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“Excellent tour of a sacred/historical space”

Bukit Brown Cemetery
Ranked #36 of 906 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Had the privilege to take a free afternoon walking tour organized by local volunteers during a short visit to Singapore. I was not disappointed. The three-hour tour, with a knowledgeable and passionate guide, allowed us to learn about the 20th-century history of Singapore, and particularly of the Chinese communities, by learning the stories of specific graves and those buried there. The cemetery is a refuge of nature and history, for now. Knowing that Bukit Brown is threatened by encroaching development on all sides only added to the urgency to learn about the space and its history.

Many thanks to Darren (the tour guide) and all who help preserve the legacy of Bukit Brown and the memory of those buried there.

Be sure to bring water and bug spray!

3  Thank MattEDC1
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The Bukit Brown Cementery tour is a fascinating walk through Singapore's history and gives you a view into the lives of the people who built this nation. Tour guides Darren and Chern Yung brought history alive and "introduced" us to 8 people who lie in this cemetery and their stories. I have been a resident of Singapore for 12 years and can't believe I have not done this tour earlier. It provided many insights into the Chinese culture and history in my adopted country. I strongly recommend this tour to others!

3  Thank Janice A
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Be it you are a person who is into paranormal or a nature lover who love peace and quietness, this should be a place that can provide you something (even as a couple, you may find this a spot for something unusual)

for those into cultural heritage, the design and artefacts of the tombs and the writings (on the tombs) may give you a clue and some historical background of certain important figures who lived and contributed in Singapore (but you need to have a strong grasp of Chinese language to fully understand this) but I m not sure will their tombs exhumed by then?!?!!?

Gd that tourists stay off, cos I really don't think one would come all the way here for a nature walk , donating your blood to mosquitoes under the hot sun

Go visit it before it is fully gone!! there s even a website that documents the whole bt brown project

1  Thank Jay H
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Do not be misled by what you may have read elsewhere - Bukit Brown, or Coffee Hill to the Chinese, has more heritage value than it does for the self-styled paranormal enthusiasts.

Several century-old graves existed, and along with others, have been curated in a digital archive for posterity.

Commuters on the future Thomson Line will zip past and not realise it is there.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is a wonderful place, full of mysteries best detected when taking one of the tours offered by the volunteers who will reveal to you details you would not even pay attention to, or at least not understand (tours found via bukitbrown.com) It is a hidden treasure that even many residents do not know. I survived without insect repellent but felt the consequences for days. I will definitely return for another walk either with or without a guide as this is such a peaceful, tranquil place.

2  Thank celge
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