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A man takes the air outside his shop in Penang's Little India in the city of George Town.

Covering an area around Queen Street, Chulia Street and Market Street, Little India The oldest Hindu temple in Penang, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located here. The area bears many similarities to market streets in Chennai, Mumbai or Delhi. Its location at the centre of Penang Heritage Zone and nearby Penang's main finance centre, Beach Street make it one of the most famous and notable shopping spot in Penang among locals and tourists. Little India is also noted for Malaysian Indian cuisine.

During the early days of the settlement, Chulia Street was allotted to the Indian immigrants as their enclave. However, over the years, the Chinese immigrant settler community grew in size, resulting in Little India being cocooned in the centre of the ever-growing Chinese community and bordering what is today referred to as Chinatown. The Indian immigrant settlers took up a variety of roles in the settlement, as agricultural labourers, money lenders and spice traders. This meticulously regimented network was among the earliest parts of George Town planned under the administration of Sir Francis Light, the British founder of Penang.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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