09:20 07/07/2013 Our eyes jut out in disbelief of what we just saw. An old fort with crumbling bricks and dingy cannons. Fort Cornwallis looks odd and stale but somehow it gave us that “historical” fervor feeling. If you’ve ardent reader of this blog, you know our proclivity when it comes to historical places such as this decrepit old fort. We’d rather skip a museum in favor of a shabby historical structures. We entered the old fort in jovial manner with exaggerated smirk.
Temporary elation ceased when an old guy hollered us to pay the entrance fee after walking incessantly. All we thought it was free, but we don’t mind shelling out four 1 ringgit crisp bills (2RM each) for the sake of rehabilitation and maintenance of the fort.
|It’s been said his facial features on this statue much resemble of his son William Light|
The bronze statue of Sir Francis Light in Fort Cornwallis commemorates his landing on the island, 11th of August 1786. He was known as founder of British Colony of Penang and it’s capital Georgetown.
|Cannons on 45 Deg facing Penang Bay|
After a short introduction of Sir Francis Light we head straight to the main attraction of Fort Cornwallis, no other than the dingy cannons.
The whitewash bunker at the fort served as a gunpowder room which more look like a military barracks or a bomb shelter.
We sneaked and got inside the gunpowder room like kids playing hide and seek. It simulates like a prison. The rusty structure made it more eerie not to mention it’s unpleasant odor. Our heart beats faster and have that indescribable feeling after a minute or two. We zoomed out as faster as we could and never look back. Blame it to claustrophobia!