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War Museum in Kelantan Malaysia

War Museum (Bank Kerapu) | Kelantan, Malaysia

Kota Bahru War Museum

Bank Kerapu – War Museum in Kota Bharu

War Museum is one of the prominent landmarks in Kota Bahru. The museum is administered by State Museum Corporation in Kelantan, Malaysia. The Museum opens at 8.30 am in the morning and will close by 4.45pm.

It is open on all days except Friday. The museum houses the memory of the war in addition to the photographic collections, including HRH Sultan Ismail Petra, the Colonel in Chief of the Malaysian Royal Artillery Regiment during the war.

Kota Bahru War Museum
Kota Bahru War Museum

The museum displays the history of Kelantan – Thai relations before Independence. Visitors can also have a glimpse of the history of the Malaysian Police, followed by a premiere of the Malaysian Armed Force. The Museum even displays information regarding the British presence in the Manitoba area before and after the war.

Warplane Propeller
Warplane Propeller

The War Museum in Kelantan is located near the Islamic Museum. The museum signifies World War II Memorial, and some important historical events are displayed in the museum in chronological order from when the Japanese landed in 1939, including the events that led to the victory and end of the war.

The whole collection inside the museum has been carefully administered and well documented. The museum also displays interviews with villagers and locals who witnessed the landing of the Japanese on the Sabak beach. The museum also gives a detailed glimpse of the war heroes, the hardship faced by people, and the allied troupes.

Vintage Car
Vintage Car

If you move upstairs to the War Museum, you will see a huge selection of photos describing the accounts of ordinary people, such as Tok Janggut known to be a local revolutionary who was captured and executed by the Japanese. The museum also displays details regarding Mr. Chapman, who helped by supporting the local people, especially during the trying times since the war ended. Another unique centerpiece of attraction includes a typewriter with Jawi keys that represents earlier times when technology was not advanced.

The museum is one of the best places where visitors can glimpse the war history in the state of Kelantan. The museum building was constructed dating back to the year 1912, which makes it a century-old building. The building was constructed by Mercantile Bank in 1912.

The museum has an amazing collection of Japanese memorabilia and documents related to the Second World War. The whole museum can be visited within a maximum of two hours and is worth the visit. Several tour guides are available in Kelantan, offering assistance in visiting and describing the monuments and documents displayed in the museum.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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