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 .
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  • Amazing history... told on the headstones in this small cemetary. So many jungle fever / malaria deaths... and kids... and travelers. Really takes you back to another time. Don't miss this place!  more »
  • Cemetery walks appeal to history buffs or people who just like to explore a quiet bit of greenery in a city before anything else is open. An early morning walk amongst the shady magnolias through the ...  more »
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  • Here you can see the last resting place for many of the people who helped create the great place of Penang, including the great man Sir Francis Light himself who come up with the idea of firing cannons full of gold coins into the impassable jungle to get people to cut it down to find the coins
  • Our favorite head was of a white man who was supposedly murdered by a "band of Asian robbers". Colonialism at its finest.
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