Penang Lang, do you know where this place is ? The Hokkien folks called it “Gor Phar Teng” – 五葩灯, while I understand the Malay brethren called it Simpang Enam. The English name was Magazine Circus.
Apparently, there was a roundabout, where the 6 roads , viz., Gladstone Road, Brick Kiln Road, Magazine Road, Dato Keramat Road, Macalister Road and Penang Road converged. Today, I found an old photo of this roundabout, and I thought I could make out the 5 lamp posts which gave this place its quaint name. Any disagreement ?
Alas, today Gladstone Road is no more, having been erased from the map in the 1980s to make way for the Komtar Complex. I did not realize that until today. Haiz, I have been away for far too long.