Hong Seng Estate: The Urban Kampung by the Hill

By Eugene Quah

May 2022 FEATURE
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The road to the Estate with a stone bridge over a small stream and the ancestral hall can be seen in an 1893 map that predates the village. The built-up area is approximately the size of 16 football fields. Composite photo was created by Eugene Quah from drone footage courtesy of Eddy De Vosse. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUUdQcmJnUE-Ro92UMUwawA
JALAN MOUNT ERSKINE, the busy thoroughfare beyond the western-most end of Jalan Burmah, cuts through vast tracks of Chinese cemeteries and links together the suburbs of Pulau Tikus and Tanjung Bungah. North of this stretch of road, just before the Bagan Jermal River, is a cross junction with a signboard by a byroad to the left, welcoming visitors to Hong Seng Estate, and in an array of languages.Hong Seng Estate, perched on the slopes of a rather unremarkable-looking hill, was...

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Eugene Quah

is an independent researcher who is working on a book about Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong. He rediscovered the joys of writing after moving back to Penang from abroad while on a hiatus from designing software.