Penang Heritage Tip :: Christian Cemetery

Penang Christian Cemetery

Graves from circa 1789, divided into Protestant and Catholic sections.

The wall was built and the Anglican cemetery consecrated around 1818. The cemetery was closed to further burials towards the end of the 19th century. It was restored by the Penang Heritage Trust in 1994. On the other side of the southern wall is an old Roman Catholic cemetery in the grounds of the Saint Francis Xavier Church.

The Christian Cemetery is the final resting place of many pioneers including Sir Francis Light, Sir Stamford Raffles’ brother-in-law and a young officer named Thomas Leonowens.

Thomas L. is husband for Anna, whom memoir’s ‘Anna and The King’ was filmed and starrred Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. A remake of this film in 1999 starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yuen Fatt.

Shaded by frangipani trees, the cemetery is a scenic and romantic place for wedding photography if the cemetery is not a taboo for you.

Sir Francis Light's tomb

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GPS Coordinates: 5°25’21.47″N 100°20’0.02″E Geotag Icon Show on map