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Penang War Museum, Penang

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Military Museum Historic Site
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. By using our Perai itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Penang War Museum and other attractions in Perai.
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  • While there were not many actual military artefacts and much on display was recreated with modern products, the original buildings are there in excellent condition. There is a lot of very worthwhile i...  more »
  • The people at reception explained that it's not like a museum in the west, that most of the original items had been looted, so we would see replicas and get the general ambience of the place. Bearing ...  more »
  • I just went yesterday and damm it feels painful for me to watch the harrowing images. I really want to thank my lucky stars for not needing to go through the same pain and suffering myself unlike our ...  more »
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  • Great place to learn how Penang was affected by WW2/Pacific War, with many interesting sites to visit. Had a great time there.
  • 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
  • Neat place with artifacts and small buildings. Worth a quick tour to get to know the history of this uncovered place for many years. The lady at the reception was nice and briefed us how to visit the spots inside museums, she also gave us handouts with maps.
  • It was neat to see the old army base. Mostly just buildings to see. Definitely worth a quick tour. There are a lot of stairs and ladders so being able bodied is a must. I would also bring bug repellent as it's a very jungle forest setting.
  • Hard to find the place but worth the visit. Feels a bit creepy though.

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