The first time I realised that the beauty of a city is reflected and can be found in the history of its cemeteries was in October, 2008. My daughter and I were in Venice, Italy celebrating her 13th birthday and we took a vaporetto (water bus) to the cemetery island there and found the experience left a lasting impression on us. So when the opportunity arose to explore Penang’s most famous cemetery I leapt at the chance. The UNESCO-protected Old Protestant Cemetery (or Francis Light Cemetery) offers free tours on the last Sunday of each month by one of Penang’s most well respected historian tour guides, Clement Liang.
Penang Cemetery Tour with Clement Liang
Clement also sits on the Board that oversees renovations in the city to ensure they are carried out to UNESCO World Heritage City standards. Don’t miss either this tour with him or the one he does at the UNESCO Heritage Hotel Cheong Fatt Tze, The Blue Mansion, they are so wonderful.
Free Cemetery Tour
Francis Light Cemetery Tour is held every last Sunday of the month from 2.00-2.45pm
Location: Old Protestant Cemetery on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
The tour is free for anyone with advance registration
At 21 I left uni, jumped into my Jeep Wrangler, and drove from my native California to live an adventure in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I've explored 37 countries on 4 continents, residing in 8 of them (currently Indonesia's Riau Islands is my home). I even have a private pilot's license and was shot at once by bandits!