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Penang War Museum, Penang

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Famed as the site where the battle for Panang was lost to invading Japanese troops in 1941 during World War II, Penang War Museum sits in an old British fort built in the 1930s. The fort was originally built to protect the island against invasion from the sea, but it failed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked from inland. The fort then fell under Japanese control and was used as a prison base for torture and beheading. Today you can tour the barracks, cookhouses, and gun placements all equipped with signage. In 2002, a museum was erected in the old structure. It is filled with artifacts and features underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers 9 m (30 ft) below ground. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Butterworth trip simple and quick.
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  • I thought it was a museum with war relics on diaplay. I couldn't be more wrong. The 'museum' is actually a fortress built by the British in 1930s. It was captured by the Japanese during WW2 and used t...  more »
  • Kudos to the founder aka the guy who came up with the idea to restore this abandoned piece of history into a museum for the post war generation. This is an awesome place to visit for history and milit...  more »
  • Ok, so this museum may not have that much in the way of artefacts to look at, don't expect cases of items, guns, grenades, uniforms etc, it is just not that sort of museum. So, what it does have is at...  more »
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  • Amazing preservation effort by the proprietor considering he did it all on his own. An important part of history that truly needs to be preserved and taught for the sake of our future generation.
  • What an enormous place to begin with. We took for about 2 hours to wander and read everything that displayed in the museum. A great place to dig deep into History of Malaysia.
  • Good to see how world war 2 preparations went and the technology used by them
  • Was there with my 10-years old son. He loves it very much - tunnel, a lot of war artifacts and interesting staff. Good place to spend time with family and to know something new
  • Great place to learn how Penang was affected by WW2/Pacific War, with many interesting sites to visit. Had a great time there.

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With a variety of travelers always coming and going, Butterworth offers accommodations for everyone. Whether you prefer a basic hostel room with a shared bathroom or a luxurious suite, finding a room is easy--but do book ahead of time if you go during the peak season. You can stay on Jalan Kampung Gajah for the easiest access to the ferry terminal, but note that many hotels offer free drop-off and pick-up from the terminal to make travel easy.
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