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“Fantastic historial and nature sight - depressing about the construction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bukit Brown Cemetery

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Lorong Halwa, Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #19 of 331 attractions in Singapore
Type: Cemeteries
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Fantastic historial and nature sight - depressing about the construction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I took a wonderful tour by the All Things Bukit Brown society and it was very interesting. Many of those who made Singapore what it is today are buried here. There is so much to learn: the different style of tombs, the Feng shui, the empty shells of cockles laying around (you must take the tour!), but also the nature is amazing. I saw a leaf insect (the first for me) and there were so many birds singing.

Hurry, go now before the bulldozers move in to build a highway through the cemetery. It's such a shame and irreparable loss for so many reasons. If you want to keep this amazing place, make sure to support the "brownies".

Visited November 2012
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“Last Exit for Bukit Brown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Bukit Brown is more than a cemetary, as its greenery is overwhelming. The area is beautifull and has some amazing trees and flowering bushes, as well as many birds. The graves are moving and most of them sport engravings, carvings, religious sculptures and even pictures of the founding families of Singapore. Rich businessmen with sometimes as much as 3 wifes and 20 children payed good money to have consistent testimony of their passage on Earth. They could not guess that the Government of Singapore would trouble their last sleep by planning a highwa bridge on part of the area. This is only the first step before complete erasure of one of the last major green areas of the island. A must visit before it's too late.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“History and greenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

A special chance to see not only some wildlife, but also a bit of history. It is unique in Singapore because it is displayed as nature and the past presented it, as yet undisturbed by man. It gave me a feeling of how Singapore used to be and gave me sense of depth to the country that no other attraction in Singapore has achieved in the last year that I have been here. I would definitely recommend a tour.

Visited November 2012
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“Singapore history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 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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Hong Kong, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“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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