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A private museum complex, built by the British as a hill fort in the 1930's used by the Japanese as a POW camp and killing place.
Lot 1350 Mukim 12 | Merah Barat Daya, 11960, Malaysia
+60 16-421 3606
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a trip A little expensive for what it is 28tm each Take your time and soak in 2 hours and we were the only ones there Fortifications gun emplacements undergrad shelters tunnels trenches lots of accommodation and loads of info Mainly on Japanese...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank grandinio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today and enjoyed it to a degree. Not sure how much is genuine. The gallows of Yamashita are a replica and Yamashita was hanged in Manila as far as I'm aware not in penang.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The war museum is converted from an army camp. It's located on top hill. A number if gun, tunnel, building & facilities display in the museum. Admission fee is a bit expensive

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leecK9330OU
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fantastic and sobering at the same time. The owners have done a lot to excavate the site and open it up and provide detail in depth. Make sure you take a small torch so you can crawl through the tunnels! A great...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Z4970UVmichaeld
Reviewed 26 December 2018

On reading and seeing some of the stories of the prisoners of war , it hits you that how people from both sides fought such a bitter war for their countries. The bitterness and hate for war overcomes you when visiting this museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dr Neerja L B
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Although interesting, this could have been so much better with some quality information and curation. There's lots of potential and with a little bit of effort this could be a really quality experience. We had a scooter so transport wasn't an issue but I wouldn't...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Slim-AU
Reviewed 15 September 2018

The biggest problem wasn't the fake cringy props that they display but due to the open air situation, there is literally mosquitoes everywhere. If you are planning on a visit, do bring a bug repellent or dress properly to avoid any exposed body part. It...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kaizxa N
Reviewed 3 September 2018

A lot of the complaints here are about whether this is a museum in the traditional sense. No, it's not. But if you can ignore the cheesy props (fake kamakaze vest, fake guns and bomb, spooky paintings, etc.) the structures themselves give you the impression...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank TPT_Traveller
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This was a rather disappointing experience. Here are a few low lights. Not a wet weather activity, as this in an open air museum. Exhibits are not the best quality and if commenters on this thread are to be believed, inaccurate. A difficult site for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AustralasianGal
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Nice to see, with lots of collected artefacts, but not sure about the authenticity of all of the comments and signs.

Date of experience: July 2018
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6 April 2015|
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Response from Connector716784 |
The museum opens daily from 9am until 6pm.
19 March 2015|
Response from wessy | Reviewed this property |
As I remember around 35 ringits