Fort Cornwallis stands tall as one of the prominent landmarks in Penang. Located at Esplanade, it features a fort built in the 18th century by British East India Company. This significant fort was one of the presence of British colonization back in the olden days.
The fort was built facing the straits of Penang with cannons pointing towards the straits to cast out any would be intruder. With a land area of 417.6 square feet, the fort holds army quarters, ammunitions store, prison and an administrative office. Fort Cornwallis has witnessed the change of Penang and still stands strong today, bearing witness as Penang moves into a new era.
Today Fort Cornwallis houses events such as concerts, state sponsored events and festive celebrations. It also serve as a museum to continue telling the story of its past. On the rear of the fort houses the skeletal steel light house, it is one of the oldest light houses in Malaysia. Next to the fort is a big field which local penangites know as esplanade. On weekends, this is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. For history hunters and those who seek to experience colonial history, Fort Cornwallis should not be missed.