The wooden stockade that Captain Francis Light had assembled upon disembarking in 1786 was rebuilt almost two decades later ... More
The wooden stockade that Captain Francis Light had assembled upon disembarking in 1786 was rebuilt almost two decades later with convict labor into a major fort, much of which remains intact. Named after Charles Cornwallis, the Governor-General of India, in whose charge Penang was annexed, the fort was built to protect the island from French invasion. The bowels of the fort now contain a history gallery and a handicraft and souvenir shop. An open-air amphitheater frequently stages local music and dance performances.
Fort Cornwallis is well preserved and the visitor can take a journey through history with the opportunity to take photgraphs alongside an yesteryear soldier with his ancient weapon. It is an experiance to hold this heavy gun which I believe is at least 4 Kilos in weight. Taking a photograph against the Dutch cannon is also a privilege. It is an important site in Penang not to be missed by the traveller.
I would like to point out that the management has failed to ensure the safety of the patrons especially concerning the wild horses placed infront of the history galery. Catastrophe is waiting to happen as children who play there are prone to be kicked and stomped by these wild horese. My advice to holiday makers is to keep an eye on your children as the management has taken this matter for granted.
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This significant landmark, Penang Museum & Art Gallery, listed in the Penang Heritage Trail, houses permanent exhibits including photographs, maps,
antiques, furniture, documents, paintings and other relics showcasing Penang's culture and history. Exhibits and displays feature communities, customs, costumes ...
In the old days, craftsmen, artisans and carpenters newly arrived in Penang from Guangdong would call here before setting out
to look for work. The guild is also known in Chinese as the "Loo Pun" temple for worship of ...