Oct 7, 2013

4 Penang : A Tour Of Fort Cornwallis

A walk back in time ~ that's how it felt like. Jen and I made our way to Fort Cornwallis from Queen's Street. It was a short ten minutes away. I've been here several times but never tire of each visit.

The Entrance to Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis was built in 1786 by Sir Francis Light. Today, it is a neatly kept tourist haunt for history buffs.

RM2 per entry

A quaint little chapel sits inside the grounds of the fort. I love the simplicity of the structure but wished it could have been refurbished for a fresher feel. 

Imagine wild flowers adorning the sides of the building. You walk into a brightly lit room decorated with paintings of olden day everyday activities to give you an idea what went on in the past. A pew here and there for tourists to sit and reflect, and little baskets of roses to air the room naturally with lovely scents. A little air-conditioning. How's that for imagination.

As one of the oldest buildings in Penang, it is highly unappreciated for its value.

The Neglected Chapel

These cubicles were originally barracks to soldiers in artillery before being converted into prison cells. Now, it is a history gallery.

Shelter For The Brave

The History of Fort Cornwallis

Another unique structure that stands in the fort is the gunpowder magazine, a bunker that I find fairly exciting to enter because it makes me feel like I'm about to discover long lost hidden treasure. It's a good spot for a photo snap, especially if you stand by the window while a friend takes a pic of you from the outside.

I believe this bunker has been decorated with replicas of olden day weaponry before. It is bare now. Aah..but I am just being a typical tourist.

Into Lower Ground

Nippon paint, anyone?

My favourite part of the fort are the cannons that is stationed along the wall, facing the sea. The scenic view lures me.

Below is a photo of the beautiful Seri Rambai cannon, a gift from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor. There is something magical about this cannon. It is said that women who find it hard to conceive will be blessed with child if they place flowers on the barrel of the cannon. Others say you have to place it inside the cannon. How true? We'll have to ask those who actually did it.

Seri Rambai Cannon

Close-up Of A Carving On The Cannon


  1. Been to Penang but never been to this fort. Like you said, from the pictures it does feel like walking back in time. But it does give me some goosebumps especially that lower ground room. ;)

    1. I found the chapel a little scary ~ pretty dark and empty in there..lol! ^.^

  2. wonderful pictures we been there too.. nice place


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