Attraction Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shan, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016
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Why Old Protestant Cemetery (Northam Road Cemetery) is special ?
What to explore at Old Protestant Cemetery (Northam Road Cemetery)?
Mature frangipani trees sweeten the air for those who want to stroll along and check out the graves at the Protestant Cemetery (some with beautiful tombstones) of noteworthy figures from Penang's early years. Some of the simple, square-ish tombstones are in a state of disrepair (Captain Light's tomb is surprisingly simple), but there are plenty that are huge and ornate affairs.
You will notice that many of those buried here died young: this is because there was a severe malaria outbreak after the clearing of the forests
How to get to Old Protestant Cemetery (Northam Road Cemetery)?
To get to the Protestant Cemetery you can take Rapid Penang’s free shuttle bus service to Lebuh Muntri Station: from there walk north along Penang Road until the junction of Northam Road. The burial grounds are located on the left-hand side of the road.
- “Fascinating place of history”
- “Beautiful old cemetery”
- “Oldest Christian cemetery”
- “Very interesting peek at colonial times ”
- “Very Moving - Must See”
Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shan, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia
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I don't know why but if there is an old cemetery I have to go and take a look.This cemetery was in a very poor state which made it hard to get around, but there were some facinating tombs and graves and it gave a very sobering insight into life and death at the time.It is well worth a visit.
Well worth a visit - overgrown and in decline the area is still fascinating with many famous men and women buried there. To read the inscriptions can be heartbreaking, especially when one sees tomb of a mother and 4 of her children who died at regular intervals over a 6 year period. One interesting grave was that of "Anna", the governess from where the movie and musical The King and I came from
The Heritage Trust runs a free tour on the last Sunday of the month from 2pm. It leaves from tne Little Penang street narket , also only held o th elast Sunday of the month. Look online for the LFSS Penang ( which stands for the Last Friday Saturday Sunday). lots of free tours and things to do on these three days a month