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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Prem Joshua and His Band in Penang

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