Monday, October 26, 2015

Fort Cornwallis, Penang

Fort Cornwallis was named after Governor-General of Bengal in the end of 1700 century, Charles Cornwallis. It became one of the landmarks in Georgetown, Penang. Fort Cornwallis is located near the Esplanade, adjacent to the Victoria Memorial Clock. 

The Fort walls as high as approximately 10 feet was built in the form of stars. The travel around this fortress takes about 10 minutes. In this Fort, you can see the remaining of the old structure built in the past centuries such as a chapel, prisons, keeping weapons area, lighthouse lamps that had been used to warn ships, flags and some the old bronze cannons which one of them is a Dutch cannon, known as Seri Rambai, dated 1603. Some interesting information regarding the Seri Rambai Cannon is that some locals believe it can provide positive effects on the fertility of women.

This historic place that being managed privately are popular among the visitors. It is equipped with a tourist information kiosk, a café, Open Hall, Historical Gallery, Souvenir Centre as well as tourist guides that can bring you visiting Fort area while giving descriptions of its history.

Statue of Sir Francis Light

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