The Great Fortress of Penang, Fort Cornwallis was named after Charles Cornwallis, the Governor-General in Bengal in the late 1700s. This landmark is said to be as one of the most historical and fascinating in the city of Georgetown. It is situated just nearby the Esplanade and next to the Victoria Memorial Clock.
The wall of Fort Cornwallis was built approximately 10 feet high. It has a unique star-shaped formation which makes the layout interesting. Inside the building, the original architectural designs which were constructed more than a century ago can be seen clearly. The structures consist of prison cells, a chapel, ammunitions storage compound, a harbour light to signal the ships coming in, the original flagstaff as well as a few old bronze cannons.
One of the cannons was called the Seri Rambai which was dated back at 1603. Interestingly, according to local beliefs, the Seri Rambai cannon has a positive effect on a lady’s fertility.
Today, the Fort Cornwallis is privately managed. This ancient site is famous among many visitors. The management of Fort Cornwallis provides guides to those who desire to know more about the history of this building. Aside from that, it is also equipped with a café, a tourist information desk, a history gallery, an open-air amphitheatre as well as a souvenir centre.
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Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm.
Adult: RM 20.
Children: RM 10.
Adult: RM 10.
Children: RM 5.
Hear From Others
Fort Cornwallis, a colonial-era defensive structure, is still turning up archaeological surprises.
The Sun Daily
Fort Cornwallis is not only a historic icon of Penang’s history but a unique and precious architectural gem to the world.
Penang is indeed my hometown. Little did I know that there is actually a hidden gem inside Fort Cornwallis.
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