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The Cenotaph War Memorial
The Cenotaph War Memorial, also known as Penang War Memorial, is a cenotaph located at the Esplanade in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The site of the Cenopath is situated at the shoreline of the Esplanade, at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah and Jalan Padang Kota Lama.
The Cenotaph, another landmark within the Esplanade, which was originally built in honour of British Allied servicemen from Penang who lost their lives during World War I. Designed by Swan & Maclaren, the Cenotaph was fashioned as a scaled-down semblance to the Whitehall Cenotaph in London, constructed out of granite blocks and adorned with bronze plaques. The unveiling of the Cenotaph took place during the 1929 Remembrance Day, with Edward, Prince of Wales, in attendance.
During the Japanese occupation of Malaya in World War II, the Cenotaph was destroyed during Allied bombings of Penang in 1944 and 1945. Following the end of the war, a team of architects led by Charles Geoffrey Boutcher helped to reconstruct the Cenotaph using remaining fragments of the first Cenotaph, resulting in slight deviations from its original design. The rebuilt Cenotaph was unveiled during the 1948 Remembrance Day, and remains as a site for annual Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Honour to the glorious dead during World War I, World War II, Thailand–Burma Railway, Malayan Emergency, Re-insurgency and Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
The Remembrance Day commemorations are held annually at the Cenotaph to honour not just the British Allied personnel of World War I, but also those who were killed during World War II, prisoners of war who worked at the Thailand–Burma Railway, the Malayan Emergency, the subsequent re-insurgency and the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.
The Cenotaph War Memorial is open daily. Free admission.
Trip Suggestion : 15 minutes
Operating Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free
Address : Jalan Padang Kota Lama, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia