Once a swampy land with a canal (Prangin Canal) used for transporting goods to and from the sea used up till the 1940s, known by the local chinese as Sia Boay – end of society or town.
The canal was then transformed by the council into a drain to make way for the construction of KOMTAR. Next to the canal was a popular market (Prangin Market) nestled in the middle of the city which was where locals sell their fresh produce from nerby farms.
The then buslting area was then left abandoned with the few remaining pre-war houses covered with trees and shrubs, the old market structure was left untouched since the market moved to a new area.
Back in 2012, Penang State Government along with Penang Development Coporation decided to revive the close to 2 acres of land into a public park and revive part of the canal similar to what is done with Clarke Quay in Singapore.
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