Tanjung Bungah is located at the north east of Penang Island, between Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Tokong. A suburb that stretches from the hills to the coast, Tanjung Bungah translates to “Cape of Flowers”. With a sizeable expatriate population, there are a number of international schools and hospitality services within the area.
Map 1: Area of Tanjung Bungah
Source: Penang Geographic Information System (PeGIS).
Note: The area of Tanjung Bungah suburb is based on the postcode of 11200.
According to the Population Distribution by Local Authority Areas and Mukim published by the Department of Statistics,1
Tanjung Bungah has a total of 17,117 residents, comprising about 3.3% of the total population in the north-east district of the island.
About 72% of the population in Tanjung Bungah was of Chinese ethnicity (Figure 1). Female residents slightly outnumbered their male cohorts by 1% (Figure 2). In terms of age group, adults aged between 40-59 years old formed the largest share of the total population in Tanjung Bungah (30.2%), followed closely by young adults between 20-39 years old (27.4%) and those below 19 years old (Figure 3). This indicates that this area has a relatively younger population.
A total of 6,434 living quarters were reported in 2010, with an average of about 3.4 persons per household. The number of living quarters recorded was larger than the total households (4,989) in Tanjung Bungah. Interestingly, this shows that a household may own more than one living quarter – and not necessarily by residents in the area.
1 The latest data made available at sub-district and local authority areas is from 2010.
Due to the lack of data available, the boundary of the Tanjung Bungah suburb primarily follows the postcode 11200. The township of Tanjung Bungah boasts a number of local and international schools. In total, there are 11 educational institutions: the Penang branch of prominent local public higher learning institution Tunku Abdul Rahman University College; four international schools with UK and US curriculums; three primary schools, SJK(C) Poay Wah, SK Tanjung Bungah and SJK(C) Hun Bin; a secondary school, SMK Tanjung Bungah; a special education national school, SMK Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan; and a Royal Malaysian Air Force training school.
The Penang Swimming Club and Chinese Swimming Club are among the earliest clubs established in Penang. Both clubs are situated along Jalan Tanjung Bungah.
With reference to hospitality services, the vicinity of Tanjung Bungah has about 21 hotels, serviced apartments and homestays. These include Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, Flamingo, New Hope Inn, Four Points by Sheraton Penang and Hotel Sentral Seaview, to name a few.
Within the neighbourhood of Tanjung Bungah, there are seven places of worship. The Floating Mosque is a point of interest and landmark for sightseeing. Others include Heong Sun See Temple, Petra Baptist Church, Sri Vazhikattum Muniswarar Temple and Mount Erskine Guan Yin Si.
There are also two banks, a police station, a public health clinic, a post office, a wet market and food complex, and two petrol stations.