The “Big Ben” of Penang

Probably everyone knows the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, but how about “the other one” atop the FMS Railway building — now known as Wisma Kastam ?  (They used to call the building “the railway station without a railway”)

As a mainlander in my childhood and youth days,  I knew of this one only.  Like a beacon, it  beckoned the arrival of passengers onboard the ferries.   I think sometimes we could hear the chimes, as the ferries closed in to dock at the terminal.

Those were the days when the skyline was reigned by beautiful colonial-architecture buildings and not uninspiring rectangular blocks of the later years.

One day I shall try to climb up the inside of this heritage-class icon, to see what makes it tick, literally.

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