The Merdeka Bridge also known as Jambatan Merdeka in Malay language. It was built in 1955 and the bridge spans across the Sungai Muda River ( the longest river in Kedah) and also as a border between Kedah and Penang. During the 70s, 80s and early 90s before the North-South Highway was built, we used to travel to Penang using this trunk road. I always like to see the green paddy fields and the beautiful Merdeka Bridge..hmmm...I still do drive using this road going back to my hometown in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Nearby to the Bagan Ajam Beach, you could pay a visit to this beautiful chinese temple, near to a few seafood restaurants. First time visit with my friend, hmmm...nice craving of stone, nice statues and one look..oh dear..like my papa.
It is at the last street, a one way street where all the hawkers are located together at your left side. If you want to try hawker food, come to this place at night, you will enjoy yourself with all type of Malaysian favourite cooks offer by the hawkers.
Day time, Chai Leng Park is a business centre with many wholesales and retail outlets busy on their daily activities. By night times, there are a few hawker centres here. The famous Lok Lok, is a kind of skewer foods in raw, that you can pick them up from the display rack and cook them in a pot in the middle of your table, just like the steamboat but the food are in skewer. There are meat balls, sausages, seafood products, mushroom and vegetables. The price is according to the color at the end of the stick. The wonderful part is the seasoning available for your choice, there are at least 10 different type of sauces or seasonings.
Raja Uda in Butterworth is always a lively town, business and living activities is moving on 24 hours lively as this town is surrounded by many residential areas and newly built business townships.
The Kompleks Penjaja Jalan Bunga Raya or Appollo Market in Raja Uda is just along the road on your left if you travel from Jalan Telaga Air after a few traffic lights.
The market is extremely busy on Saturday and Sunday and Public Holiday.
Today, I had my breakfast in the Appollo Hawker Centre with my wife. There are a few hawker centre for you to decide where you want to eat. After that we stroll searching for cheap and special. Finally, we got a plastic straps handcraft basket at RM16, a set of car seat mats at RM45, 3 pcs of avocardo at RM10, 10pcs of green apple at RM7.
I presume this is a market for Chinese community as the vendors openly display the pork on sales. For the pork vendor only, there are about 10 stalls.
The seasonal fruit like Chinese persimmon are on cheap sales, you can easily get 15 pcs with RM10.
Beside daily foodstuff, the are many other stuffs and goods on sales too. Come here as early as you can to find a parking space for your vehicle, otherwise, you may turn right into the residential area for parking.
The one and only Cinema in Butterworth.
I could have thought, the cinema only shows Bollywood movies but also Hollywood movies.
There is nothing much to see or do in Butterworth, just visit the beach at Bagan Ajam, Pantai Bersih or Rubina Park. It is a nice place for relaxing and enjoy the breeze plus watching the sunset. :-)