The 2.53-acre Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park is a rejuvenated and rehabilitated park serving as a green lung in the middle of Georgetown. Surrounded by trees, shrubs and bushes, the beautiful community park has significant historical value because of its location, canal and market hall.
What to Expect?
The park, completed in 2019, was the location of the former Sia Boey Market (the old building structure has been retained) and the Prangin Canal. It is located within the area surrounded by Prangin Road, Bridge Street and Maxwell Road.
Surrounded by trees, shrubs and bushes, the beautiful community park has significant historical value because of its location, canal and market hall.
History of the Park
In the early days of George Town, the area was known as “Sia Boey” to the Hokkiens and “Ujong Pasir” to the Malays — both of which means “end of the village” — owing to its location, which was at the southernmost end of the settlement.
Today, the Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park is open to the public, with a public square, landscaped with trees and a children's playground.
Canal Rehabilitation and Rejuvenation
As part of the rehabilitation and rejuvenation program of the canal, the Sia Boey site has been transform into the first Urban Archaeological Park in Malaysia.
The makeover project of Sia Boey, incorporating the archeological dimension, was undertaken by the Penang Development Corporation together with George Town World Heritage Incorporated on March, 2018.
The aim was to clean up and beautify the stretch of Prangin Canal, waters of the dirty monsoon drain was diverted to a new culver, running parallel to the exposed Prangin Canal.
The drain water passing through the Prangin Diversion goes through a bio-filtration system, using Japanese bio-remediation technology. The cleaned-up Prangin Canal is today turned into a pristine koi pond.
Quite often visitors can see schools of koi fishes lively swimming through the canal. There are connecting bridges between the canal that visitors can rest on to spectate the fishes.
The old market building of Sia Boey Market is also retianed for its historical value, where visitors can walk throuh and recall its glorious days in memories.
The park is well decorated with lanterns and lamps, that light up the park nicely in the night.
This park is also a great hangout spot for the locals after the dinner, to relax and wind down their day.
The centuries old giant trees are also well preserved in the park and around the area.
It is a popular site for both locals and visitors aside to enjoy and appreciate the greenaries in the city, as a fruition from the rehabilitation project.
Consider planning for a stop and a quick stroll at this small park the next time you are in Georgetown!
Complete playground facilities for the kids
Divertimentoin the last week
In Sia Boey's urban embrace,
Where history whispers through each space,
I wandered on an evening's grace,
Amidst the remnants of time's embrace.
Once a vibrant hub, bustling and grand,
Sia Boey stood as Penang's heart, hand in hand,
A market square where cultures entwined,
Trade and life's tapestry uniquely aligned.
Now, a haven for those seeking respite,
Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park, a delight,
Strolling amidst echoes of the past,
A tranquil escape from city's fast.
Ancient bricks and fragments worn,
Tell tales of eras since long gone,
As I sauntered beneath shaded trees,
Imagination danced with each gentle breeze.
The air hummed with a bygone tale,
Of merchants, artisans, a vibrant trail,
And in this moment, I could feel,
The whispers of history, surreal.
With each step, the park unveiled,
Layers of stories, carefully veiled,
A symphony of cultures interlaced,
In Sia Boey's memory, embraced.
As the evening sun began to wane,
A sense of wonder did remain,
For in Sia Boey's hallowed ground,
A legacy of the past I found.
So, dear friend, your evening walk,
In Sia Boey's embrace, let history talk,
Let the park's enchantment guide your way,
As you wander through its ancient display.
Kim Teoh2 months ago
An interesting place for locals to promote mostly handmade items for sale and also there's alot of foodstalls especially on cakes and cookies. Only open on Sat and Sun.
Chan Kar Fong4 months ago
Nice place to walk and last time i go is on afternoon and its hot, can go on night so cant be too hot. Cozy environment
Jing Yi8 months ago
Used to be one of the dirtiest river back then, but it has now transformed into a clean river, with crystal clear water, and even fishes can survive. Kudos to the local authorities and Penangites.
It's a small and leisure park, suitable for evening walks. Nice place. Worth visiting.
Parking can be difficult. But there's a private parking area right behind the park, and it costs RM3.
yxnx ro9 months ago
Its clean, playground is good for kids 5 years and above because the main slide is quite high and parents not allowed to enter. So for safety reason make sure your kids are capable to go up by themselves. View is much better at night with lights from the paper balloon.
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