"Batu" in Malay means "rock" or "stone".Batu Maung is located just south of the Penang International Airport. It is easy reach by 3 routes1) Scenic route of Bayan Lepas town passing through Malay stilt homes.2) Short cut narrow road along the airport from junction opposite Snake Temple (Tokong Ular)3) Fastest by bridge sea coastal road passing the...more
"Teluk" in Malay means "bay' or "cove".Teluk Kumbar is other coastal fishing village at the southern side of Penang Island. You will pass by it when going from Bayan Lepas to Balik Pulau using the southern coastal road. It is also a junction to turn into Gertak Sanggul.I was amazed that all the old houses in the town have maroon rusty zinc roofs....more
Pulau Kendi is a popular destination for longer anglers and boating enthusiasts. You can easily hire a charter small boat from Gertak Sanggul or Teluk Kumbar to the island.Main activities is fishing from boat or swimming in the sea. Be mindful of the water current, submerged rocks and branches or sea snakes and jelly fish. Always go with a local...more
It always a personal impulse to walk to the end of a jetty whenever I see one. The one in Gertak Sanggul was not exception as a draw to go right up to the edge.There always plenty of small fish and other surprises over the wooden boards. And locals doing line fishing and enjoying themselves in the hot sun even if the biting are few apart.Then there...more
It is a scenic coastal ride from Teluk Kumbar to Gertak Sanggul.Gertak Sanggul is a fishing willage at the most south western tip of Penang Island with pig farming and fruit orchards being the major activities.It is a great place to charter a boat to go out fishing and to the neighboring islands of Kendi and Rimau.There is a traditional Chinese...more
Well, that's about all I have for the fort Batu Maung. For more pictures, you can look at fellow VTer, I_joo's page or click on the website to read on the discovery of Batu Maung.1) I_joo 's page has lots of photos of the fort. 2)Useful websites of Batu Maung Fort and its linkage to WWII.a)Historical Facts on Batu Maungb)The official tourist page...more
Now if you think I'm in the CuChi Tunnel of Vietnam, you are mistaken, I'm actually in a Penang WWII tunnel, somewhere off the coast of Malaysia! This tunnel was several metres underground in a old abandoned fort (now Penang War Museum) and after crawling around for a while, I had to hoist my self up a tall metal staircase(9.14m) at the end of the...more
There are a lot of harrowing wartime pictures in the Penang War Museum so look out for them when you explore the bunkers . From the pictures, you can see the horrible suffering of the locals under the harsh militant Japanese leadership in WWII . Among all the pictures I saw, this one stood out the most. It was a picture of a woman who was not only...more
If you're ever in Batu Maung Fort in Penang, do look out for some of the offices turned into torture chambers by the Japanese. You'll see small metal/wooden cages that the Japanese used to 'break' prisoners and other rusty tools of torture. The sight of it is admitedly creepy but seeing it will reinforce what this place was used for in the past.more
If you're a war fanatic like my hubby , you would have noticed that the British had engaged the WWI war tactic of trench/tunnel warfare in the preparation for WWII in Malaya so this may be partly the reason why so many military tunnels were built in their forts in Penang and Singapore. Well having said that, there are many tunnels in Batu Maung...more
If I can say this, Penang War Museum is probably the best war museum I've been to in ages. Unlike the conventional ( read: boring ) indoor museums that I've been to where I get to see nothing but casement shells in glass-paned cupboards, this one allowed me to run around free in an actual ruins of a fortress. Well afterall, it is a 9ha outdoor...more
A great place to have fresh seafood whether fish, prawn, crabs or "fried sotong" (squid).
The last I went, they also served the famous satay (barbecued chicken on sticks) that are well marinated.
Additional attraction besides a beach to walk out to is the famous Sam Poh Footprint Temple and a boat jetty at its door step. There is an upper and a lower car park. Park at the lower one if you prefer having to climb the steps.
Honestly, I can't help you much over here in terms of public transport since we drove there. All we did was to take the highway to Bayan Lepas and later the coastal route to Batu Maung. The sign to the museum is kinda huge so you shouldn't miss it. Also, there are lots of friendly locals who can point the way.
Anyway, here's the address and other useful details:
The Penang War Museum
Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Merah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960 Penang
Tel: 016-421 3606 / 604-391 0067
Fax: 604-644 8015
Opened seven days a week (including public holidays), from 9:00am to 7:00pm.
Thought this British Fort in Batu Muang had been around for 70 years, it was only re-discovered in the 1970's . Why? Simply because at one time, this entire region was shunned by the locals as it was 'cursed' and haunted by restless soldiers. It took a very brave man from Kedah to track through the thicket and discover this fort. Talk about a...more
It's interesting to know that Batu Maung Fort was built by the British to protect their own ships in Penang Harbour, but after Penang came under Japanese rule, it was used to protect Japanese ships instead. To me it seemed like an irony that the Japanese would use a British fort to protect their ships from Allied attacks in the Straits.Photo Note:...more
Despite the promise the promise that the Japanese would bring about a fairer "Asia for Asians' rule, many horrifying events occured in Penang during the 3-year long Japanese occupation. From what I heard from my grandparents (I belong to a family of landowners in butterworth and penang) , beheadings (adults) took place in market squares, finger...more
Most of the jetties found all over Penang is fairly spacious even enough for two motorcycles to drive pass each other easily.
However, the one at Batu Maung is relatively "narrow" and "flimsy". So take precaution especially with children or elderly especially if you are strolling at night so that no one fall overboard and get wet.
The locals are used to the walk but as tourists, caution is the name of the game.
War Museum is a must when you visit Batu Maung located south-east of the island. Entrance fee RM10.00 and if you bring camera, RM2 extra. The exact location is at the old town of Batu Maung, now there's a new highway along the coast that overlooking Jerejak island, take this highway and drive towards Batu Maung, when you arrive, just ask anybody at the roadside, is very easy.
This War Museum is actually 1930s British military fortress, now turned into a tourist spot, worth a look.