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Exploring the streets of George Town

Fort Cornwallis

Welcome to the American Express-Penang Heritage Trail. Fort Cornwallis stands at the very tip of the cape of George Town. Today, it is a privately-managed cultural venue which can be visited for a small admission fee. The ramparts overlook the harbour in the North Channel and the port activities which extend along the eastern waterfront. At the  northwestern point of the fort is a Dutch cannon from 1603, called the Seri Rambai. Local women place flowers on the barrel in supplication for improved fertility.

State Assembly Buildings
Along the southern side of the field or Padang, are the State Assembly buildings along Lebuh Light. This handsome ensemble of buildings with Greek porticos date from the mid-19th century, and formerly served as the Police Courts. From the Fort, you can walk along the Esplanade towards the City Hall which is just across the Padang. The Esplanade is popular among locals for evening strolls. At the City Hall end there is a seaside hawker centre.

City Hall

The majestic City Hall is the jewel in the Municipal Council's crown. The Council Chamber, where the 24 Municipal Councillors regularly convenue, is located on the ground floor. The small monument you see on the Esplanade is the Cenotaph, a memorial to victims of World War I.

Town Hall

The Town Hall, like the City Hall, has a balcony that overlooks the Padang. In olden days, the elite used to gather on the balconies of the Municipal Council buildings to view the processions and games held below. The exquisite 19th century fountain next to the Town Hall is one of Penang's many Victorian memorials, Koh Seang Tat, who donated the fountain, lived behind the Town Hall in a grand mansion which once stood at the site of the present Dewan Sri Pinang. He entertained the Duke of Edinburgh in 1869, and thereafter his residence was called Edinburgh House and the road leading to it was

named Duke road. From the fountain, follow the broad grey sidewalk, keeping to the right side  of Lebuh Light.

Penang
Heritage Trail

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FORT CORNWALLIS

CITY HALL

TOWN HALL

COURT BUILDINGS

STATE MUSEUM

YAP KONGSI

DR. SUN YAT SEN'S
PENANG BASE

SYED ALATAS MANSION

ACHEEN ST. MOSQUE

KHOO KONGSI

CHEAH KONGSI

This trail is sponsored by American Express Company
For more information please contact:

American Express (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Bangunan MAS,
Tingkat 2
Jalan Sultan Ismail
P.O. Box 12269
50772 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Penang Heritage Trust
Tel: 604 - 2813187

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