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The Street That Tells The Great History of Penang

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Built between 1808 and 1810, Fort Cornwallis is situated on the Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah road which is actually the esplanade. Its main cannon, Seri Rambai, was originally from Johor but ended up in Penang in the 17th Century.

Come evening, diners who throng the Kompleks Makanan Medan Renong here for scrumptious mee udang, pasembur, satay, mee tom yam, sup kambing and many others.

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Esplanade Penang

Kissed by sea breezes and lulled by the lapping of the sea waves, the esplanade also boasts of a cenotaph dedicated to those who died in World War I. At the eastern end of the esplanade is the four-tiered 20-metre high Victoria Memorial Clock Tower (1897).

Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah Road
Penang City Hall

Victoria Memorial Clock Tower
Clock Tower

The attractions along the Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah street are perfect subjects for testing your photographing skills. The esplanade and the famous clock tower are some of the most photographed landmarks in Penang. Therefore, if you plan to visit the Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah street, don’t forget to take along your camera.

You can take your family here. There is a nearby field by the name of Padang Kota Lama which is a perfect place for family activities ranging from kite flying to picnic. At the same time, you can appreciate the majestic white-washed Penang City Hall located nearby. This building has been restored and turned into a government building.

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