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“A taste of history in Singapore”

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Ranked #33 of 866 things to do in Singapore
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Bukit Brown Cemetery is a nice place to visit on Sunday morning. There are a number of guided tours organised by different organisations such as the nparks of singapore. You can visit the cemetery to understand history and view some beautiful animals. It is one of the last natural spot left in Singapore

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My friends and I attended a guided tour of Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery yesterday and learned about many interesting facts about Chinese /Singaporean history. The cemetery is nestled in a semi jungle and many tombs have marked difference that are unique to the cultural heritage of Singapore. I found myself intrigued by the interesting people buried there and the "artist" potential for photographers and artists alike. I very much hope this unique hidden historical treasure can be saved - it would be a terrible shame if the tombstones where destroyed as this is a very valuable link for future genealogists. Expats and locals alike must see this before it is gone. Volunteer guides with personal connections to this place take small groups around. No tour is the same. People walking and riding horses can be seen along the way. It kind of puts me in mind of temples where the jungle is to reclaim the land.

1  Thank Alicia W
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is a really secluded place but only 10 mins from town. only about 80 years old but a real Chinese cemetery. Very few locals go there so always a peaceful place to run or walk.

Unfortunately because of development it will only be half the size it is now by then end of 2013.

1  Thank cranjee
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

An old Chinese cemetery set over a hilly piece of land just south of Lornie Road with many mature trees piled high with tree ferns and lots of birds. Paved paths popular with dog-walkers, joggers and horse riders loop through the rugged, slightly overgrown site, peppered with concrete and brick memorials with red/grey Chinese carved lettering remembering the people buried here, a more recent spattering of English names too, and the occasional faded photograph of a once-loved father figure.

Signs by the LTA give details of the plans underway to carve an 8-lane highway right through the middle of the cemetery. Affected graves have been numbered and there was a process for families to claim them before the first exhumations, due to begin in January 2013. The graves will now be exhumated and the contents cremated and kept for three years in a government-designated facility, after which time the ashes will be scattered.

It seems a shame to have to carve a road through this special place, but the plans are pressing ahead as expected. I haven't yet done the free tour and will try to do so, but even without an organised tour it makes for a pleasant morning/evening walk with friends or family. Until, that is, the bulldozers move in...

4  Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I wondered why a cemetery visit would be ranked so high on tripadvisor. After the trip I have to say it is quite an experience. If time allows, try to join the volunteer group who can guide you through the history, the culture and the stories of respective figures. The volunteer group's passion about the place and about the history associated is another highlight to me on the trip.


3  Thank nancyang
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