Fort Cornwallis

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Built by Captain Francis Light following his settlement of Penang Island (then known as Prince of Wales Island), the fort was established in 1786. When news of war between France and England broke out in 1793, the original wooden structure was replaced with a brick building in anticipation of an attack. Its fortifications and weapons increased as the years went by, including the addition of a lighthouse in 1914. Dilapidation of the fort began at the end of World War II, however it has since been restored and declared a National Heritage site in 1976. Thanks to its rich history, the fort also played a crucial role in securing George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008.

More information on the fort can be found here.

Travelling here: 12 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm (Closed on Sundays)

Entrance fee:

  • Malaysian: MYR10/adult
  • Non-Malaysian: MYR20/adult

Tip: To avoid the scorching sun, you might want to consider coming here early in the morning or during the evening.