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Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park
The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park, located at the Ayer Itam Roundabout in Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia. It is a memorial to the Chinese people of Penang who died under the Japanese Occupation in World War II. The whitewashed obelisk especially commemorates the over 700 who were buried nearby. They consist of martyrs who joined the anti-Japanese resistance movement in China in the 1930s and 40s, mainly Chinese machinery workers from Penang, as well as victims of Japanese atrocities during the occupation.
Memorial to Martyrs who joined the Anti-Japanese Resistance Movement
The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial was originally built by the Penang China Relief Fund, a Penang-based fund-raising organisation, in memory of the Penang Chinese who died under Japanese occupation in World War II. However, after the organisation was disbanded in 1952, the responsibility of managing the memorial was passed on to the Kong Min School board of trustees. It was undergoing a RM400,000 facelift in conjunction with its 60th anniversary. The funding came from private donations as well as from the Penang state government.
It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng on 11 November, 2011, the 60th anniversary of the original unveiling of the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial, the main feature of the park.
World Peace Memorial
In addition to the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial, the memorial park also includes the World Peace Memorial, the Penang Chinese Relief Memorial and the Memorial Park Mural. The World Peace Memorial is in the form of a pedestal with a flock of doves in flight. The Penang Chinese Relief Memorial depicts the transportation volunteers sent to provide relief for China. They served as drivers and mechanics to transport material into China following the blockade of Chinese seaports by Japan. The relief effort is also shown on a mural showing workers building the road between Burma and China and the convoy of trucks.
The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park is open daily. Free admission.
Trip Suggestion : 15 minutes
Operating Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free.
Address : Jalan Bukit Bendera, Bukit Bendera, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia