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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 Perai trip simple and quick.
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  • Once a fortified emplacement for British heavy guns for the purpose of guarding the Penang Strait, impressive remnants of which are still there includes the concrete pits that held the pivot mountings...  more »
  • This is a moving and very well organized open air museum. The history of the place is well explained with signs and boards at the entrance. Surprisingly, the opening of the site is relatively new as t...  more »
  • This is a “living” museum where British POWs were incarcerated in Japanese occupied Penang. Originally a British Fort which was captured by the Japanese during WW2. See the chilling photo. You must vi...  more »
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  • We are pleasantly surprised with this place. We thought it’s just a building with historical artifacts. But it Turned out to be an actual site for the British defending Malaya. There are tunnels and barracks and what not. A soldier’s (sgt john wolf) grave. Historical explanation with ongoing research. Apparently this place laid hidden for 60 years after WW2.
  • Heard of this War Museum very long time ago, rumor said that is super haunted and people heard a lot unnatural sounds resonating around this hill. So I went on to check out. From the surface level, it's interesting to revisit the remains of a fortress. Seeing the architecture, imagining how the occupants (British, Japanese & Malayan soldiers) have fought through WW2 in Penang island. Must try the emergency escape route from the ammunition bunker. Easily spend 30 minutes for simply a glance or 2 hours reading the descriptions to fully understand the history background. Downside - the fort is poorly maintained, the replicas are simply built, most of the relics are carelessly thrown around, there are tons of irrelevant local artwork and many bad display of mannequins. And is it haunted? Well, all the spookiness spoiled by the lousy maintenance and it's more relevance to WW2 games than ghost stories. Well, it's still up to you to say if it's haunted. Suggestions - the museum's caretaker to be more passionate in helping visitors to relive WW2's fort. Price for Malaysian - RM20 + 6% (Adult)
  • Awesome and adventures place. Suitable for educational trip. Friendly staff. Lots of info about world war. Suitable entrances fees.
  • Love it.. Hidden City in Malaysia.. must go.. next time i come again for fully explorer..
  • a little underappreciated site. lot of interesting articles and writings related to history. if you like reading, this place could keep you occupied for a good 2 hours or more. otherwise the place is big enough for a leisurely stroll of an hour plus. bring bug repellant.
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