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“Bukit Brown Cemetery, full of Chinese Historic Heritage in a beautiful rainforest. Save Bukit Brown”

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Ranked #110 of 829 things to do in Singapore
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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. 

14  Thank Lucinda A
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Reviewed January 4, 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.

13  Thank Chevaughn L
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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.

5  Thank DrJimT
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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.

4  Thank LRD1961
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Bukit Brown is an unforgettable, absolutely amazing area. It is much more than just a cemetery. Most of the graves are from the early twentienth century (1900-1920). Wealthy Chinese families, soldiers and others were buried here. For the longest time the area was impossibly difficult to access, the jungle having almost entirely taken over. However with the plans of building a highway, HDB flats and what not has come a resurgence in interest in the area. There are regular tours organized by highly enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who strive to keep at least part of this beautiful park. They will be able to give you the ins and outs of the place, point you out to fresh discoveries (graves of revolutionaries or otherwise famous Singaporeans, often reported on in the Straits Times), interesting architecture (do look out for Sardarji statues flanking certain graves) and all sorts of other interesting tidbits. This will probably be your most interesting visit in Singapore. Highly recommend it.

4  Thank mbaas
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