Over the weekend of Agung's birthday we took an impromptu visit to Penang. It was a good weekend of Penang hawker food and we visited some places. If you are planning a trip to Penang with children, visit the War Museum and Butterfly Park. Definitely worth going.
Penang War Museum
It is located at Bukit Batu Maung. It is a fortress built by the British army atop Bukit Maung, to protect the island against the enemy. Later it was taken over by the Japanese army and turned it into their army base with a dark history. Apparently locals kept well away from this for fear of its reputation as a place of hautings by ghosts of dead soldiers. :)
The fortress was constructed over 20 acres of land, complete with underground military tunnels and ventilation shafts, ammunition bunkers, logistic centre, canon firing bays, sleeping quarters, cook houses and medical infirmary.
This is an outdoor museum! So be prepare to walk, climb, crawl and have lots of fun. We enjoyed walking and crawling through tunnels and climbing steel ladders and saw first hand what it was like in an army base.
All ready to explore one of many tunnels in the museum
We crawled through this tunnel which led us to a 9 meters climb up a steel ladder. Reese chickened out when he saw the climb up!
My boys having fun crawling through the tunnel
A manual hand siren
Pictures of tortured captives
living quarters of various ranking officers
One of many tunnels leading to underground rooms
Walking around this place gave me a strange feeling, as if I am living in the past...
Steel framed everywhere