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“Forget the mosquitoes and have a look”

Old Protestant Cemetery
Ranked #13 of 148 things to do in George Town
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This has to be one of the most evocative colonial cemeteries in the world. Just wander in, try and forget the mosquitoes, and have a look at the inscriptions on the graves. If they don't bring a tear to your eye, you are hard of heart indeed. And Francis Light, the founder of modern Penang, will have candles and flowers on his grave. Who puts them there? And why? Is is a magical place

Thank Buffshot
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

They seem to be doing some renovation of this cemetery - at the moment it is a bit mosquito infested to be able to enjoy wandering around the old headstones. Otherwise quite an interesting spot.

Thank JillPSydney
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

I stumbled across the Old Protestant Cemetery while looking for something else, and found it really interesting. It is not maintained in any systematic fashion, and as a result the monuments are covered in moss and lichen and tree roots are shifting stones in every direction. This gives the whole place a very spooky sort of atmosphere, and makes you feel like you're in a movie!

Thank trevar
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

As previous reviewers have said, the cemetery isn't very well kept and can be pretty muddy after heavy rain. But it is a fascinating place to visit to get a real feel for the people who came to Penang all those years ago and what they must have gone through. Very few people survived past their 50s. An atmospheric place (especially late afternoon) - a must for photographers.

Thank Ripon_Couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Took both my daughters to hunt for Sir Francis Light's grave to show them the final resting place of the founder of Penang Island. This is part of our Malaysia history. Seeing is remembering.

If some care is taken to manage this cemetery, it would make a great historical tourist site, for school excursions, to locals and foreigners.

Thank JaniceLim
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