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“Singapore history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bukit Brown Cemetery

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Lorong Halwa, Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Singapore history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are interested in Chinese culture and history of Singapore a visit to Bukit Brown cemetary will be worth your while. In particular since it will (partially) disappear soon due to the land being redeveloped into roads and housing. Basically this is a (yet) undisturbed green enclave within Singapore, where nature rules, so no well maintained paths etc. In this "jungle" one can find/view many beautifully adorned Chinese graves from various point in time.

Wear sturdy shoes/boots, bring insect repellant, wear long trousers so that you can walk into the bush/jungle and view the beautiful graves from up close.

Visited September 2012
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“An important piece of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I was given a tour around Bukit Brown on the sidelines of a conference on modern China-India connections back in late July. As a student of modern Chinese history, I was surprised to discover such vivid testament to the deep ties between early twentieth-century Chinese politics and the Singaporean Chinese community. Most people are aware of Nanyang Chinese support for Sun Yat-sen’s Revolutionary Alliance, the memory of which is well preserved in Wan Qing Yuan. Much less exhaustively documented is the Singaporean connection of those who opposed Sun and pushed for a constitutional monarchist alternative to his Republican ideals. Many of the figures buried in the Chinese cemetery were members of the Progressive Party, an interesting mix of conservatives who had once sided with Yuan Shikai in 1913. As “losers” in history, Progressives have largely fallen off the historians’, let alone the general public’s, radar. Bukit Brown is one of the few places where academics and laypeople can so easily access traces of this once influential movement. For this reason and many others, I hope the site will be preserved for future generations.

Visited July 2012
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“Pere LaChaise / La Recoleta of the East”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Scholars, poets, pioneers (road names, residential areas etc are named after early pioneers buried here), ancestors of various prominent business families and politicians are buried here under various gorgeous tombstones (honestly, they don't make them like that anymore...). And as a nature haven, it is more accessible than bukit timah nature reserve (you can just drive through the whole area on a rolling paved road) and more atmospheric than the reservoir parks. Don't miss it on your trip, it may not be around the next time (apparently a new road will be built through it)

Visited September 2012
4 Thank stray1001
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“Great place for a lovely walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

If you are looking for a lovely, green, peaceful walk in Singapore, this is it!! All joking aside about it being quiet (cemetery and all), it is lovely and lush, and full of Singapore history. The sad part is that about 1/3 of the graves will be exhumed in the 1Q of next year, to make way for a road, if you can believe it. I highly recommend spending a morning here, or several, as soon as you can!

Visited September 2012
3 Thank CarolD448
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“One of the last true heritage sites in Singapore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I had the chance to visit Bukit Brown during the full moon festival last night. The place is very serene and I was surprised how many people do not count this one on thier historical sites to see in Singapore. I was lucky enough to catch a small group of volunteers (Save Bukit Brown) that gave me a tour and told me the backgrounds of the elaborate graves built their. Visit night or day but be sure to bring a flashlight if you do go at night.

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