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Old Protestant Cemetery

Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shan, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #33 of 129 things to do in George Town
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Located along Northam Road, opposite the E&O Hotel, this is the oldest Christian cemetery in Penang. The earliest grave here is that of Captain Francis Light. Check out the graves of noteworthy figures of Penang's early years here. A wealth of history can be learnt from the headstones. A lot of frangipani trees are planted here. The cemetery should be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We joined the excellent guided tour provided by a volunteer from the local historical society. He was charming, his talk drew on a fund of detailed knowledge and a commitment to Penang's diverse history, and we came away both entertained and informed. An unguided visit would have been so satisfying. There is a good street market nearby. If you go,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

But there are plenty of nice folks that can point you in the right direction. And the front gate was locked, but the back gate was open!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A really interesting place to visit. We found the gates open as we'd gone in the morning - just make sure you go to the 'newer' looking gates. I can only repeat what others have said - amazingly poignant and evocative of the difficulties early visitors faced. One headstone had a poor family burying 4 babies over a period of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Looked forward to visiting this but disappointed to find both gates locked up at 6pm when we arrived. We asked in the restaurant opposite and they said had been closed for months and that most people just climbed over the gate. We did, and had an enjoyable time. We had picked up a leaflet earlier in the Heritage Centre at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This place I found to be a very poignant record of the people and lives of the early pioneers and Empire builders. By reading the inscriptions it is easy to imagine the heartbreak and tragedies that befell those people like the man who buried his wife who died on ship just 8 days of short of her scheduled arrival at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

As previous reviewers said: many of the headstones have inscriptions telling a little story about the people buried there. It's very interesting for getting a feel for the sorts of people who lived here and how they died, like the stoker "accidentally drowned" or the parents and son who all died of "jungle fever" within 24 hours of each other.... More 

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India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

a cemetery with nothing special that may beckon you inside. we passed it a few times but didn't go inside. you can anyway see it from outside.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Whatever you do don;t miss this extraordinary place on yoru vsit to Georgetown. The design of the tombs, many above ground, are exceptional and it sits in a beautful tree lined setting. Very very photogenic and I felt like I really understood what an amazing place Penang had once been

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I randomly came across this and decided to check it out for the shade. There was a little map inside that indicates the graves of a number of prominent people, like Francis Light (founder of Penang). It's nothing special and I wouldn't go out of my way, but a nice 10-15min diversion if you happen upon it.

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