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“Singapore's Pere Lachaise / La Ricoleta”

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Ranked #108 of 809 things to do in Singapore
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BJ
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13 reviews
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“Singapore's Pere Lachaise / La Ricoleta”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Historically, aesthetically and culturally, this is Singapore's Pere Lachaise / La Ricoleta. Unfortunately for the luminaries buried here, the highway will destroy much of what makes cemeteries like these great -- peace and a chance to reflect what greatness was, is and will be.

Visited August 2013
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London
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“Interesting alternative in Singapore”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We decided to visit the cementery after reading the reviews here. It took us a very long time to get there by public transport, as the closest train stations are quite far away. Unfortunately, two events made the visit less exciting than we expected. The first was the construction work taking place (a portion of the tombs -not all, though- are going to be removed), so lots of trucks and workers around. The second was a pack of dogs that scared us to death, four very angry, wild looking animals that made a part of the cementery their home. I don't think this is something to be worried about, as I doubt they will remain there long, but it really did make a difference for us, and we are normally not very scared of dogs.
Overall, a beautiful park. Some tombs have good descriptions, and the maps make it quite easy to walk around. I would't call this a must, though, unless you have plenty of days in Singapore or you are only visiting the city and not other places around it.

Visited November 2013
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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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“Get there before its too late”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Visit Bukit Brown cemetery while you still can - before the bulldozers move in to create yet another expressway. This is a very special place - peaceful, beautiful, historic, and a natural wildlife haven. Intricately carved statues guard many of the old gravestones, which are often adorned with gorgeous antique tiles painted with flowers and peacocks. There are several pathways to explore and so the cemetery also makes a lovely place just to visit for a 'country' walk. Kingfishers, monitor lizards, monkeys and nightjars are common sights, and some of the huge banyan trees are staggering. In recent months the 'Friends of Bukit Brown' have painstakingly signed and cleared pathways to the gravestones of many notable names from Singapore's history, making this an even more interesting place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Is this really Singapore?”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Singapore is a concrete jungle and if there is a garden, it is man-made, like Gardens by the Bay. Today, I had the privilege of touring a historical site called Bukit Brown. Bukit Brown is a cemetery, where many of Singapore's pioneer are buried and may soon be "awakened" from their peaceful slumber to make way for 8 lanes highway.
I toured with volunteers of Bukit Brown, and learn about the tombs of Tan Kheam Hock and his family. History is being collected as I write this review. The tour is made even more interesting with the descendants of Tan Kheam Hock in our midst. A definitely worthy visit for any tourist to Singapore, to see a side of Singapore which money cannot buy.
As Bukit Brown tour is manned by volunteers with a passion to preserve the heritage and culture of this little city state, one will need to visit Bukit Brown FB page to make enquiries of any tours.

Visited October 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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“tranquil oasis, almost surreal”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I joined a friend to witness the Cheng Beng festivity and was overwhelmed by the throngs of people with their prayer paraphernalia and the heavy traffic winds patiently through the hills. It was BUSY!

Then some 3 months later, I took a trip with the Brownies who gave free guided walks through Bukit Brown practically every weekends! It was like stepping into another place and time. You can see rays of sunshine illuminating the misty verdant hills, rich smell of the forest and hear sounds of delightful birds. It was somewhat surreal in heavily urbanised city but the oasis of tranquility calms the soul and the mind is clarified. What a wonderful place to go for a walk!

Yes, we have the crowded Botanic Gardens, the monotonous MacRitchie & Pierce reservoirs, the hot Sungei Buloh Reserve and Chek Jawa Park is a little too far to reach but Bt Brown is way too cool! If you dare venture off the main track, you will encounter unusual structure, designs, engravings, statutes, reflecting the various cultures, beliefs & eras. You might encounter a monitor lizard, horse riders and almost always expats walking their dogs. Join the Sats & Suns groups of 10-20 people on the guided walks like the one I've taken, listening to the passionate guides who are bursting to share with you the stories of the hills.

Visited September 2013
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