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Old Protestant Cemetery, George Town

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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. Make Old Protestant Cemetery a centerpiece of your George Town vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our George Town vacation trip planner.
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  • Our guided tour stopped at the cemetery. There we could see the whole early history of the area. Particularly we were able to see the grave of Sir Francis Light who founded George Town and the colony ...  more »
  • Interesting old cemetery that's worth a wander. Also a great way to get out of the heat and bustle of Penang.  more »
  • Visiting this cemetery was so interesting and reading the inscriptions on the legible tombs of lives that had been lost through illness and disease and tragedy by early travellers making the town what...  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!
  • Interesting spot - check the language used on the graves - fascinating
  • Another good place to explore in Penang for history lover.