Dhoby Ghaut
Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple in Dhoby Ghaut
Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple in Dhoby Ghaut
SettledEarly 19th Century
 • Local AuthorityPenang Island City Council
 • Mayor of Penang IslandYew Tung Seang
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)

Dhoby Ghaut is a place in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. It also known as Vannan Thora Tedal ("laundry district") among the local Indian community.[1][2]


Dhobby Ghaut is located between Jalan Air Hitam and York Road. It lies at the confluence of Sungai Air Itam and Sungai Air Terjun, from where Sungai Pinang emerges. A few laundries still operate there. Many people who live there work in the traditional Indian laundry service providers who have been operating there generations after generations.


Dhoby Ghaut or Dhobī Ghāṭ (Hindi: धोबी घाट, Punjabi: ਧੋਬੀ ਘਾਟ, Tamil: தோபி காட்) literally means "washing place" in Hindi, from dhobī "washerman" or one that does laundry, and ghāṭ, generically meaning a large open space.


This place hosts two Hindu temples, Naduthurai Sri Devi Karumariamman and Sri Rama Temple. These temples were built by dhobies.

See also


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  2. ^ Khoo, Salma Nasution (2007). Streets of George Town, Penang. ISBN 9789839886009. Archived from the original on 2022-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-23.