For travellers who have an affinity for classic architectural styles, beginning your day with a visit to the over-a-century-old moat of Fort Cornwallis (also known as Kota Cornwallis in Malay) located in Georgetown, Penang, would be an excellent starting point. The fort is built on the site where the British, led by Captain Francis Light, first landed in Pulau Pinang to take possession of the island in 1786.
Fort Cornwallis, under the premier historic structure restoration project, is set to be reinstated before it is open to the public in 2025. According to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, the Fort Cornwallis restoration project was an important component of the ‘North Seafront Master Plan’.
The initial phase of the project involves the restoration of the ‘L’ shaped moat, a significant historical feature and defensive structure of the fort from its prime days during the British era in 1804.
The estimated width of the moat surrounding the Fort Cornwallis is around 9 to 20 meters and was built using granite and brick. The moat of this fortress will be filled with water, complete with a filtration system that will guarantee the cleanliness of this area.
The renovation of the moat also involves the enhancement of a nearby food court named Astaka Kota Selera, situated close to Fort Cornwallis. The food court will undergo a modern and eco-friendly redesign. This renewed food court will comprise 26 stalls. The existing stalls will be temporarily moved to the playground area next to the field throughout the construction phase. This arrangement is intended to ensure the continuous operation of the food court’s business activities without disruption.
This initiative demonstrates the Penang state government’s dedication to improving its historic sites, establishing a hub for preserving historical information and transforming it into a renowned tourist destination.
Exploring the historical landmarks in Penang provides a valuable opportunity, catering to tourists seeking insights into the historical importance of the area and individuals looking to cultivate an appreciation for the nation’s heritage while engaging in outdoor recreational activities.