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Hidden Tomb in Campbell Street Market

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐‚๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ โ€œ๐“๐š๐ง๐š๐ก ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ค๐ฎ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง ๐‡๐ฎ๐ญ๐š๐ง ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ๐š๐ญโ€ (๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐ ๐๐จ๐๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ)? ๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š โ€œ๐ป๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘Ž๐‘กโ€ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ.


Victorian-Style facade of the Campbell Street Market on a sunny day..
Campbell Street Market is a beautiful Victorian-style market with an interesting story.

Located on the junction of Lebuh Campbell and Lebuh Carnavon, Campbell Street Market is a beautiful Victorian-style market with an interesting history. The market, first established in the 1900s, was built on an old Malay cemetery known as "Tanah Perkuburan Hutan Mayat".

The British moved the cemetery to Jalan Perak cemetery to facilitate the building of the Campbell Street market. However, according to oral history, strange things happened to the workers when they attempted to remove a particular tomb during relocation works, and that's the tomb of Sheikh Mustafa Wali.


The red door to Makam Sheikh Mustafa Wali is ajar, showing a glimpse of what is inside the vicinity. A welcome sign hang on the door.
The door to Makam Sheikh Mustafa Wali.

Sheikh Mustafa Wali was a respected preacher from Afghanistan. After landing in Penang, he settled in Pitt Street (now Jalan Kapitan Keling) and became very well-respected in the community. Sheikh Mustafa Wali spent his life preaching the word of God, lived alone, and was never married. He died at the end of the 18th century and was buried in "Tanah Perkuburan Hutan Mayat".


A tomb with a rainbow colored cenotaph belonging to Sheikh Mustafa Wali. The place is clean and well maintained.
The tomb of Sheikh Mustafa Wali.

In the end, the British ordered the cessation of the relocation work and kept Sheikh Mustafa Wali's tomb in the same place to this day. The British then built a wall to protect the tomb, and it remains hidden from plain sight.

We met with the caretaker and was told that the enclosure also house vagabonds who seek shelter within its grounds. If you're planning a visit, you can help by bringing halal food for the vagabonds.

๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•? ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’–๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•! โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ [1] https://www.malaymail.com/.../century-old-penang.../1276183 [2] Hockton, K., Howard Tan, 2012. Penang : An Inside Guide to Its Historic Homes, Buildings, Monuments and Parks. MPH Group, Kuala Lumpur. [3] https://www.tvtarekat.com/.../syeikh-mustafa-wali-hidup...

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