Thursday, October 21, 2010

Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower @ Penang

This is not really a tourism venue but our "tour guide" stopped by here to let us take a look and he told us this is a very famous clock tower in Penang.

Yeap! It's the most iconic clock tower in Georgetown named Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. The tower was built by a Chinese tycoon named Cheah Chen Eok in 1897 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1897). This statement was carved on the structure itself.

The tower is 60 feet tall and it was to commemorate the 60th Queen Victoria's reign. This is not any coincidence but each foot represented each year of Queen's reign.

From the reading, the interesting fact I found out is that Queen Victoria never visit to Penang at that time and before the completion of the tower in 1902, she already passed away (1901).

Opposite the clock tower at the center of roundabout is a futuristic look metal sculpture which caught my attention. Heard it symbolizes "buah pinang" where Penang got its name from the plant.  

We just stopped there for couple of short minutes before continue our journey heading to Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Not much nice picture taken about the tower, so these are the best I got! ;)

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