Regions 'Little India' is an important area of early historic settlements beyond one single race India has moved to the City of George Town from the late 18th century. Thus, the old building and business activities of traditional folk culture of India that exists in the 'Little India' is a legacy assets to be preserved and maintained in line with the image of the City of George Town as a 'Living Heritage City'.
The project area 'Little India' in the project is bounded by Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh China with an area of the site approximately 13 acres. The streets affected include Market Street, part of Queen Street, King Street and a part of Lebuh Penang. The project area is also part of the urban conservation area in the City of Georg Town.
Since day one, is renowned as the site of shopping center in Penang and the Northern Territory rentau with shops and stalls selling a wide range of products and buy up the use of Indians as groceries, food, spices, jewelry, kitchen appliances, textile & apparel, equipment, prayer, and others, largely imported from India.
This area is usually bustling with activity embroider on the day of shopping, especially during weekends and by Deepavali, the month of Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa. The uniqueness of this shopping culture has created the 'Little India' fame as a tourist attractions in Penang.
The implementation of this upgrade project is funded through the provisions of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism under the 8th Malaysia Plan, the Year 2001 / 2005. The aim of this project is to develop the 'Little India' as a center for trade, cultural and tourist superior in Penang