Did you know that Lebuh Acheh was known as Serambi Mekah (Second Jeddah)?

Did you know that Lebuh Acheh was known as Serambi Mekah (Second Jeddah)?

From 1786 to 1976, before the advent of the airplanes, sailing ships and steamships known as "kapal haji" transported pilgrims to Jeddah to perform the hajj. The pilgrims and their family members would gather at Lebuh Acheh from all over the country and from Sumatra, Thailand, and Myanmar to await their ship.


The area was busy with the hajj business: ticket agents, insurance agents, pilgrim hotels, jewelry and souvenir shops, and religious paraphernalia. The town flourished.

In 1976, Lembaga Tabung Haji took over the business of Hajj and it impacted Lebuh Acheh's trades. Some trades survived, but many other perished. Nevertheless, Lebuh Acheh is still presently bustling.



One of the pilgrim's ship, Kapal Kuala Lumpur, ready to leave Swettenham Pier, Penang.


Photos of pilgrims before they left for Hajj.


Photos of pilgrims before they left for Hajj.

Pilgrims queuing for security check before embarking on their ship to sail to Mecca from Penang at Swettenham Pier. (pic credit: BERNAMA)


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