Penang, apart from its pacifying climate, also offers its tourists a very delightful way of shopping experience. It is also known as the greatest shopping destination in Malaysia for the fact that Penang is a home to some of the best shopping malls and plazas. With a vast variety of goods to offers, from premium brand names like Versace and Coach to local brands, Gems and Jewelry to high-end furniture and crafts to electronics. Penang is a home to a comprehensive blend of most advanced shopping malls and plazas to small rough stalls in its popular Palas Malam or night bazaars. The diversity of the shopping connotations attracts hordes of tourists and locals both to Penang who knows that shopping is the favorite most activity around here.
Penang Times Square
Among the modern and advanced plazas of Penang, Times Square is one in the line. This huge urban revamping project is located in Georgetown, Penang. Developed by Ivory Properties Group, is both a commercial as well as a residential development is an undertaken plan of four phases. These four phases are:
First phase: Birch the Plaza
As per the plan, Birch the Plaza intends to become the landmark along the Dato Kramat Road, comprising of both commercial units as well as residential units. Based on three stories is the retail part. They have also planned to contain a monorail station in case if Georgetown introduces the monorail. Even though the Monorail station was supposed to be completed by November 2009, it is still pretty much under construction. What could be better than the one of the Monorail stops inside Penang Times Square once monorail is introduced in Georgetown.
Second Phase: Birch Regency
Comprising on both the residential and commercial units, is still in the final stages of being complete.
The Third – MISE center and the Fourth phase – The boutique hotel, are still on the depiction board.
The headquarters of Ivory Properties is situated within the premises of Time Square, known as the Birch House. The name Birch has been inspired from E. W. Birch, a resident of Perak, who had contributed a great deal to the development of Penang and Kinta Valley in his term from 1905 to 1909. People often misconclude the name by considering it JWW Perak who was the first resident of Perak and was assassinated.
Shopping in Penang Times Square
Penang Times Square, under the name of Birch the Plaza, was first opened to the public in 2009. Based on four floors are the never ending shops and retails that are recorded to be 170 in number. There are another 19 floors above these 4 commercial floors the first one of which is a Food court. Spread over 40,000 sqft this food gallery has about 20 different restaurants and eateries.
On the third and fourth floor is the huge departmental store. This department store is also accessible through an escalator or a capsule lift. Moreover, there is also a great night club by the name of The Soju Club that attracts endless numbers of tourists who love to club and dance all night.
Some of the fashion outlets in Penang Times Square includes MTM Boutique, Victoria, East Touch, New V Gallery & Beauty Rose. The key amenities in Penang Times Square for tourists include ATMs, money changer, nursery room, hair saloon, nail saloon, prayer room, handicap toilet & others. There is also HTC service center on the ground floor. The Hertz rent-a-car, Maxis center & Celcom outlets are also on the ground floor.
The main food & beverage outlets in Penang Times Square includes James Foo Western Food, Face to Face Noodle House, Marrybrown, Food Gallery, Haven Delights, Tao Authentic Asian Cuisine & Ming Garden.
Getting to Penang Times Square
There is a bus stop along the Dato Kramat Road where the Rapid Penang buses drop its passengers. Buses number 11, 102, 201 -204, 206,301, 304 and 502 stop on this stop. However, Penang Times Square itself is one of the stops for the Tourist bus known as Penang Hop on Hop off.
Sri Kamatchi Amman Temple, Lady of Sorrows Church and Nagarathar Sivan Temple are some of main Penang tourist attractions that you will find nearby Penang Times Square.
Address: Penang Times Square, Jalan Dato Kramat, 10150 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Phone: +60 4-226 4100