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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. To visit Old Protestant Cemetery and other attractions in George Town, use our George Town trip planner.
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  • Many of the colonial settlers are buried here and I spent an interesting hour wandering around this shady place. Sad to read how many of the settlers died young and lost so many children to malaria.....  more
    Many of the colonial settlers are buried here and I spent an interesting hour wandering around this shady place. Sad to read how many of the settlers died young and lost so many children to malaria.....  more »
  • Just pass through it if the weather is nice and you want to take a stroll before/after visiting the Eastern & Oriental Hotel which is nearby; nothing to see really. Not worth more than 5 mins of your....  more
    Just pass through it if the weather is nice and you want to take a stroll before/after visiting the Eastern & Oriental Hotel which is nearby; nothing to see really. Not worth more than 5 mins of your....  more »
  • I wanted to visit this site ever i came to know about it ages ago, alway intrigue by such site, especially if it holds historic stories. The main path was well maintain with a lot of frangipani... 
    I wanted to visit this site ever i came to know about it ages ago, alway intrigue by such site, especially if it holds historic stories. The main path was well maintain with a lot of frangipani...  more »
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  • Nice original cemetery of Penang. Interesting reading the headstones on this cool space amongst the trees. Famous people of the island buried here. Not all of them are Westerners. So many of them died so young in teens 20s and 30s. Some made it to their 80s. An amazing feat for the time.
  • This should be a to-go spot for sociological and historical enthusiasts. It is a conglomeration of the pioneer colonial members in the island of Penang. The diverse group of permanent residents in this cemetery is an interesting evidence of the cosmopolitanism of Penang. You can complement your trip with the expensive 2-volume book by Marcus Langdon (available in bookstore around the town). You could develop better understanding after dwelling into the bibliography & historiography former Penang. Apart from Francis Light, the Scottish journalist JR Logan also caught my attention. Founders of heritage school in the island rest here too.
  • Worth a visit if you're interested in British Colonial history as most of the graves relate to British colonists who died in the 19th Century. It's a real slice of history and a place of peace and tranquility. Always moving to read some of the epitaphs writing for loved ones lost. You will find the grave if Captain Francis Light here, the Founder of the British Colony.
  • Here contains, among others, the tomb of Captain Francis Light, who founded colonial Penang in 1786 and died from malaria at 54, in 1794.
  • 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.

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