This fortress is located at Batu Maung Hill, south east of Penang Island. It was built in the 1930's by the British to protect the island from the invasionof enemies. This 20 acres site is located on a hill and you will be able to see the Straits of Melaka as well as the surrounding areas from here. The construction of this fortress was done by The British Royal Engineers and local labourers. This complicated fort has all the features of a typical defencefacilities with underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers. The ammunition storage is located 9 metres underground with thick stonewall to enable itto withstand enemy's fire.

Canon firing bays, cook houses, well, logistic centre, hall, offices, sleeping quarters and medical infirmary are also preserved for your journey of discovery here. There are even underground tunnels that go all the way to the Straits of Melaka for access to submarines.

Once completed, this fort was manned by the British, Sikh and Malay soldiers. During World War II, this fortress came under attacked and fell to the Japanese. It was then used as a Japanese army base where interrogation and torture of prisoners for information were conducted here. Being labelled as aplace of horror due to the cruelty of war, this hill was deserted after the War in 1945. It was abandoned for years until it was being cleared offand turned into War Museum by Johari Shafie 30 years later.

As the area is quite big, plan to spend about 2 hours here as you will be walking and climbing the stairs that abound on this hill. Proper signages andinformation about the artifacts are clearly displayed here. As it can be quite humid and hot during the day, remember to bring along a cap to protectyour head from the heat of the day. Wear a comfortable shoes and have insect repellant ready to ward off the mosquitoes as you move deeper into the hill.

Opening Hours 9.00am to 7.00pm daily
Admission Fees RM15 for Malaysians (Adult)
RM30 for foreigners (Adult)
Website -
Address Jalan Batu Maung Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, Penang, 11960, Batu Maung, Pulau Pinang
Contact 04-626 5142
Google Map View
Key Attractions

Harvest In Cafe
Food Rating:   5 Star

Teo Chew Cendol
Food Rating:   4 Star

Teluk Kumbar Seafood
Food Rating:   4 Star
Harvest In Cafe
Harvest In Cafe
Open Hours11.00am – 3.00pm / 6.00pm – 10.00pm Closed on Sunday and closed for dinner on Tuesday.
Address10, Jalan Irrawaddy, 10050, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang,
MapView Map
Food Rating5 Star
Price3 Star
Enviroment5 Star