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 • Chinese湖內
 • Hokkienòr lài
Skyline of Relau
Coordinates: 5°20′46.9932″N 100°16′21.2052″E / 5.346387000°N 100.272557000°E / 5.346387000; 100.272557000Coordinates: 5°20′46.9932″N 100°16′21.2052″E / 5.346387000°N 100.272557000°E / 5.346387000; 100.272557000
Country Malaysia
State Penang
DistrictNortheast Penang Island
CitySeal of George Town.svg George Town
 • Local governmentPenang Island City Council
 • Mayor of Penang IslandYew Tung Seang
 • Paya Terubong State AssemblymanYeoh Soon Hin (DAP)
 • Bukit Gelugor Member of ParliamentRamkarpal Singh (DAP)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)Not observed
Postal code

Relau is a residential neighbourhood located 9.9 km (6.2 mi) southwest of the centre of George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang.


Relau is believed to be named after charcoal kilns (Malay: relau) that had been built within the area.[1]


One of the major landmarks in Relau is the abandoned Chung Thye Phin Villa, which was formerly the summer residence of Chung Thye Phin, a local tycoon.[2] Chung, the fourth son of Chung Keng Quee, served as the last Chinese Kapitan of Perak and by the time of his passing in 1935, was said to be the wealthiest man on Penang Island.[3]

For much of its history, Relau was an agricultural area, until its eventual development into a housing estate in the 1980s.[1]


Paya Terubong Road, which links Relau with the Paya Terubong suburb to the north and the town of Balik Pulau to the west, serves as the main thoroughfare within the neighbourhood.[4]

Rapid Penang bus routes 301 and 306 include stops within Relau, thus connecting the neighbourhood with George Town proper, Queensbay Mall, and the Air Itam and Paya Terubong suburbs.[5][6]


There are two primary schools and an international school within the neighbourhood of Relau.

Primary schools

  • SRK Seri Relau[7]
  • SRJK (C) Min Sin[8]

International school


The Relau City Sports Complex, launched in 2017, is the first GBI-certified sports complex in Penang.[10] The 8,785 m2 (94,560 sq ft) sports complex is equipped with swimming and diving pools, badminton courts, a gymnasium and a dry gym, as well as bicycle parking bays.

Opened in 2003, the Relau Metropolitan Park is the second largest recreational park within Penang Island.[11] Managed by the Penang Island City Council, the park was launched to cater to residents within the southern part of the island, as there had been a lack of recreational amenities within the area in the past.[12]


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  2. ^ "Penang Heritage Trust". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ The Straits Times, 31 March 1935, Page 1, National Library of Singapore microfilm reel NL2360
  4. ^ "Jalan Paya Terubong under purview of Federal Govt". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
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  7. ^ "SK SERI RELAU - PULAU PINANG - Carian Sekolah Malaysia". (in Malay). Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  8. ^ "SJK (C) MIN SIN 槟城明新学校". SJK (C) MIN SIN 槟城明新学校. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Fairview Penang". Fairview International School. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  10. ^ "Boosting the talent pool - Metro News | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  11. ^ "Taman Awam Metropolitan Relau". Time Out Penang. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  12. ^ "Park with lots to offer - Metro News | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-01-06.