Old Protestant Cemetery Hot
Penang, Malaysia 10200
Old Protestant Cemetery, also known as Northam Road Cemetery is a disused Christian cemetery in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. After more than a century of neglect, it is now classified as a heritage site and is maintained by the Penang Heritage Trust.The cemetery lies in a grove of frangipani trees along Northam Road (now Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah) near the historic core of George Town, only metres away from the beachfront and a short walk from the Eastern & Oriental Hotel.It is 32 years older than the Old Protestant Cemetery in Macau, which is somewhat better-maintained. Conservation works are underway to protect and preserve the site, although there has been some concern about how the restoration is being done
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Interesting tale of the past
My friends have talked me out of it, but visiting the Old Protestant Cemetery was one of the memorable moments which I am truly proud of as a Penangite. For some weird reason, it has this serene feeling as I strolled along the pathways whilst shaded by the frangipani trees. Though it's not a treasure hunt, but somehow I made it my aim to locate the tombstones of Captain Francis Light (founder of Penang), James Scott (co-founder of Penang) and Reverand R.S Hutchings (founder of Penang School).
Though cemeteries may not be popular among tourists, but if anyone asks me, this is definitely a place for you to explore, if you are really into discovering more of the past.
A memorial in our hearts
I remember visiting the grave site when I was in high school. Our history teacher had decided to take all of us in a class on a trip there to appreciate the memory of Sir Francis Light. MY teacher said there is no one who deserves our respect and to belong in our hearts as Francis Light.
The teacher then proceeded to talk about the founder of Penang Island near where his memorial stood and it gave us all a lasting impression. Though the experience was a bit spooky, the trip made me appreciate myself as a Penangite even more.