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Postcard A La Carte: Malaysia - Lighthouses in Peninsular Malaysia

Posted: 07 Oct 2011 12:52 AM PDT

Lighthouse postcards of Peninsular Malaysia printed by Jabatan Laut Malaysia (Marine Department). There are 11 lighthouse postcards and thanks to Ni-san of Malaysia, I collected 8 of them.

Postcard 1 - Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, Penang island
Standing tall at 21 meters high, the metal frame tower was built in 1882 during the British era when Penang was part of the Straits Settlements. Its light can be seen from 16 nautical miles. It is located at the northeast of Penang island at the Esplanade in downtown George Town and I have seen it quite often.

Postcard 2 - Muka Head Lighthouse, Penang Island
Located at the northwestern tip of Penang island. The grey granite tower at 14 meters tall. It was built in 1883 at a cost of 37,929 British pounds and one of the most difficult shore lighthouse to visit.

Postcard 3 - Rimau Island Lighthouse, off Penang island
Built in 1885, it serves to mark the southern entrance to Penang and able to direct seaman from a distance of 22 nautical miles.

Postcard 4 - Bukit Jugra Lighthouse, Selangor
Bukit Jugra Lighthouse is built in 1986 to assist ships coming in and out of Port Klang and constructed at cost of RM598,670.

Postcard 5 - Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse - Cape Rachado, Melaka
Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse is commissioned in 1863 and the oldest lighthsoue in Malaysia and marked a narrow area in the Straits of Malacca. It was built at a cost of 69,442.36 British pounds by the British. Its history dated back to when the Portuguese captured Melaka in 1511. Tanjung Tuan is an enclave of the State of Melaka and I think it is a postcard mistake to print it as part of Negri Sembilan.

Postcard 5 - Pulau Undan Lighthouse, Melaka
Built in 1880, it was the second lighthouse established in Malaya. The lighthouse has unique shape and color, bright octagonal red atop Undan Island, off Melaka mainland.

Postcard 7 - Bukit Segenting Lighthouse, Johor
The tower was designed by Japanese expert Tsukinuki. Commissioned on March 16,1976 atop Segenting Hill at a cost of 27,045,817 yen.

Postcard 8 - Tanjung Gelang Lighthouse, Pahang
Sitting on top of Tanjung Geland Hill, this 7 meters tower houses a light visible from a distance of 25 nautical miles with lighting equipment costing RM 619,950. Unlike the other 7 lighthouses above along the Straits of Malacca, this lighthouse faces the South China Sea.

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