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Fort Cornwallis, George Town
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See a landmark example of colonial British architecture at Fort Cornwallis. Named after the then-governor general of Bengal, the fort was built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. Constructed to cope with cannon fire, the fort utilizes the star design popularized in Italy during the mid 15th century, yet it has never seen battle. Now a museum, the site offers a wealth of information regarding British colonial presence in the area, notable fortified architecture, and a striking 21 m (69 ft) skeletal steel lighthouse. Use our George Town vacation planner to add Fort Cornwallis and other attractions to your George Town vacation plans.
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  • We enjoyed this area over the years, the fort itself is well miantained, giving you a real feel of how the people of the time lived and work, loads of info as you go around the fort and the staff as y...  more »
  • This attraction is located next to the Esplanade, a huge park. Near to it also are two beautiful colonial buildings that appeared to be government buildings. I took some pictures of the Fort and its c...  more »
  • We found the entrance way overpriced for what it is and the discovery of the site is frankly disappointing
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  • Not much to see at all. Not worth the money. Just walk around the fort from the outside. You won't miss much. But you'll save 20rm
  • Poor value for the cost of admission. All of the exhibits on the side where the prison cells were were either missing and/or under construction. There are much better things to see and do in Kota Kinabalu.
  • It doesn't take long to go through the whole attraction, some very scenic spots for photos and view of the sea. The coffee shop here is wonderful. I just admit I do find entry fees a bit steep. Come only in sunny days to maximise enjoyment.
  • Perfect place for reminiscent / learn historical texts (buku sejarah). One of the earliest settlement of colony malaya.
  • Completly dissapointed. Seriously we need to pay for this? Don't lose your time and money... is better from outside. Nothing to do and see inside. So sad :/