Prai Swing Bridge
A rare engineering novelty in Asia
A marvel of engineering, this “swing bridge” is built over the Prai River specifically to allow trains to cross over, connecting the Butterworth Railway Terminal on the northern side to other rail destinations further south in Malaysia. The bridge also opens up occasionally for large barges, ships and ferries that need to pass through along the river. It is operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the national railway company.
Prai River and mangrove forests
Hiding ancient ecological treasures of mainland Penang
One natural entity that is very closely linked to Prai, but whose importance is among the least recognised by local people in general, is the Prai River which is known in Malay as Sungai Prai. The lengthy serpentine river has been used since ancient times by traders and travellers to navigate to and fro between the Penang Channel where it ends and the inland areas of the Malay Peninsula further upstream.
Gurdwara Sahib Prai
Custodian of a rare century-old Sikh heirloom from Punjab
This temple keeps an antique treasure in the form of a century-old copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, which was brought to Malaya by pioneering migrants from Punjab, India. Written in ancient Gurmukhi script, the huge magnificent volume with 1,937 pages was printed and bound in 1904 in Lahore (present-day Pakistan).
Chai Leng Park market
A bustling hub for community needs
Lively and bustling, this is the main hive in Prai where marketers, housewives and neighbourhood shoppers mingle and parley every morning over the prices of everyday wares and necessities. Located off Jalan Kurau, the spacious forty-year old complex features rows upon rows of shops and cubicles brimming with fresh vegetables, spices, seafood, frozen foodstuffs, tropical fruits and much more.