There are a number of museums in Penang, and one of the eeriest is the War Museum at Batu Maung Hill on the south-east part of the island. It is the biggest war museum in Southeast Asia. This 20-acre area used to be a British fortress, built by the British army in the 1930s to protect the island from possible enemy invasions.
The fort was set on a hill to allow the sentries to see the Straits of Malacca and all the surrounding areas. Constructed by the British Royal Engineers, the fortress was equipped with canon firing bays, logistic center, cooking area, a military hall, offices, sleeping quarters, medical infirmary and typical defense facilities of that time, which include ammunition bunkers and underground military tunnels. Also placed underground was an ammunition storage, about 9 meters deep and fortified by thick stonewalls. These are all available for viewing today, accept for the underground tunnels that go all the way to the Straits of Malacca. These were used to access submarines. [Read more…]