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Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis marks the starting point where Francis Light landed in Penang in 1786, is one of the unique features of the historical monuments in George Town. The fort’s walls, roughly 10 feet high, are laid out in a star-shape formation. Inside the fort, you can still see some of the original structures built over a century ago, including a chapel, prison cells, ammunitions storage area and several old bronze cannons, one of which is a Dutch cannon called the Seri Rambai, dated 1603. An interesting story about the Seri Rambai is that some locals believe that this particular cannon can have a positive effect on a woman’s fertility. Today, this privately managed historical site is popular among visitors. It is equipped with a tourist information kiosk, a cafe, an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery, a souvenir centre and etc.