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Penang War Museum    

  Jalan Batu Maung, 11960, Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang |   016-421 3606
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4.2   (1,153)

Introduction

Reputed to be the largest war museum in South East Asia, the Penang War Museum was initially a military fortress designed by the British in the 1930s. The 20-acre museum houses historical artefacts such as cannons and features underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers located nine metres underground.

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What to Expect?

Strategically located on top of the Batu Maung Hill on the south-east of the island, the 19.36 acres military fortress has a magnificent 320-degree view of the sea around the island, to defend the Straits of Malacca from Japanese attack coming from the South channel.

Most of the buildings and structures here have stood the test of time. Much of what visitors see is in the same condition as when the fortress was built, except for some missing brass doors and windows which was looted by scavengers. The road that visitors walk on today also survived.

The Penang War Museum was restored as a memorial to its dark days and opened to the public in 2002. Some of the preserved tunnels lead all the way to the sea as they once served as access routes to get to submarines. Navigating through these passageways sometimes forces one to walk or even crawl through very narrow, confined spaces.

Highlights
- Go back in time and witness Malaya's history come to life
- Explore Malaysia’s largest and first outdoor living war museum
- See about 37 war relics including underground tunnels, cannon firing bay, and the soldier's barrack
- Enjoy a 320-degree sea view facing the Straits of Malacca from the British fortress

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 Address:   Jalan Batu Maung, 11960, Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang

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016-421 3606

Everyday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  Reviews 4.2   (1,153)
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    Arel Anuar

    a month ago

    Good place to feel on the battlefield. Very organized area, suitable for family trip. Just be careful on the insect, repellent and maybe snake since this area is still in real jungle.

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    Kerry Sin

    a month ago

    This place deserves better recognition for preserving the horrors of war as it was in WW2.

    Johari has done a fantastic job in making this place accessible to all and experience first hand what it was like during the British and Japanese occupation in Penang / Malaya.

    Do bring comfortable foot wear as there are lots of walking. Long pants to ward of mosquitoes , maybe even a repellent as there are swarms of them in the jungle.

    Highly recommended.

    BTW- this site is acknowledged as the top 10 of Asia's most haunted.

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    Ady Syady

    6 months ago

    It was awesome. Kinda feel adventurous and a lil bit scared at the same time especially when I was walking through tunnel number 8. Tunnel no.26 was closed the day I was there so kinda sad didn't get the chance to experience it. Maybe next time!!

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    Wai Kok Cheng

    3 months ago

    Good place to learn about the history. Suggest all the schools should plan for a visit here to learn about the history. If the trees around this place can be removed will be better to understand the strategic location of this base to protect the attacks from the straits of Melacca. Must crawl and climb the tunnels and ladders.

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    休ストンレス礼

    3 months ago

    Pretty nice tunnel and ladders for us to explore the discovery of their museum. It is not recommended to visit on night session as it is pretty haunted scenario of their quarters. Many jumpscare from wild animals too.


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