State plans to turn Sia Boey into a heritage square with a Victorian feel


Rosy days ahead: The abandoned old Prangin market in George Town, Penang, will be turned into a tourist attraction.

Plans are afoot to turn the old Prangin market vicinity into a heritage square with an urban park.

Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said a Victorian market concept would be used to give the place, fondly referred to as Sia Boey, a new look and feel.

“It will be in tune with George Town’s world heritage status. We have no plans to tear down the old buildings. The buildings will be refurbished and used as a creative art centre.”

He said the plan also includes landscaping, setting up gazebos to house art showcases with food and beverage outlets lining the waterway.

Thinking big: Wei Aik (left) and Penang municipal councillor Tan Kim Hooi checking out the vacant market.
Thinking big: Wei Aik (left) and Penang municipal councillor Tan Kim Hooi checking out the vacant market.

“It is time to make changes. The plan will ensure that the land can be enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike,” he told a press conference yester-day.

He said the area would be sealed off in March to facilitate construction with works scheduled for completion in about three or more years.

Located within the heart of George Town, the market has been vacant since 2004 and was until lately, a car park.

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