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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    Wow! To finally be in the vicinity of where my Great Grandfather may be buried! James Hancock died 30/04/1884 at Teluk Anson and was transported to Penang for burial. We scaled a wall as the gates wer...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It's not a huge cemetery but we spent a good half hour wandering around the graves and reading some of the very sad stories of the people who are buried here. It was interesting to see the grave of th...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    It looked unloved and uninviting... I went to go in, but as the wall was falling down, the "lawn" unattended... I felt like it was not at welcoming  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    Makes me time travel and wonder how life could have been those days. What an amazement.
  • January 22, 2017
    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.
  • February 24, 2017
    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!
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful old cemetery with lizards living in the gravestones and a mass of mosquitos.
  • February 24, 2017
    Interesting spot - check the language used on the graves - fascinating

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