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Old Protestant Cemetery

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Address: Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shan, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia

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For history buffs

This cemetery has several of the original founders and traders of early Penang. Of interest to me me was the grave of Capt. Francis Light, the founder of Georgetown... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Victor Harbor, Australia
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Victor Harbor, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cemetery has several of the original founders and traders of early Penang. Of interest to me me was the grave of Capt. Francis Light, the founder of Georgetown, who is the father of Col. William Light who surveyed and layed out the city of Adelaide in south Australia our hometown. If you prepared more information prior to your visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definately a place for history lovers. HEadstones from the eariest days of Penang and reflect the tough conditions faced by those early settlers. One note on the introduction points out that the average age of the cenetray was 28 years old. I enjoyed it...but then I love colonial history.

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Thank Philippo A
Penang
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Been here a few times. It's a small cemetery but Francis Light is here too. Look for him in the middle of the yard where there's several tombs together. His tomb is a little tucked in the middle. The atmosphere is very nice, renovations were several years back done by PHT and I think they did a very good job

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Penang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

As nice place to visit to learn about History. Its not as creepy as other cemetery. They also have group session walks with PHT.

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Thank Eva P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Its a very beautiful cemetery. Would be nice to include this in your cycling trip. When I got here, it rained. Fortunately there was a dimsum stall next door for some tea.

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Thank Wei Jie T
George Town, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

But not so safe we are just 2 lady and when we walk till the end we saw a man hiding behind the low wall fence and we force to quickly leave this place we didn't manage to find SIR FRANCIS LIGHT grave,what a waste and disappointed. i hope at least there should have a GUARD be in front of... More 

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Thank leneme
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Very close to the E&O Hotel. Interesting to see the old tombstones, very shaded by frangipani trees which was lovely.

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Original cemetery, contains some interesting remains, Most interesting to me was that of Thomas Leonowens, husband of Anna, (King and I fame).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Not too far from center, it was nice to walk around the tombstones. They are quite old, you can see different ones, and there is a useful explanation at the entrance. Nice to come back on Lebuh Farquhar to see the big historic eastern and oriental hotel (go check the sea and view from the little seaside walk at the... More 

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Perhaps a bit run down, but it does appear that some restoration work is underway. A fascinating peek into Penang's history, and many of the gravestones are very descriptive. In one case a son died, and the parents also with a day of the son's death, and all caused by "jungle fever." Many it appears died young.

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