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“Most interesting place in Singapore” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bukit Brown Cemetery

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Lorong Halwa, Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #38 of 564 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Most interesting place in Singapore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Apart from shopping malls and resorts, Singapore also has an interesting history and cultural heritage. Containing 100,000 tombs, this cemetery is the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China. Don't let the word "cemetery" put you off. Even if you are not interested in tombs, you will find the natural environment of Bukit Brown amazing. People do come to Bukit Brown to do hiking!

For history lovers, Bukit Brown is a must visit. Here you can find many interesting tombs of the early pioneers in Singapore, Chinese revolutionaries..etc. . The decorations of those tombs are quite different from the ones you see in Mainland China: an interesting combination of East and West. Part of the cemetery would be destroyed as the Singapore government decided to build a highway there by 2014. So you better go to see it before it is too late. Joining the weekend tours organised by the local volunteers is the best way to explore this huge cemetery. You can find the info here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bukitbrown/

Visited January 2013
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“Bukit Brown Cemetery, full of Chinese Historic Heritage in a beautiful rainforest. Save Bukit Brown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Visited Bukit Brown Cemetery, full of Chinese Historical Heritage in a beautiful rainforest. Save Bukit Brown Cemetery ~ 
This is not your traditional cemetery. It is set in a rainforest amongst the wildlife, flora and fauna of tropical Singapore, with luscious green foliage, tall tropical trees, with tree ferns, and home to the mekak monkeys. 
This is a wonderful place to visit away from the concrete jungle of shops buildings, freeways and bustling commuters.
It shows you a window into the Chinese history and heritage of the past. It has tens of thousands of old Chinese traditional graves. This heritage is priceless.It is the oldest Chinese cemetery and largest outside China.
The rainforest is both refreshing and calm peaceful and easy walking thru the rainforest along the paths, with old Chinese graves scattered on either side of the paths.
With loved ones monuments standing testimonts to the early Chinese pioneers of yesteryear who carved a solid ground for the building of a young nation. 
This Cemetery, sadly is being eroded away by political land grabbing,  for land as it demolishes sections of this treasured heritage, to make way for road works and developments. 
Be sure to visit Bukit Brown cemetery, in Bukit Timah Reserve, before it's too late and voice your strongest protest to the Singapore authorities , And join Facebook support group - Save Bukit Brown. 
This is the only true heritage place to visit in now a modern Singapore that has demolished all her heritage places. 

Visited November 2012
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“Sheer magnificence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Burial grounds that brim with Singapore's history and heritage. More than 100,000 of Singapore's most notable pioneers - merchants, scholars, war heroes and so on - are laid to rest here, between intricately carved statuettes and beautifully painted tiles, and surrounded by very rich, untouched wildlife that you'll not see elsewhere on this island. Don't miss Ong Sam Leong's enormous grave the size of 10 apartments as well - everything is simply breathtaking.

Join the volunteer guides (called 'brownies') during the weekend morning tours before it's too late - the park will soon be taken over by roads and housing. The guides will help you unravel the symbolic meanings and numerous stories that make up this beautiful plot of land. Not to be missed.

Visited July 2012
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“History at every turn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Bukit Brown Cemetery is a beautiful way to learn Singapore history. It is a walk through time and family traditions based in the cultures that migrated to Singapore over the first half of the 20th century. Some sites are spectacular displays of wealth and power. Others breathe humility and simplicity. Go before the proposed road divides and covers over this gem of Singapore's wonderful history. Walk yourself or take a guided tour...you will learn much in a short time.

Visited June 2012
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“Out of the way history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

See this oasis of greenery and history before it's decimated with a new road cutting through it. The flora is a delightful portion of what Singapore must've been like many years ago.

Visited October 2012
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