Colonial-style shophouses in Penang,
with portico-like covered walkways, known throughout
and Singapore as
kaki lima, i.e.
‘five footers’, due to the fact that they
were initially about five foot wide, although many are nowadays
These portico-like walkways are either sunken
into the ground or elevated from the road, yet in either
case leveled with the ground floor of a building, and provides a
corridor to shield pedestrians from the sun and rain by the
overhanging upper floors of that building.