Tuesday, May 11, 2010

City Hall, Esplanade,Penang - Release 214

Thursday, October 29, 2009
City Hall, Esplanade & Fort Cornwallis.

City Hall, Esplanade. (2)

The City Hall is another fine example of a well-preserved colonial building from tge heyday of the British empire. A short stroll from this building is the SArt Gallery which is located in Dewan Sri Penang. The Art Gallery contains some fine prints of Penang in the early days. Art Gallery opening hours 9.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.

*Fort Cornwallis. (2)

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, cafĂ© as 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 the life and activities at that time. Within the fort there is and old soldier’s tent in a campsite. There are some interactive displays of warfare engaged during the colonial days. Opening hours 8.30am – 6.30pm. Admission fee: RM3.00 (adult) RM2.00 (children)

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