Ngah Aboo Lane, George Town, Penang

Ngah Aboo Lane, George Town

Ngah Aboo Lane is a very short no-through lane within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site. It branches out of Kimberley Street and comes to a dead end at the rear of the Central Police Station.

Named after an anti-Dutch nationalist from Acheh, the western side of Ngah Aboo Lane is now occupied by a Chinese prayer paraphernalia maker. A koay teow thng stall at the junction with Kimberley Street also attracts a fairly large number of locals.

Ngah Aboo Lane sign, George Town, Penang

A bilingual Ngah Aboo Lane sign


Ngah Aboo Lane was named after Ngah Aboo, a rich merchant and anti-Dutch nationalist who hailed from Acheh, Sumatra. He found wealth through the pepper trade at the time, which financed the plan hatched by him and seven fellow nationalists in 1874 to smuggle arms to Acheh. 15,000 weapons and 5,000 crates of bullets were to be shipped to the Acheh nationalists fighting the Dutch in the Acheh War.

However, the British authorities in Singapore eventually intercepted the consignment, leading to an arms embargo on Acheh.


Ngah Aboo Lane has been in existence since at least the early 20th. century.

To this day, Bee Chin Heong, a Chinese prayer paraphernalia maker, still occupies the western side of the lane, including the shophouses facing Kimberley Street and a warehouse facing the lane itself.


*All prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM).

The koay teow thng stall at the junction with Kimberley Street comes highly recommended, due to the unique duck meat in the dish instead of the usual chicken. However, the dish is sold at a higher price than most other koay teow thng stalls, with a large bowl costing RM 5.

Political Representation

Penang State Government

N.28 Komtar State Assemblyman : Teh Lai Heng (Democratic Action Party)

Malaysian Federal Parliament

P.049 Tanjong Member of Parliament : Ng Wei Aik (Democratic Action Party)


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