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 recall, sometimes we could hear the chimes, as the ferries closed in to dock at the terminal, which was named Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda.

Those were the days when the skyline was reigned by beautiful colonial-architecture buildings and not dominated by ugly, uninspiring, nondescript rectangular blocks and towering concrete high-rises 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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