Must See Fort Cornwallis, Penang, Malaysia

Fort Cornwallis, Penang is located very close to Royal Bintang Hotel where we stayed. So didn’t wish to give it a miss. The Fort isn’t anything spectacular but if history and historical objects and equipment interest you then Fort Cornwallis, Penang is definitely worth a visit. It is the oldest fort of Penang existing from 1786. Rulers then constructed this fort for defensive purpose against pirates, Kedah forces and even the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Fort Cornwallis Location

The fort stands on the site where Captain Francis Light first set foot in 1786. During 18th century Penang was a virtually-uninhabited island. Captain Francis Light took possession of the island from the Sultan of Kedah and established a free port to lure trade from Britain’s Dutch rivals. The ticket checker at the entrance was dressed in 17th century clothing. I think it is interesting and I like it when places of historic interest are spruced up along with people manning the place. A bronze statue of Captain Francis Light stands tall near Fort Cornwallis’ main entrance, making it an ideal spot for tourists to pose for pictures.

Today Fort Cornwallis is used to display some historical stories and events. It is a cute little place reminding you of British colonial days. I am impressed by the arrangements inside. A tiny fort yet maintained and presented so well. I wish some of the abandoned forts of India are spruced up in the same manner.

Explore Fort Cornwallis

Things that can interest you if you are keen in exploring the place:

  • The lighthouse, which is unique in its construction.
  • Panoramic view from the tower is worth the climb to its top.
  • Mini museum there displays several lighthouse artifacts like communication equipment and giant bulbs. These were used before GPS and satellite controlled gadgetry made them obsolete.

A place purely for history buffs.

Fort Cornwallis Tickets and Open timings (2015)

Adult : RM20.00, Children : RM10.00
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:30
Tel: +602 61 0262

Fort Cornwallis. Penang

Entrance Gate at Fort Cornwallis, Penang.

Guard at Fort Cornwallis Penang

The guard dressed in costume belonging to 17th century.



Fort Cornwallis, Penang


Captain Francis Light, Fort Cornwallis, Penang

Tourists posing with statue of Cornwallis.


Sky over Fort Cornwallis Penang



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34 Responses

  1. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, lovely series of images..The last two shots are my favorite… Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    i like the statue shot. 🙂

  3. Cloudia says:

    Thank You for explaining more about Penang. I was curious.

    I also wonder if non-Muslims (esp women) are welcomed in Malaysia? One fears to anger the Muslim people these days!

    ALOHA from Honolulu,

  4. Penang is safe Cloudia. I didn't feel any discrimination of being a non Muslim woman. :0 Happy travels to you!

    Thanks a lot for the comments friends!

  5. I want to go somewhere looking at your pictures!

  6. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful series of pictures, Indrani, as always!! Thank you for sharing!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!!

  7. magiceye says:

    Seems interesting. Lovely captures.

  8. It looks like a hot day.

  9. alicesg says:

    Lovely. Hope you get to eat Penang Laksa. Have a good trip.

  10. A nice Narrative well described with relevant Photos!

  11. Great place and pics:)

  12. Pretty shots! I really like the sky shot with all the birds.

  13. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely series of shots.

  14. The last one is amazingly beautiful!

  15. Cloudia says:

    Thank you, Indrani!

  16. Antonina says:

    Great series, beautiful photo with birds! Have a great weekend !

  17. The fourth pic is so pretty!

  18. Wonderful pics. Capture of birds is superb 🙂

  19. Mridula says:

    Anything next to the hotel is worth exploring. How thrilling to have a fort next to it!

  20. Hi Indrani… A very nice post and images as always .
    Loved the Indian touch given to the statue :p
    I so agree with you in appreciating the ticket checker in costume .. In India such histotical references are generally lost but in Ponficherry I saw red n white french Kepis still as a part of police uniform !

  21. I wish to travel like you do. 🙂

  22. fredamans says:

    I love that last shot with all the birds!

  23. With all my love for history, I wish to be here! 🙂
    Didn't visit the place during our journey to Malaysia years ago.

  24. How well maintained this old fort is. Reminds me of our own forts in Maharashtra.

  25. Najm Nisa says:

    I have never been to Malaysia but this one is going in my must visit list when I get a chance to fly to the pics 🙂

  26. A very serene place. Loved the last picture.

    Please correct the type in first line.

  27. Thank you Saru for the correction. 🙂

  28. Jeevan says:

    Well maintained fort! Inviting gateway for a stroll

  29. beautiful post , beautiful pics !

  30. vatsala mallya says:

    Lovely pics. And such a serene well maintained surrounding ! Very beautiful

  31. Yogi Saraswat says:

    Your presentations is very effective Indrani ji . Great Pictures !!

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