Victoria Memorial Clocktower
This gleaming white tower topped by a Moorish dome was donated by a local Chinese millionaire to honour Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee...
Behind the Town Hall is the modern Pinang Gallery , with a rotating display of contemporary local art; it’s a hit-or-miss thing, but the...
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
This building rivals the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion as the most stunning restored residence in the city. Every door, wall and archway is...
Hip bar with a laidback attitude that features some live acts and hosts a pretty large – and mixed – expat and well-to-do local crowd....
Esplanade Food Centre
You can't beat the seaside setting of this food centre that's nestled right in the heart of Penang's colonial district. One side is...
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Fort Cornwallis information
For all its size, this fort isn’t particularly impressive; only the outer walls stand, enclosing a rather aged and spare park within. The fort is named for Charles Cornwallis, perhaps best known for surrendering at the Battle of Yorktown to George Washington, effectively ending the American Revolution. It was at the site of the fort that Captain Light first set foot on the virtually uninhabited island in 1786 and established the free port where trade would, he hoped, be lured from Britain’s Dutch rivals. Between 1808 and 1810 convict labour replaced the then-wooden building materials with stone. The star-profile shape of the walls allowed for overlapping fields of fire against enemies.