Penang War Museum.
Deeper experiences of Penang’s heritage are promised by its many museums. Penang Monthly visits some of them.
There is a boom in privately owned and run museums in Penang. With themes ranging from the colonial to the downright quirky, their primary objective is to share histories and local cultures, attracting both selfie-loving locals and curious tourists.
In the wake of George Town’s listing as a Unesco Heritage Site, interest in various aspects of Penang history has certainly escalated.
Reminders of the War
While many of Penang’s new or newly revived museums are located in George Town itself, farther afield is one that is steeped in history and the horrors of the last war.
During the Japanese Occupation of Malaya from 1942 to 1945, atrocious crimes were committed against the populace and the loss of life and destruction of buildings was substantial. Over 70 years have passed since then, but at the Penang War Museum one is given a unique and authentic glimpse into a raw and painful past.
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