Bukit Brown Cemetery
Bukit Brown Cemetery
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Josie2401
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Thanks to COVID, I finally visited the resting place of Singapore's pioneers last Saturday. It was time well-spent.

Love the tranquility of the place with its large variety of fauna & flora.

Darren, our guide, is very knowledgeable & an excellent story-teller. He shared with us the
history of this cemetery and its residents, how the British's concept of burying their dead did not sit well with the Chinese burial practices. We also learnt how to identify the tomb of a Hokkien & a Teochew person. The inscriptions of the death date are quite interesting. Beautiful tiles on some of the tombs.

Would definitely visit it again!
 
Written December 22, 2020
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Sandy T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
It was really nice to hear from Mr Darren Koh whom have spoken to many descendants from the tombstone of various individuals.

By retelling these stories, he made history come alive. And makes it not-so-spooky to visit a cemetery.

I have known many cemeteries.
Bidadari have already gone down memory lane.

Come pay Bukit brown a visit and come on board this guided tour lead by the Brownies. The tour takes place, rain or shine. This tour lead by Darren Koh makes my first trip so worthwhile!!

His topic encompasses the different cemeteries in early Singapore, coolies lives of the poor who died and had to be buried. Chinese believes (some superstitious, some auspicious, of 3 Spirits and 7 Souls), WWII stories, love stories, pioneer stories, different ethnic groups burial rites encrypt on the tombstone of how many wives the man had, whether dead or alive. It makes me really interested to go grab books and to find out more about BBC.

Don't miss the opportunity to go on an exploration tour to dig deep into heritage part of Singapore dated back by more than a century ago.
Written July 27, 2022
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Eden
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Dec 2020 • Friends
It was a pleasant experience and I learnt a lot. It's incredibly interesting and really intriguing to see that the men and women who set the foundations for Singapore. Men who donated money to build schools , hospitals and all sorts of infrastructures. Cemeteries over 100 years old with famous men that helped fund revolutions in China , eventually founding the Republic Of China. I would like to thank our guide, Fabian Tee for his great guiding. He is very knowledgeable .

Overall , I highly recommend visiting Bukit Brown
Written December 11, 2020
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Juneeta G
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
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Jul 2021 • Friends
Had a really good experience with our guide, Fabian from "All Things Bukit Brown". He was very knowledgeable and explained patiently the history behind significant tombstones, landmarks and artefacts in Bukit Brown Cemetery. We were lucky to have chanced upon him while doing a self tour ourselves and he very kindly adopted us into his group, foc :) I hope the cemetery gets preseved as it is rich in history 👍
Written August 2, 2021
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wanita01
London130 contributions
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Jan 2020
An excellent Sunday morning outing to a real hidden gem, a stunning historical graveyard with an amazingly rich cultural heritage. Besides learning about the complexities of burial rituals among the Hokkien and Teochew, there are wonderful stories of individual people who lived in Singapore during the early years. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would certainly do it again. It certainly should be a must do for any culture-vulture. Finding the place can be a bit hard the first time, but its well worth the effort.
Written January 13, 2020
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Suzie Q
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
My second time joining a day time walking tour of Bukit Brown. The guides were armed with a wealth of knowledge, and the tales of the different residents and their colourful lives was definitely the high point of the walk for me.

Would recommend it to everyone to start discovering more about singapores history.

Looking forward to going again, hopefully for the CRA tour :)
Written March 22, 2020
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Ch00G
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Darren (from an informal group of Bukit Brown enthusiast) is an excellent story teller and guide, who'll bring you around the hills to show you more than just tombs. The cemetery does not look big from the highway but it is actually a humongous place spanning over and under the highway. There is so much of Singapore's history and stories of individuals in pre-independent times of Singapore that comes alive under Darren's narration. Do not miss this place before more of it gets taken down.

tip: slap yourself with the strongest mosquito repellent you can find! the mosquitoes here are merciless
Written December 21, 2020
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hoongwai
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My family and I joined a free guided walk conducted by Mr Darren Koh.
My 2 children aged 12 and 9, were thoroughly enthralled and did not mind the slight rain and walking through the wet underbrush.

Darren is an excellent and engaging story teller, conveying to us the rich history and culture that few would have associated with graves and tombstones. Through volunteers like Darren, we learned much about the individuals who have contributed to Singapore being what it is today.

Recommended to join the guided walks!
Written August 25, 2022
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Petra J
Switzerland107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This was a total surprise, completely wild and untamed. Best to go with someone who knows their way around it, as it really is wild and huge. Apparently teeming with snakes, though we didn't see any (thankfully!), and the mosquitoes are pretty vicious, too, but what an amazing place.
Written October 31, 2022
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oceanskies
Pulau Ubin, Singapore497 contributions
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Jun 2012 • Friends
Wonderful craftsmanship and artistry reveal themselves on the tombstones and stone-carvings at Bukit Brown Cemetery. As Singapore faces the challenges of rapid urban development, Bukit Brown Cemetery is one of the rare places in this urbanized country where one can get a glimpse of the traditional Chinese practices of remembering one's ancestors.

This is a fabulous place for the Nature-lovers. The cemetery was closed for burial in 1973. Somehow, Nature thrived in this cemetery. Rare animals such as the pangolin, and many forest bird species such as the Asian Fairy Bluebird, White-bellied woodpecker and thick-billed green pigeon have been sighted at the Bukit Brown Cemetery. The cemetery is just stone-throw away from MacRitchie Reservoir, which is one of the four reservoirs that bound the nature reserves and serve as a water catchment area. Be sure to catch the sight of the large old rain-tree near the round-about of the Cemetery. It somehow gave a protective and magnificent aura. Enjoy it while it still exist.

For history-lovers who are interested to learn about battles that had taken place in Singapore, you may like to know that there were battles fought at parts of the Bukit Brown Cemetery (previously known as Cemetery Hill) and the nearby areas in the year 1942, e.g. Adam Park and Adam Road, in efforts to defend Singapore against the Japanese invaders.

Bukit Brown is a hidden gem in Singapore. It is a place to experience heritage and to learn about a glimpse of Singapore's history. In addition, it is a habitat for living things. I simply love the untouched beauty of the place.

Admittedly, the Bukit Brown Cemetery is the resting place of many well-known pioneers of Singapore (e.g. Cheang Hong Lim, Chew Joo Chiat, Chew Boon Lay, Gan Eng Seng, etc.) and even more unsung heroes. As such, it is greatly appreciated that all visitors be very respectful and mindful when visiting the cemetery. Be very mindful where you step, and do not step on the tombs. Walk around the tombs.

While the Bukit Brown Cemetery may not be the usual tourist attraction, it is a place to visit for everyone who would like a respite from the urban city life. I love the untouched beauty of the place and each time I visit it, I will learn at least one new thing related to Singapore. It is also the very place to remember the many pioneers and unsung heroes who have helped contributed to Singapore's growth and development.

TIPS FOR VISITORS
1) Attending one of the guided tours, organised by volunteers, are one of the best ways to explore the cemetery. It helps to pay attention during the pre-tour briefing so as to learn about how to be respectful of the graves when one is at the cemetery. Special thanks to the wonderful volunteers who contribute their time for the cause of raising awareness and more.

For information on the guided tour, please visit: http://bukitbrown.com/main/ and look under "Events".

2) There is a free map put up generously by Asia Paranormal Investigators for people who would like to explore Bukit Brown Cemetery on their own. Here's the link: http://api.sg/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=150:free-map-for-diy-tours-to-bukit-brown-chinese-cemetery&catid=69:saving-bukit-brown-chinese-cemetery&Itemid=113
Honestly, if you ask me, attend one of the guided tours. These would be more informative. It is also safer to join one of the guided tours so that members of the tour group can look out for one another.

3) Please wear good walking shoes. Bring insect repellent. Bring a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. Check out the directions to get to the Bukit Brown Cemetery before hand. Please do NOT expect any toilet amenity at the Bukit Brown Cemetery. More tips for the visitors can be found here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

4) Visitors need to be alarmed that the Urban Redevelopment Authority has gazetted Bukit Brown as a site for development. There are plans to build a new dual four-land road across Bukit Brown Cemetery from early 2013 to alleviate traffic congestion. As such, if you wish to see the original Bukit Brown that is untouched by development, please visit soon enough.

GETTING THERE:
Nearest MRT stations: Marymount, Botanic Gardens, Farrer Road. (Circle Line)
Bus services available: 52, 74,93, 157, 165, 852, 855. (alight near Sime Road, at either bus-stop 41149 or 41141 depending on your direction of travel.)
If you are driving: From Adam/Lornie Road, turn into Sime Road, and then turn left into Lorong Halwa. There is a carpark within the grounds of the cemetery.
Written July 22, 2012
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