Bukit Payong: A Sneak Peek Into Penang’s War-Time History

By Rexy Prakash Chacko

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Ruins of a pillbox along the Permatang Damar Laut beach with Bukit Payong in the backdrop.
THE SOUTHERN COAST of Penang Island is shaped roughly like a crescent, flanked by undulating hills in the background and long sun-kissed beaches at the fore. The hills here form the southern terminus of the Penang Hill range and hence are rather low, covered mostly in a mix of secondary forest and plantations.Until very recently, these hills were off the “hiking radar”. However, the pandemic-induced hiking boom renewed interest in these forgotten peaks, and new trails have been established recently...

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Rexy Prakash Chacko

is an electronic engineer by profession and a nature lover by passion. While he spends his weekdays earning a living at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, his weekends are spent reflecting and recharging on the green hills of Penang.