standing fortification in Malaysia, Fort Cornwallis stands proudly at the
(believed) point where Captain Francis Light landed in 1786, and proclaimed
Penang a British settlement.
passing of time, Fort Cornwallis welcomed many additions to its premises,
including a chapel, an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery and centre that
offer souvenirs and handicrafts for sale.
The fort was
proclaimed an Ancient Monument and Historic Site un 1977, and has since become
one of Penang’s most sought-after tourist destinations.
example of the extraordinary fusion of cultures in Malaysia is Penang’s hawker
food. Prepared by street vendors, highlights include Penang laksa (spicy coconut noodle soup), nasi kandar (mixed rice with curries) and rojak (a fruit and vegetable mix dipped in peanut sauce).