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Kelawei Road Catholic CemeteryKelawei Road Catholic Cemetery (2 September, 2008)



Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery (GPS: 5.43692, 100.30799) is a Roman Catholic cemetery off Kelawei Road in Pulau Tikus, George Town. It is officially known as Catholic Cemetery, Immaculate Conception Church Penang. This cemetery is the burial place of the Roman Catholics, and contain some early graves of the Eurasians who were the parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The Catholic Cemetery of Pulau Tikus is located on the opposite side of Kelawei Road from Gurney Plaza. The entire area was once a Eurasian village, the remnant of which can be seen from the Penang Eurasian Association located at Solok Serani nearby.

You will not fail to notice the highest column in the cemetery. That is the cenotaph around which the earliest Thai Eurasian Catholics were buried.

Kelawei Road Catholic CemeteryKelawei Road Catholic Cemetery (2 September, 2008)


Columbarium, Kelawei Road Catholic CemeteryColumbarium, Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery (2 September, 2008)


How to go to the Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery

There is a bus stop near the cemetery. It is served by Rapid Penang bus 103.

The Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery is on the map of Kelawei Road

Catholic Heritage Sites in Pulau Tikus

The Thai Eurasian Catholics were the earliest group to settle in Pulau Tikus. Their heritage sites can still be visited today:

  1. Church of the Immaculate Conception: This is the church that began as a chapel that the Eurasians established back in 1835.
  2. St Chastan Monument: Monument to one of the two teachers at College General who was martyred in Korea, beatified in 1925 and canonised in 1984.
  3. St Joseph's Novitiate: The St Joseph Training College that was once next to College General, now the site of Gurney Paragon.
  4. Penang Eurasian Association: Association of the small community of Eurasians in Penang, based at their former settlement in Pulau Tikus.
  5. Kelawei Road Catholic Cemetery: Cemetery of the early Eurasian settlers in Pulau Tikus.
  6. Read Also:
  7. Church of the Assumption: Church built by the first wave of Eurasians that came over with Father Arnaud-Antoine Garnault at the invitation of Captain Francis Light.
  8. How Pulau Tikus Got Its Name: Newly discovered information on the origin of the name for Pulau Tikus district.

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