Penang Happenings | Fort Cornwallis
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Fort Cornwallis


Fort Cornwallis is an 18th century star-shaped fort located in Penang’s capital city of George Town. Named after the late 18th century Governor-General of Bengal, India, Charles Marquis Cornwallis, it is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. The fort is located on the site where Captain Francis Light first set foot in Penang back in 1786 and eventually took possession of the island from the Sultan of Kedah, and as such, visitors are greeted with a statue of the Captain at the fort’s entrance. Inside the fort, you’ll find prison cells, barracks and several old bronze cannons, one of which is the Seri Rambai which has been popularly regarded as a fertility symbol.

Where to find

Address: Fort Cornwallis, Esplanade