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There's a Jalan Akuarium in Penang?

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐‰๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐€๐ค๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ง ๐†๐ž๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ-๐๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐š๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ?

๐ผ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘™๐‘ฆ, ๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘› 5,000 ๐‘๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘š๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ข๐‘š ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘š๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ , ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‡๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘˜๐‘ข ๐ด๐‘๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘™ ๐‘…๐‘Žโ„Ž๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›.


The Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman. Pic credit: http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877 On 29 September 1968, Tunku Abdul Rahman officially opened the $1 million aquarium in Glugor which he hoped would be an added tourist attraction in Penang.


credit: http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877

During the opening, the aquarium had a colourful display of 130 types of marine and fresh water fish in 43 water tanks.

Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee, the then Penang Chief Minister, said that the aquarium was a "very unique institution" whose primary function was to serve as a research institute, and a place of interest for tourists.

Interestingly, more than 5,000 people demonstrated in front of the aquarium to condemn the actions of President Marcos, surprising Tunku Abdul Rahman.

In the 70s, the aquarium was even visited by kings and queens. The aquarium was visited by Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, as well as Prince Akihito (former Emperor of Japan) and Princess Michiko.


Credit: http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877

However, the aquarium had to be demolished in 1984 due to structural defects and ten years later, the Fisheries Research Institute in Gelugor moved to its new complex in Batu Maung. Today, although all that is left of the once-illustrious aquarium is a roadsign, one can still visit the relocated aquarium in Batu Maung, which is also an amazing place to get up close with marine fishes.


The current Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman in Batu Maung.

Now we all know the history of Jalan Akuarium!


Sources: eresources.nlb.gov.sg http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877

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