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 .
Create an itinerary including Old Protestant Cemetery
map
Old Protestant Cemetery Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
326 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • Visited this cemetery on a previous visit to Penang, but would recommend it to anyone interested in the rich history of this city and the early settlers.  more »
  • This is the place i enjoyed most in Penang. Off the tourist track, but lots of mosquito. Its fascinating with all the various tombs. A small hertiage cemetery with easy access.  more »
  • Peaceful, as you'd expect for a graveyard. Great history and I'm so glad places like this are protected. Walk along the road its on as this was known as millionairs row once due to the huge mansions h...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Lots of important local identities buried here. Great atmosphere. Was used as a location for the TV series Indian Summers.
Places to stay near Old Protestant Cemetery

Plan your trip to George Town

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Old Protestant Cemetery by other users

23 days in Malaysia BY A USER FROM INDIA June, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Penang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Penang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Penang Island BY A USER FROM KUWAIT June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Malaysia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Penang Island BY A USER FROM KUWAIT June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Penang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, relaxing, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Malaysia & Singapore BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 32 days in Malaysia, Singapore & Myanmar BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Malaysia BY A USER FROM NORWAY July, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Penang & Melaka BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Penang BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans