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Old Protestant Cemetery

Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shan, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #12 of 43 Attractions in George Town
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The cemetery sounds like a strange place to visit, but it contains the tombs of many of the founders of modern day Penang; remember that Penang was populated before Light came here, despite what some guide books claim. It is interesting to read the inscriptions, some sad, others unintentionally amusing. An interesting way in which to spend say 45 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Already visiting here few times already.Now still under renovations to make it nicer to walk thru the cemetery.Founder of penang island Captain Francis light tombstone is located middle of the cemetery.It's hard to find it but it worth a walk.Recommended to come here if you like sleepy hollow movie because it feel like it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Quite an insight into the bravery and fortitude of those pioneers who were the first Westerners to venture into the unknown as so many died of diseases long stamped out in today's world. As another reviewer mentioned you can gain access at the back while the front entrance is closed due to works. It is cool and shady and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although the entrance is closed due to works, you can still gain entry at the back of the cemetery. As with other European or British cemeteries of the 19th century in Asia (I visited that in Macao last week) it's a fascinating vignette of a vanished world and we'll worth a visit (apply insect repellent before visiting however!)

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