Old Protestant Cemetery, George Town

The crumbling gravestones and tombs of Old Protestant Cemetery mark the resting places of many significant figures in local history. Established in 1789, the graveyard lies in a grove of fragrant frangipani trees. Though many of the inscriptions are unreadable, those that remain reveal the names of British, Chinese, German, and at least one Armenian settler. At the end of the 20th century, restoration and conservation efforts helped clean the cemetery, which provides a historical context for visitors interested in learning more about the city's early development. To visit Old Protestant Cemetery and other attractions in George Town, use our George Town trip planner .
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  • The local people have already managed to break one of the historical entrances and I have no clue how long this place will last but see it if you can on your next visit  more »
  • Western cemeteries in Asian countries provide a fascinating glimpse of life for the early colonialists. Mostly a short life, halted by tropical diseases. It is hard to read the inscriptions on most of...  more »
  • An interesting look into the colonial past of Penang. Its fee and it is easy to get to. There were no other people around as well.  more »
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  • Makes me time travel and wonder how life could have been those days. What an amazement.
  • A quiet place, not many visitors here. Made for an interesting stroll through this place, reading the headstones. Some of those resting here passed away very young.
  • Tranquil and thought provoking corner of the city; well worth an hour or so on a hot afternoon. Enjoy the scent of the frangipanes as you wander through the headstones and ponder island life before air con and insect repellent. Many of Penang's founding fathers rest here, including Captain Francis Light. Highly recommended but avoid late afternoon - lots of mozzies!
  • Beautiful old cemetery with lizards living in the gravestones and a mass of mosquitos.
  • Interesting spot - check the language used on the graves - fascinating

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As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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