Penang Historic Buildings

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Penang Attractions – Penang Historic Buildings, Monuments & Forts

 

o     St George’s Church: Built with convict labour in 1818, it is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The entrance of this stately Anglican Church named after the patron saint of England, features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.

 

Opening hours: 8.00am to 12.00noon

Admission is free

 

o     Fort Cornwallis: The fort was built on the site of Francis Light’s historic landing in 1786. Originally a wooden stockade, it was replaced by a concrete structure built by convicts in 1804.

Today an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery, cafe as well as a handicraft and souvenir centre occupies the interior, it houses the famous Dutch cannon presented to the Sultan of Johor by the Dutch which was brought to
Penang after being looted by the Portuguese. The statue of Sir Francis Light guards this old fort along with some ancient cannons that stand among the ruins. Ushers dressed in old empire-style costumes offer a glimpse of life and activities at that time. Within the fort there is an old soldier’s tent in a campsite. There are some interactive displays of warfare engaged during the colonial days.

 

Opening hours: 8.30am to 6.30pm 

Admission fee: RM3.00 (adult)

RM2.00 (children).

 

o     City Hall, Esplanade: The City Hall is another example of a well-preserved colonial building from the heyday of the British empire. A short stroll from this building is the Art Gallery which is located in Dewan Sri Pinang. The Art Gallery contains some fine prints of Penang in the early das.

 

Art Gallery opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission is free.

 

o     Pinang Peranakan Mansion: This mansion contains some richly ornate artifacts relating to the history and colourful lifestyle of the Baba Nonya people of Penang. There are lovely old porcelain pieces, furniture and works of art brought in from China and Europe which were specially commissioned by the Baba and Nyonya families and handed down through the generations. There are also displays of their ornate traditional costumes and accessories.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm  

Admission fee: RMI0.00 (adult)

Admission is free (Children below 12 years old).

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