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"Fort Cornwallis - the joy of colonialism" Fort Cornwallis Tip by truesally

Fort Cornwallis, Penang: 27 reviews and 53 photos


It's a little weird exploring a point of interest that exists because of a dominant nation's exploits, and the tour is begun with a local dressed in a British colonial uniform. But the fort is historically interesting and does not put too heavy a sugar-coat on the experience for native Malaysians. The entry cost was about $3US each.
Our tour director was personable and fun, giving us a brief but interesting history of the fort before giving us a taste of a couple of Penang nut treats. Do this if you get the chance - first, you'll spread the nut paste in a leaf then roll it up & chew it like gum for a minute (slightly minty, numbs the mouth). The second option (my husband tried it and got a mild buzz) is smoking the leaf. Apparently these were popular leisure activities once upon a time.
Around the fort there are bunker-type rooms where you can see artifacts and read the history of the island. It's simple but informative, with some good stories/scandals thrown in. You can also wander around the Dutch cannon, which is situated to provide a nice view of the mainland.
Finally, there are a couple of artisans selling their wares. When we visited, there was a man painting scenes from the area and a woman making Batik clothing. The prices were not outrageous but about what you'd expect for souvenirs (I bought a tank top for about $9US; the paintings started at about $50US).

Address: Lebuhraya Light, In Georgetown
Directions: East side of town
Phone: +60 4-262 0202

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 2, 2006
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