The 60 Feet Jubilee Clock Tower In Penang

The 60 Feet Jubilee Clock Tower In Penang

After our visit to Fort Cornwallis which is the oldest structure in Penang, we made a quick pit stop to snap some photos with the iconic Jubilee Clock Tower. Of course some may call this must-visit landmark as Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. Yupe! It is a top attraction in Georgetown, Penang, so you will surely see a lot of tourists standing in front of this majestic structure to have their portraits taken.

The 60 Feet Jubilee Clock Tower In Penang

Jubilee Clock Tower Is Queen Victoria Tower

So why was this Jubilee Clock Tower built in the first place? For the uninitiated, it was constructed under the command of a local millionaire called Cheah Chen Eok. He built this tower in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. So how tall is this building? It stands 60-feet tall with each foot actually representing a year of the Queen's 60 years' of reign.

Why is the Jubilee Clock Tower Leaning to one side?

Why Jubilee Clock Tower Is Leaning To One Side

It is worth mentioning that this 60-feet Jubilee Clock Tower is a proof that Penang was once royally connected to the British empire. The tower is built on King Edward's Place in Georgetown and it is the a destination that many will include in their itinerary to Penang. Here's something that not many could see with their naked eyes. Do you know that the Jubilee Clock Tower is actually leaning to one side? Want to know why? This happened "thanks" to impact from bombs dropped around the tower during World War II.

Jubilee Clock Tower is also known as Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

Who Built Jubilee Clock Tower

Are your surprised to discover that the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is leaning to one side just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Honestly I only found out about this after scrutinizing my photos. Back then Cheah Chen Eok paid Straits dollars to erect the magnificent tower complete with a Moorish dome. The tower consists of 4 distinct tiers with the octagon-shaped base followed by two tiers with embellished balconies and windows. There is even a working clock on each side. Roman pillar hold the topmost tier with an exquisite golden dome cupola.

Exquisite golden dome cupola at the top

When was Jubilee Clock Tower Built Why


The Jubilee Clock Tower looks stunning at night

Jubilee Clock Tower Penang Night View


Lastly there are 6 steps leading up to the main entrance. Can you guess why 6? Yes to denote Queen Victoria's 60 years of ruling of course. So have you taken your photos with this historic building in Penang? If not, make sure you include this 60 feet Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower in your itinerary when during your next vacation to Penang. This Jubilee Clock Tower is arguably one of the must visit attractions as it connects us with the past.

How to get to Jubilee Clock Tower



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  1. Thank you for the history lesson. Didn't know any of the facts you shared here.

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    1. Now you know. There are so much that we don't know about world right?

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  2. Oh? Been to Penang many ties, never saw this!

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  3. Oh gosh, I never know the existence of this tourist spot!

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    1. Perhaps it is not as popular as the other tourist spots in Penang.

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  4. Old ppl last time said it was built to stop the lion statues at Kwan Ying temple to come alive at night, I'm not shitting you. lol.

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    1. Are you being serious? I wonder how does that work? So those lion statues are evil?

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  5. I must say that the 1st photo of the clouds above the clock tower is so amazing and beautiful like cotton candy. I know you didn't photoshop it. LOLOL'

    I am going back to my hometown Penang next week with permit to cross daerah.

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    1. You are welcome. Hopefully you will find this useful and share it.

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