03 Mar Jubilee Clock Tower
At the corner of Light Street and Beach Street in George Town, visitors will happen to come upon an imposing, 60-feet clock tower serving as a roundabout.
The Jubilee Clock Tower, also known as the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, is one of George Town’s most iconic locations, having being built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of the same year.
Built in Moorish-style architecture, each feet that rises above the tower represents a year of Queen Victoria’s reign. On the Light Street side, the lower east corner of Fort Cornwallis can be seen in the tower’s background, which creates a dramatic scene when walking down Beach Street towards Light Street. An egg-shaped modern sculpture occupies a roundabout opposite the clock tower, to create a striking combination of old-vs-new art within the shifting George Town landscape.
In a final testament to George Town’s enduring legacy with British Colonial and Malaysian history, the clock tower has a slight tilt to its structure due to it being bombed during WWII, a sign of its endurance and refusal to disappear from George Town’s colloquial culture.
Where to find
Lebuh Light, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia