When Brick Bridges were First Built to Ayer Itam…

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It seems very little is written about the history of a key location like Ayer Itam (I take the liberty of using the old spelling here). And since Penang Monthly is running some articles about the village in this issue, I decided to seek out some writing on it to satisfy my nostalgia, and for your reading pleasure. 

“AYER ITAM, an important place, is situated at the junction of the hill roads leading to BALEK PULAU and RELAU. It is the terminus of the Penang Tramway and is noted for its large cocoanut and fruit plantations. There are extensive nutmeg and clove plantations on the Hills, also a Reservoir. The Chinese Temple here is one of Penang’s chief attractions for sightseers.” 


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