Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cenotaph - Penang World War II Memorial @ George Town [Malaysia]

The war memorial at Penang's esplanade was featured more prominently than the hawker centre on the hard copy tourist maps and i was expecting something along the scale of Singapore's version that's known affectionately as "the chopsticks".

Built in the likeness of the one at UK, this was built in 1929 at a cost of 12,000 Straits dollars to commemorate those killed in World War I; which, by the way, happened in Europe with minimal action in Southeast Asia (in the case of Penang, a Russian ship was sunk by a German cruise ship). 

World War II had a much greater impact on both Malaysia and Singapore and this memorial has now included not just world war 2 but also the Malayan emergency, the Indonesian confrontation etc. 

And yes, i did note that it wasn't as imposing as the chopsticks. 


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