Balik Pulau

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Balik Pulau
浮罗山背
Town
Main street of Balik Pulau
Main street of Balik Pulau
Balik Pulau is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Balik Pulau
Balik Pulau
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Balik Pulau is located in Malaysia
Balik Pulau
Balik Pulau
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°21′0″N 100°14′0″E / 5.35000°N 100.23333°E / 5.35000; 100.23333
Country Malaysia
State Penang
District South-West Penang Island
Government
 • Local Government Penang Island City Council (MBPP)
 • Penang Island City Mayor Dato' Patahiyah binti Ismail
 • Balik Pulau Member of Parliament Hilmi bin Yahya (UMNO)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postal code 11000
International dialling code prefix +6048 (landline only)
Website http://www.mbpp.gov.my

Balik Pulau (literally meaning back of the island) is a town in Penang, Malaysia. Durians and other kinds of fruits are cultivated there. Balik Pulau is famous for its durians which include the 'ang heh' (red prawns) and 'holo' (gourd like) variety. The area was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Balik Pulau is the seat of South-West Penang Island district. The town is also one of the thirteen parliamentary constituencies in Penang, possibly the largest in land size, stretching about half of Penang Island, from Batu Feringhi (famous for modern resorts and beaches) at its north to Teluk Kumbar (traditionally a fishing village but now a booming town close to Bayan Lepas) at its south. The town centre of Balik Pulau, which is the location of the junction of Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Balik Pulau and Jalan Tun Sardon, is also known by locals as 'Kongsi'.

Besides great food and breathtaking sightings (from the three major roads connecting the town to other parts of the island), Balik Pulau is also home to several pristine beach such as Pantai Pasir Panjang, Pantai Malindo and Pantai Kerechut, which are rather clean and normally quiet beaches. Pantai Pasir Panjang which is located near the tiny Pulau Betong island, had suffered the terrible tsunami that happened in 2004. Balik Pulau is also the location of two National Service Training Camps, namely the White Resort Camp and Sri Mutiara Camp.

Balik Pulau market

Public Infrastructures[edit]

  • Hospital Balik Pulau
  • Balik Pulau Branch Library
  • South-west Penang Island Police headquarters
  • Fire station
  • Post office
  • TNB power station
  • TM telecommunications station
  • PBA water authority office
  • Balik Pulau Majistrate Court
  • Islamic Syariah court
  • Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN)
  • Bus station
  • Balik Pulau Wet Market Complex and Food Court
  • Broadband Internet connectivity is available from TM Net (DSL), and all major mobile providers (3G and GPRS Edge).

Businesses[edit]

  • AmBank
  • Maybank
  • CIMB
  • RHB Bank
  • Hong Leong Bank)
  • Restoran Kalik, Indian-Muslim Nasi Kandar outlets operating around the clock (24x7: one at Kongsi (Bharvin), one at Taman Indah (Habeeb Mohamed) and another (Bharvin) at Simpang Empat)
  • Two 24-hour convenience stores (7-Eleven)
  • Petrol stations (two Petronas and one Shell)

Educational Institutions[edit]

Primary Schools[edit]

  • SK Saint George
  • SK Kongsi
  • SK Balik Pulau
  • SK Genting
  • SK Pulau Betong

Secondary Schools[edit]

  • Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Balik Pulau
  • SMK Seri Balik Pulau
  • SMK St. George
  • SMJK (C ) Sacred Heart

International School[edit]

Prince of Wales Island International School

Tertiary Institutions[edit]

  • Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM)
  • Kolej Teknologi Pulau (KTP)
  • Politeknik Balik Pulau, opened in November 2013 located at Pinang Nirai near to Kompleks Sukan Balik Pulau.
  • Tourism University, being developed near the western coast of Pantai Acheh.

Local Attractions[edit]

  • Audi Dream Farm

Animal and vegetable farm in Sungai Rusa open to visitors.

  • Balik Pulau Roundabout

A local landmark in Balik Pulau town with a water fountain at the junction of Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Balik Pulau and Jalan Tun Sardon.

  • Bao Sheng Durian Farm

Durian plantation located near Titi Kerawang waterfall between Balik Pulau and Teluk Bahang.

  • Bukit Genting Leisure Park & Restaurant

Thai restaurant with panoramic view of Balik Pulau from the hilltop.

  • Countryside Stables Penang

Horse and pony stable with pony rides for the family

  • Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

Colonial-style Catholic Church built in 1854 in Balik Pulau town.

  • Ghee Hup Nutmeg Factory
  • Hakka Village Balik Pulau

A cultural village showcasing Hakka culture being developed in Kampung Pulau Betong.

  • Happy Goat Farm

Goat farm in Permatang Pasir, Balik Pulau which produces various dairy products such as goat milk, cheese and yoghurt.

  • Pantai Kerachut

Secluded beach located within the Penang National Park.

  • Pantai Malindo

A quiet beach located at the estuary of Kuala Sungai Burong.

  • Pantai Pasir Panjang

A remote beach located near Pulau Betong which is rather clean, pristine and tranquil.

  • Saanen Dairy Goat Farm

A goat farm in Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau.

  • Titi Kerawang Waterfall
  • Tropical Fruit Farm

Famous Cuisine[edit]

  • Cendol Simpang Empat owned by Haji Rahman from Pondok Upeh
  • The Famous "ANG HE" Durians
  • Laksa Janggus
  • Various 'brands' of Balik Pulau's Durians
  • Azlan Tomyam
  • Restoran Kalik,ancient recipe Nasi Kandar
  • Barvin 24 hours Restaurant
  • Assam Laksa
  • White Nutmeg drink
  • Nasi Kandar Kasim Mustaffa
  • Noorshah Network Enterprise
  • Prawn & Crab Noodles
  • Flat Hijau Taman Desa Genting

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 5°21′N 100°14′E / 5.350°N 100.233°E / 5.350; 100.233