls in Penang, with Wesley Methodist Church across the road. Farther down the road, two more churches appear, the Adventist Church and Gospel Hall. Toward the junction with Pangkor Road, we the CRC at Victoria Green, with the Statue of Queen Victoria.

Beyond the Pangkor Road junction, Burmah Road enters what was the start of the Burmese-Siamese settlement. Thai and Burmese temples are tucked away off the main road, including Wat Buppharam in Perak Road, Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and the Dhammikarama at Burmah Lane.

A row of well-preserved Straits Eclectic townhouses along Burmah Road (30 November, 2008)
© Timothy Tye using this photo

The junction of Burmah Road and Cantonment Road marks the heart of Pulau Tikus district. The final section of Burmah Road, from Cantonment Road to Gottlieb Road, was traditionally a Eurasian settlement – called Kampung Serani – their presence is most conspicuously represented by the Church of Immaculate Conception, as well as such road names as Leandro’s Lane.

In Other Words …

Burmah Road was also known as Jalan Kreta Ayer in Malay, meaning “Water Cart Road”. This is reflected in its name in Hokkien, Chia3 Chooi1 Lor3

Burmah Road sign (12 November 2008)
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Getting there

Rapid Penang Bus 10, 11, 101, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206 and 304 ply Burmah Road.

Old Burmah Road sign (30 November 2008)
© Timothy Tye using this photo

Sights along Burmah Road

  1. 1926 Heritage Hotel
  2. Burmah Road Gospel Hall
  3. Chinese Recreation Club
  4. Church of Immaculate Conception
  5. Loke Thye Kee
  6. Kuan Yin See
  7. New World Park
  8. Saw Khaw Lean Heah Kongsi
  9. Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  10. Wesley Methodist Church
  11. Penang Adventist Church
  12. Poh Oo Toong Temple
  13. Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple
  14. Queen Victoria Memorial Statue
  15. San Huah Tang

Properties along Burmah Road

  1. Burmah Road Flats

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