|Soi 72/5, Charoen Krung Road|
Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon)
Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon) Thailand
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The Protestant Cemetery was founded via a royal land grant given by King Mongkut on July 29, 1853, to address the need for burial space for Bangkok's growing Protestant community. The cemetery has over 1000 discernible graves (though a few dozen of them are without headstones or legible markers). The cemetery is still active - there are several reserved plots. Despite being a Protestant cemetery, it also has a number of Jewish graves. New Jewish burials are now carried out at the adjacent Jewish Cemetery.
In the rainy season, parts of the cemetery tend to become flooded; the best time to visit is in the dry season (around February, March or April).
In the research of this cemetery, the 1997 book "Bangkok: The Protestant Cemetery" by Justin Corfield, though containing numerous transcription errors, has been a valuable cross-referencing tool. Some given names (when the stone bears only an initial), Thai names and Chinese names come from this source. Other Thai and Chinese names are transliterated and may be erroneous.
The cemetery is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River south of the Ramada Menam Riverside Hotel and north of the Asiatique night market. It's 1.75 km south of the Saphan Taksin BTS station along Charoen Krung Road. The only entrance is an unmarked, dark brown metal gate which is often closed, though there's a small door in the gate through which visitors may enter. It's a short walk from the Wat Rajsingkorn (S3) riverboat pier. Buses No. 1 and No. 15 can take you there from the BTS station. It's also a brisk 25 minute walk from the BTS station. After 4pm, you can go to Asiatique and take the free Asiatique shuttle boat back to Saphan Taksin (Sathorn Pier), if you're not in a hurry.