Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower
Just as the name applauses, the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is an evidence to Penang’s royal influences. Back in 1897, a local millionaire named Cheah Chen Eok commissioned the Clock Tower. It is to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. To represent the Queen’s 60-year of reign, the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower was built 60ft-high.
It is situated south of Fort Cornwallis and during the time, it was constructed at a cost of 35,000 Straits dollars. The shiny whitewashed tower is crowned by a splendid Moorish Dome. This structure consists of four tiers. The base of it is octagon-shaped and the following two tiers contain another four individual sections. They possess detailed windows, terraces as well as a functioning clock on both sides. As for the top tier, it is rounded off with stunning Roman pillars and finished with a golden dome cupola. Also, the six steps going up to the main entrance symbolizes the number of decades of Queen Victoria’s reign.
An interesting fact about the clock tower: due to the impact of bombs dropped during World War II, The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower leans slightly to one side, just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Image by Don Wong.
No admission into the tower.
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Founded in 1986, the Penang Heritage Trust organizes enthralling tours which highlight the heritage areas. Guides are passionate and knowledgeable as well as equipped with information only the locals can provide.