Sunday, May 9, 2010


Passed by the clock tower on the way to Dewan Sri Pinang (Sri Pinang Hall) for a cousin's wedding reception yesterday. 

After attending the reception, just could not resist the temptation to have a closer look at the clock tower which I must have passed by many times during visits to Penang. 

Spent about 15 minutes looking at various perspectives to get better shots of this magnificent clock tower.

The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower situated at the roundabout of Jalan Tun Syed Sheikh  Barakbah,  Lebuh Light and Lebuh Pantai near the Ferry Terminal is a majestic structure of 60 feet consisting of four tiers. Its Moorish dome at the top tier resembles a mosque minaret from far.

Built in 1897 by the British administrators then to commemorate the diamond jubilee of HM Queen Victoria's reign as the Queen of England, the clock tower has withstood the test of time and today stands proudly as a British legacy to the Penang island rich history.

The construction cost amounting to Straits Settlement Dollars of 35,000 was borne by Mr Cheah Chen Eok, a local Chinese tin miner turned philanthropist. The princely sum is considered a fortune at that time.

I reckon the amount was well spent as the tourist dollars that rolled in since then have contributed much to the prosperity of Penang.

 The next time you're in Penang do stop by the clock tower to witness yourself this delightful heritage. Oh yes, the clock still tells the correct time.

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