Penang War Museum

Penang War Museum is located in Bukit Batu Maung in Penang, Malaysia. In the 1930s it was just a fort that was built by the British. From Georgetown if you are coming to visit the museum you should use the Jelutong Expressway and move towards Bayan Lepas Airport. If you take this direction the Penang Prawn village will fall on your left. Gradually you will arrive at a junction which goes in four directions. However you need to drive straight and you will find that the post office will fall on your right. If you keep on driving in the same direction you reach Batu Maung hill and eventually to the Penang War Museum.

The museum remains open from 9am to 7pm throughout the entire week and is open on public holidays also. The fort of 1930 was built with the main motive of protecting the island from the attack of the enemies. The combined efforts of the local labors and the British Royal engineers led to the construction of the fort. The construction of the fort was purposefully made complicated. It has military tunnels in the underground and ammunition storage. The ammunition was kept 9 meters below the ground to protect it from the attack of the enemies. You will have a lot to explore within the museum from cook houses and sleeping quarters to canon firing bays and medical centers. The underground tunnels were used to access submarines present in the Straits of Melaka.

The same fort faced a sight of torture and dismay during the World War II, when the Japanese overtook it. The horrifying cruelty experienced during the war led to the fort being abandoned in 1945 after the war was over.

In 2002, the Penang War Museum was opened to public. The underground tunnels present in the museum are so narrow at certain parts that if you want to explore you need to crawl in certain areas.

If you plan to visit the place, you must keep at least 2 hours in your schedule dedicated to this place. For proper exploration of the museum and its surroundings you need to walk and climb a lot around the hilly areas. However there is a proper display of signs and information all around to make it easy for the tourists to locate the artifacts. The historical site is really a place of learning about the culture and rich history of the place. It will help you a lot in understanding about the way of life it used to have in the old times. Therefore if you are a student or some researcher doing a history on the background of Malaysia, you will definitely not want to miss a visit to this place. However, take proper precautions as the temperature of the place during the day can be quite hot and humid. Also, as you make your way deep into the hills you might find the company of mosquitoes so have an insect repellent ready with you.

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Natural Beauty of Ipoh

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Ipoh and its natural beauty are something which is inseparable. Mother Earth has 
given its very identity starting from waterfalls, rivers, lakes, hills etc. With modern 
world, these natural beauties have transformed into hill stations, tourist 
destination, resorts, adventure tours, river exploration tours etc. But, among all 
other tourist destinations in Malaysia, Ipoh is the only city which has conserved its 
beauty in its true natural state. Though, several changes in terms of infrastructure 
& development have transformed Ipoh but its natural beauty has always remained 
unaffected. Ipoh now possesses hotels, resorts, shopping malls, theme parks etc to 
facilitate the growing tourism business in an eco friendly manner.

 

Ipoh’s temple forms a majestic correlation between humans & nature. These 
temples where constructed during different periods of history at different locations. 
But till today, they astonish everyone with their architectural brilliance & 
remarkable structures. 
The Sam Ph Tong is a Chinese Temple situated near four kilometers south of Ipoh. 
The temple displays artistic brilliance in terms of detailed minor art work of 
Buddha. Lord Buddha is considered the god of peace, love & care. The temple 
consists of tortoise pond along with garden in the premises of the temple. Several 
tourists come here to find mental peace & stability. The inner structures of the 
temple resonates voices of the devotees throughout its chambers which shows its 
impressive designs.

 

Similarly, the Ling Sen Tong Temple shows the four faced Buddha along with 
Goddess Kuan Yin, Monkey King etc as described in the Chinese mythology. The 
four faced Buddha has great relevance with the lives of the common people. The 
four faces denote that Lord Buddha is always watching from every direction in 
order to protect us. The Buddhist represents themselves as religion of tolerance & 
calm.  
While Kek Look Tong Temple represents cave temple which people have 
worshipped for several years. The cave is rich with iron ores & surprisingly it was 
mined for several years by excavators who even enlarged the mouth of the cave 
temple for lorry access. Malacca is a very good tourism city too, you may go
there by bus from Singapore to Malacca to enjoy your holiday.
Ipoh endless natural beauty has transformed into one Genung Land Recreational 
Park which offers rejuvenating boat rides along the lake offering majestic view of 
the limestone mountain to the tourists. Some of them prefer to relax the entire day 
on the boat while admiring the stunning view. These boat rides stimulates tourists 
to undertake such rides in future as Ipoh with all its mountains around the lake 
provides an atmosphere of peace & serenity. Ipoh is truly remarkable place to visit 
for nature lovers.
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