In 2013, a National Geographic documentary was filmed in the museum grounds, and it called the Penang War Museum one of the 10 most haunted places in Asia!
The history of the Penang War Museum in Bukit Batu Maung goes way back in 1930 where it is actually was a fort built by the British in the 1930s. In 1941 it gained fame when it became the site where the battle for Penang against the invading Japanese army was lost.
These days it is a museum open to the public and is said to be the largest Southeast Asia’s war museum.
Also known as Muzium Perang Pulau Pinang, it was opened to the public in 2002 with an admission price of RM22 for adult and RM12 for kids (Malaysian) while foreign visitors will be charged RM38 for adult and RM17 for kids.
The 20-acre museum houses historical artefacts such as cannons and even features underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers which are located nine metres underground.
Some of these tunnels lead all the way to the sea as they once served as access routes to get to submarines. Navigating through these passageways sometimes forces one to walk or even crawl through very narrow, confined spaces.
Among the mystical stories often told by workers, entrepreneurs and even visitors to the Penang War Museum is they heard the sound of footsteps marching, a perfume-like smell and sometimes like the smell of kerosene and some of them even saw the appearance of a mysterious entity.
According to the owner; he manages to found 5,000 rifles used by the Japanese army after conquering Malaya, sharp weapons, ammunition, human bones, underground tunnels, observation towers, barracks and jails, in addition to building a fort that has been buried.
The place became a witness to the atrocities the Japanese army during the occupation of Malaya.
Since taking over the fort from the British, it has been used as a place to torture, kill and transit prisoners of war before being sent to Kanchanaburi, Thailand to help complete the deadly railway tracks.
Hard to believe? How about experience it yourself.
Penang War Museum
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
Address: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung