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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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The cemetery visit is like going back in time when the first European settlers who came here and are buried there in their graves can be learnt of all those who established Penang as the fourth...
The cemetery visit is like going back in time when the first European settlers who came here and are buried there in their graves can be learnt of all those who established Penang as the fourth... more »
Many of the colonial settlers are buried here and I spent an interesting hour wandering around this shady place. Sad to read how many of the settlers died young and lost so many children to malaria..... more
Many of the colonial settlers are buried here and I spent an interesting hour wandering around this shady place. Sad to read how many of the settlers died young and lost so many children to malaria..... more »
Nice original cemetery of Penang. Interesting reading the headstones on this cool space amongst the trees. Famous people of the island buried here. Not all of them are Westerners. So many of them died so young in teens 20s and 30s. Some made it to their 80s. An amazing feat for the time.
It’s a beautiful cemetery with rich heritage. Most locals aren’t even aware of this site, pls conserve it for future generations. Landscape is well maintained!
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