Mid-Autumn Festival Night Walk Report

To celebrate the mid-Autumn full moon we had lanterns, mooncakes, sparkles and a bunch of great people who joined us up to Ong Sam Leong’s grave at Hill 3. We went in 2 groups – group 1 with the early birds who had their lanterns ready to go just after 7pm, the rest of us in group 2 left the gathering point at the good ol’ raintree around 7.30pm. On the way just before reaching the caretaker’s hut, we saw a Brown Hawk Owl flying past and landing on one of the graves. We had a good look at the owl and then moved up the hill to Ong Sam Leong.
After that it was back to the entrance and everyone went their ways.

A few pictures below of this year’s event:

the moon rising (photo: Bianca Polak)

the moon rising (photo: Bianca Polak)

group photo of group 2 at Ong Sam Leong's tomb (photo: Bianca Polak)

group photo of group 2 at Ong Sam Leong’s tomb (photo: Bianca Polak)

candle lit Jade Girl (Photo: Bianca Polak)

candle lit Jade Girl (Photo: Bianca Polak)

Khoo Ee Hoon made a short video clip of the fun we had at Ong Sam Leong’s grave: click here.

For more photos of this year’s event see:  Bianca’s album

And see here Lawrence Chong’s album (on facebook).

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Friday 20 Sept -  7.00pm – 9.30pm
Meeting Point: Bukit Brown Under the Rain tree at the roundabout

The evening of 19/9 marks the fifteenth day of the eighth month on the Chinese calendar, which we will celebrate on 20/9. The traditional Singaporean way of celebration would be to carry lanterns and enjoy a session of drinking tea, and eating mooncakes, pomelos, etc.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own lanterns, as well as contribute mooncakes and other food, for a family day session at BB.

We would be walking along Bukit Brown in the evening with our lanterns, and share with you stories that can be found on some of the pioneers’ tomb panels along the way.

We will start to gather from 7.00pm onwards, and begin the tour once it gets dark.

Mid-Autumn Lanterns (photo: Khoo Ee Hoon)

Mid-Autumn Lanterns (photo: Khoo Ee Hoon)

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery.
Come discover our heritage, history and habitat.

LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

How to get there and handy tips here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so. To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 7pm.
Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.
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The tour:
Bukit Brown Heritage Park is about 173 acres in extent, bordered by Lornie Road, Thomson Road and the Pan-Island Expressway. It lies just to the south of the Central Catchment Forest, being separated from it by Lornie Road and includes Singapore’s only Chinese Municipal Cemetery. With more than 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is also one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China.
Here is a map of the grounds:
http://bukitbrown.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/API.BBC_.Map_.ver3_4.jpg

The building that was the Japanese headquarters still stands today (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Sunday 22nd Sep 2013, Jon Cooper conducts the very popular battlefield tour.

Jon Cooper

On Feb 15, 1942, Singapore fell just one week after Japanese forces landed. As they headed down south, fierce battles were fought in the Adam Park area and the fighting extended to Bukit Brown, then known as Cemetery Hill.

“On the evening of 14th February 1942, the rolling hills of the Bukit Brown Cemetery were suddenly engulfed in a barrage of flame and fire. It appeared like scene from Dante’s ‘Inferno’. ”

Jon Cooper, the battlefield archaeologist behind The Adam Park Project, wrote this gripping account as he retraced the battle ground route with all things Bukit Brown.

This is your chance to brush up on your history. Jon Cooper will take you through the paces. Don’t miss his energetic retracing of the movements on both sides, as we commemorate the fallen. You will be expected to do some walking in the sun, so wear good walking shoes and bring snacks and water. The tour ends at the Bukit Brown Cemetery, where you will see the graves among which the soldiers sheltered and fought.

Meet us at the bridge on Sime Road entering Bukit Brown, opposite the SICC traffic light. Start time: 9 a.m. Ends at 11:30 a.m.

This tour is limited to 20 persons. The size is kept small for safety reasons and for ideal interaction as Jon shares the maps, photos and stories of the battles. All things Bukit Brown is only the organizer as we  support the work that Jon and his team are doing out of respect for our common heritage.

Reply to this post to register for the tour.

Jon’s post on his interest in Bukit Brown and the missing soldiers is here.

For a visual guide to your route, cartographer Mok Ly Ying has done this wonderful guide map for you.

Previous tour reports here:

July 28 2013 tour

May 26 2013 tour

Oct 21 2012 tour

July 22 2012 tour here and here 

June 17 2012 Father’s Day Special

 

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To help you plan your Sunday morning and enjoy the tour, you can follow this map of a previous one: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208524362450694978161.0004cc9d065f2a171893d&msa=0&ll=1.336901,103.817351&spn=0.003566,0.005681

Jon conducts the Battlefield Tour once a month, when time permits. For other war-related stories, you can join tours by All Things Bukit Brown on the heritage tours.

 

Registered participants (total: 22 + 2 kids):

Theresa Teng x 1
Gary Yeo x 1
Vanessa Tsang x 2 + 2 kids
Angeline Lee x 1
Cheryl x 2
Malcolm Tan x 2
Ben x 3
Yun Shan x 2
Carl x 1
Clara x 1
Gena x 1
Liew Tet Fat x 1
Petros Kwan x 1
Rachel Core x 1
Daryl x 1
Mark x 1 (via email)

 

Two guided walks this weekend one in English, the other Mandarin

Saturday 14 Sept -  9am – 11.30am
Meeting Point: Bukit Brown Under the Rain tree at the roundabout

Join Jonathan on a tour of Hill 2 & 5 and visit tombs of some of Singapore’s pioneers, learn about tomb designs and carvings, and enjoy the nice walk through Bukit Brown’s greenery.

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery.
Come discover our heritage, history and habitat.

LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

How to get there and handy tips here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so. To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 9am.
Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.
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The tour:
Bukit Brown Heritage Park is about 173 acres in extent, bordered by Lornie Road, Thomson Road and the Pan-Island Expressway. It lies just to the south of the Central Catchment Forest, being separated from it by Lornie Road and includes Singapore’s only Chinese Municipal Cemetery. With more than 100,000 graves, Bukit Brown is also one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China.
Here is a map of the grounds:
http://bukitbrown.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/API.BBC_.Map_.ver3_4.jpg

武吉布朗导中文导览

Sunday 15 September 9 am – 11.30am

一个小岛国的城市绿洲,武吉布朗导,历史与丛林交汇的世外桃源!

武吉布朗导览义工 Fabien Tee 和 Yik Han 将为大家介绍安葬于武吉布朗墓园的新加坡开埠先驱及达官显要,这些先贤们在二十世纪上半叶为新加坡作出了巨大的贡献.

我们也将探讨他们当时所处的历史背景。

在亲身瞻仰这些先贤的坟墓之余,大家也有机会认识墓碑和坟墓的不同设计及相关风水,以及了解华人的殡葬习俗。

陆路交通管理局受权的工程公司已经准备动工开始挖掘与迁坟,再过不久,4153座先贤的坟墓与遗骸也会被挖掘后移走,道路工程也会开始,新加坡仅存的值得保留的历史遗迹也将被铲除。时间所剩不多,要了解武吉布朗的历史与文化价值就要赶紧参加我们的导览。

集合地点:

环状绕道前的雨豆树下。可惜的是,这棵高大凛然的雨豆树可能也会因筑路工程而不保。进入正门的铁闸后,往前走大约20米,雨豆树就在土管局临时办事处的右边。
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报名:

我们在周末为公众提供的导览服务是免费的
理想人数为一团三十人(平均一名导览员十五人)

请在我们的Facebook活动页面按‘参加’/‘加入’,然后告诉我们共有多少人与你一同参加活动,或直接在活动当天上午9时在集合地点与我们会合。风雨无阻,不见不散。
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游览活动:

武吉布郎占地约233公顷,其周边的道路有罗尼路、汤申路及泛岛快速公路。位于其北面的正是中央集水区森林,它们之间由罗尼路隔开。新加坡唯一由市政会管理的华人公共坟场就座落于武吉布郎,墓园内包含超过10万座坟墓,也是中国以外最大的华人坟场之一。

别忘了享受一下武吉布郎那恬静和谐的气氛,也别羞于同导览员及其他参加者交流。我们都是业余和义务的导览员,但我们对武吉布郎具有一份深厚的感情,并认真地看待我们在武吉布郎的所有活动。我们也欢迎大家踊跃分享知识和心得

欲查阅武吉布郎的地图,请浏览:
http://bukitbrown.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/API.BBC_.Map_.ver3_4.jpg

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游览须知:

1. 我们多数时候是在柏油路上步行,但也会有小段的山路,因此请穿着适当的衣装,尤其是适当的鞋子。

2. 请穿着轻便和通风透气的衣服。如果你特别惹蚊虫叮咬或格外容易被阳光灼伤肌肤,或许你应穿上长裤和长袖衣。

3. 安全第一,所以请穿上舒适的防滑鞋。你也可以考虑携带手杖。

4. 我们建议你在游览武吉布郎前,先了解一下关于它的资讯及背景。

5. 请携带饮用水、小点心、雨衣/雨伞和帽子等物品,并且为你的电子用品做防水措施。

6. 请在前往武吉布郎前先上厕所,因为那里及附近一带都没有厕所。

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公共交通服务:

巴士服务:52号、74号、93号、157号、165号、852号及855号。

从新加坡北部前往:乘搭地铁到玛丽蒙站(Marymount),然后步行到汤申路上段(Upper Thomson Road)的编号53019巴士车站,乘搭52号、74号、165号、852号或855号巴士均可。
在第6个车站(不包括上车的车站),编号41149的车站下车,即亚当路(Adam Road)新加坡岛屿乡村俱乐部(Singapore Island Country Club)对面的车站。下车后逆着车行的方向步行进入森路(Sime Road),然后转入第二个左转便可看见武吉布郎的正门就在前面不远处。

从新加坡南部前往:乘搭地铁到植物园站(Botanic Gardens),然后步行到亚当路(Adam Road)新加坡神学院前的编号41121巴士车站,乘搭74号、93号、157号、165号、852号或855号巴士均可。
在第2个车站(不包括上车的车站),编号41141的车站下车,即亚当路(Adam Road)新加坡岛屿乡村俱乐部(Singapore Island Country Club)入口前的车站。使用人行天桥过马路,逆着车行的方向步行进入森路(Sime Road),然后转入第二个左转便可看见武吉布郎的正门就在前面不远处。

自己开车:从罗尼路(Lornie Road)转入森路(Sime Road),然后转左进入罗弄哈哇(Lorong Halwa)。武吉布郎正门铁闸附近的空地可停车。

Lorong Halwa, Singapore, Singapore
Tan Swee Kee, died May 1924 - Teochew tomb, Hill 2, right of Tan Yong Thian (Photo: Peter Pak)

Tan Swee Kee, died May 1924 – Teochew tomb, Hill 2, right of Tan Yong Thian (Photo: Peter Pak)

Andrew and Simone will be taking you on a walk into the twilight!
We will be covering Ong Sam Leong, some of our pioneers, and followed lastly with another mystery location.

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery.
Come discover our heritage, history and habitat.

LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

How to get there and handy tips here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so. To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 4pm.

Meeting Point: Bukit Brown Under the Rain tree at the roundabout.

Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.

The largest tomb in Bukit Brown - of Ong Sam Leong and his wife.

The largest tomb in Bukit Brown – of Ong Sam Leong and his wife.

 

guide Andrew

guide Andrew

Starting from MacRitchie Reservoir we will walk to Bukit Brown, visit some prominent tombs along the way and end our tour at Adam Road Hawker Centre
Meeting Point: meet at the white pillars just off the traffic circus at the main entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir (contact Keng Kiat in case lost: 9790 3886)
End Point: Adam Hawker Centre
Route: all hills! will visit some prominent tombs along the way.
LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

Day: Sunday 01 September 2013

Time: 7:15 am. to 10:00 a.m.

By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so. To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point.

Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.

Keng Kiat

Keng Kiat

one of the groups walking through Bukit Brown's vegetation

one of the groups walking through Bukit Brown’s vegetation

 

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery. 
Come discover our heritage, history and habitat. 

Join Fabian as he tells you stories of the pioneers, from the personal to the political, and unravels the stories of the delicate and exquisitely carved panels inspired by Chinese culture and tradition.

LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

Day: Sunday 25 August 2013

Time: 9:00 am. to 11:30 a.m.

By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so. To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …
Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join’ on the FB event page to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 9am.

Meeting Point: Bukit Brown Under the Rain tree at the roundabout.

How to get there

Group 2 parting shot for the day (photo Jonathan Siew)

 (photo Jonathan Siew)

Fabian Tee

Fabian Tee

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Aug 18: Hill 1 & 2 Ramble

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery. 
Come discover our heritage, history and habitat. 

LTA has released news on exhumation and tender for road building. Take this opportunity to experience Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery as it is now.

Peter will be guiding participants through the heavily staked tombs of Hill 1 and Hill 2 and share the stories about their occupants. Where time permits, we might head on to visit the biggest tomb in Bukit Brown, the tomb of Mr Ong Sam Leong and his wife.

Day: Aug 18

Time: 9 1.m. to 11:30 a.m.

How to get there

Sign up on the Facebook event page to give us an idea how many are coming, or just turn up!

 

And the stations were all running late because Peter  was loathed to let the group go before a group photo

And the stations were all running late because Peter was loathed to let the group go before a group photo

 

It was Singapore’s 48th National Day and Bukit Brown’s 91st year.  We sang the national anthem and recited the pledge with gusto and with pride. But when it came to observing a minute’s silence to honour  the pioneers who are buried in Bukit Brown, there was a palpable sense of sadness. We remembered especially those whose graves are to be exhumed to make way for the highway..

James Tann captured this poignant moment as some 80 participants from the guided walks , stood shoulder to shoulder with the Brownies

And  the celebrations continued with cake, supper and music in the air.

Brownies_Ee Hoon

Brownies baked in a cake by Charlene Tan (photo Khoo Ee Hoon)

Food_Ee Hoon

A well deserved supper organised by Andrew Lim (photo Khoo Ee Hoon)

And there was music

Music_Ee Hoon

The brownie troubadours( L-R) Mil,Alex, Kwok Peng, Su Min (photo Khoo Ee Hoon)

Earlier, the participants had  fanned out over all 5 hills  on a 2 hour walk, as the  Brownies  shared stories from beyond the graves,  of the trials  and tribulations of the early pioneers. The Brownies who led the guided walks for NDP2013 :Many Stories, One Singapore@Bukit Brown were, Yik Han, Fabian, Catherine, Peter, Mil, Bianca and Claire.

Yik Han_Catherine

Brownie Yik Han (in red) surging ahead in Hill 4 (photo Catherine)

Group 1 n 3 _Mil Phuah

The group which covered Hills 1 and 3  led by Brownie Mil Phuah took their group photo at her grandfather’s tomb cluster (Photo Mil Phuah)

One of the first groups to arrive were the heroes who completed the full walk starting from Kranji, through the rail corridor and ended at Bukit Brown for the guided walks. — at The National Day walk for a Greener Singapore: Former Rail Corridor-Central Catchment Area-Bukit Brown Cemetery.

Rail Corridor Walk_Bianca Polak

Participants from the Rail Corridor walk (photo Bianca Polak)

Flower offerings_A.J. Leow

Flowers and sago seeds to remember  the forgotten (photo A.J. Leow)

As Claire led a guided walk over hills 5 and 2, . A.J. Leow, a participant reflected :

Somebody has to tell the next and this generation — Who came before us….We need more storytellers to tell our history

Claire story telling_A.J. Leow

Claire telling the story of coolie Fang Shan (photo A.J. Leow)

“Why 星汌 — when they first arrive (by sea), they see the shimmering lights — and they know it’s where the stars beckon. They have arrived in Singapore. 星汌 is our version of the Statue of Liberty, 星 加坡 seems a better choice than 新加坡. Think of 星汌 the lights of the shimmering harbor lights (stars) as they see Singapore for the first  time” A.J. Leow

The Chinese characters of Island of Stars (A.J. Leow)

The Chinese characters 星汌 which  means Island  of Stars (A.J. Leow)

 Darren Koh was moved to pen a tribute to the Brownies.

“On behalf of the how many thousands who have heard the many stories, the many histories, the many tales from the Brownies: I thank you. I thank you all for showing us a part of the warp and weft of history hidden to many of us. I thank you all for the passion that all of you have put, all that you have contributed whether by way of knowledge and research, by bush-bashing and discovery, by organisation and dissemination of information, by just being a friendly face that says hello, or just being there.

Were it not for the rise of the Brownies, the Tomb Whisperer and his brother alone would never have been able to reach out to so many.

It is said, “Cometh the hour, cometh the man.” In this instance, it was two women, and then many more – men and women who have joined in: one has gone ahead to her rest, but many still come.

All you Brownies – you earned that title. For your ceaseless search of tombs, for your ceaseless dissemination of the stories found. For the many tours you have led. For those moments when you look at greenery and cry a little wondering how, how could it be torn up – and then look into the eyes of those listening to your words about the pioneers and say “Let’s go to the next tomb..” Thank you”

From Theresa Teng: “What could be more meaningful than spending Singapore’s National Day in a place where pioneers of Singapore lay rested. A minute of silent was observed to commemorate the 4000+ tombs that will be sacrificed for a new highway, that will be build to cut right through Bukit Brown cemeteries.I’ve never been more proud of my adopted country than at this moment. Everyone united to stand for a cause. Mind you, there are plenty of foreigners in the group who cared so much about the heritage of Bukit Brown too.Hopefully, it’s still not too late for a miracle to happen. Just maybe…….”

From All Things Bukit Brown, in gratitude  : Without the support and encouragement of the Heritage Singapore – Bukit Brown Community we would not have traveled so far. Thank you for walking shoulder to shoulder with us.

And last but not least, we end with a moving tribute  to the 4,513 graves that will be exhumed at Bukit Brown.  Matt Tan, penned the words in the Peranakan style of  the pantun. Claire Leow translated with poetic license.

(photo Victor Yue)

“When stories are lost, the narrative is broken” (photo Victor Yue)
Bukit Brown
Bukit Brown, Bukit Kuburan
4,153 tempat tido akan di korek
ape yaukin di bikin
kehilangan cherita tak boleh di gantikan
 
Bukit Brown, the Hill of Graves
4,153 in repose to be deposed
Why the urgency ?
When the stories are lost, the narrative is broken
(photo A.J.Leow)

(photo A.J.Leow)

-The End-

 

 

Join Brownie Keng Kiat for guided walks Thursday 8th August and Sunday 11th August to  Hills 4 and 1, respectively.

Time: 9am – 11.30am, Meeting place at the ‘ole raintree to the left as you enter the gates at Jalan Halwa

How to get there and handy tips here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

By agreeing to take this walking tour of bukit brown cemetery I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE … Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please click ‘Join for August 8th walk here  and Sunday August, 11th walk here. to us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 9am.

Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.

Keng Kiat introduces grandparents of Lim Boon Keng (Photo: Claire Leow)

Keng Kiat introduces the parents of Lim Boon Keng (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

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National Day Events 2013

A long weekend, and lots of heritage events for you relating to Bukit Brown – onsite and offsite!

Onsite: National Day, 9 August, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

“Many Stories, One Singapore@Bukit Brown”

From coolies to compradors, poets to philanthropists, businessmen to bankers, entrepreneurs to educationists, doctors to diplomats, musicians, builders, architects and our war heroes : this National Day, we honour our early pioneers and their contributions to the nation. Join us as we fan out over all 5 hills of Bukit Brown, and bring a stalk of flowers to lay on their graves in gratitude and remembrance for their trials and tribulations.

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the guided walks at 6.30pm. Bring torches to light up the evening as we continue the celebrations with pop quizzes on All Things Bukit Brown. Prizes include framed Peranakan tiles and the All Things Bukit Brown t-shirts.

The event: Last year, we had our debut NDP (Nation’s Deceased Pioneers) commemoration and it was a HUGE success.

Getting  to Bukit Brown

To give us an estimate of number of participants coming, please click join here and leave a comment if you are bringing  guests.

How to get there and other info: click here.

Flying the flag high and proud. Majullah Singapura! With thanks and respect to all who came before us, and built this land.

Flying the flag high and proud. Majullah Singapura! With thanks and respect to all who came before us, and built this land.

 

There are 3 offsite events at the Esplanade:

The EVENT:
National Day Celebrations at Esplanade:

8 Raffles Avenue #03-01, Singapore.

This 5-day festival from 7 – 11 Aug, invites Singaporeans and the community-at-large to join in the celebratory atmosphere with the programmes that Esplanade are presenting. This festival also allows us to reflect on what being a Singaporean means and what it means to call Singapore home.

Below left:

When: 10 Aug, 4 pm – 5 pm

Who: Victor Lim, a Peranakan and Tile Collector, is the manager of Aster by Kyra, a company that manufactures ceramic tiles using Italian technology, specializing in custom designs. He has been collecting and restoring Peranakan Tiles since the 1970s. He offers workshops to Tile Collectors on restoration and has a collection of up to 8,000 Peranakan Tiles to-date.

What: Talk: “An insight to the world of Peranakan (Majolica) Tiles”. He will take us on a brief historical journey, sharing tile applications found in Peranakan homes as well as showcasing the different types of tiles made by manufacturers of that era.

Workshop: There will also be a tile painting workshop at the concourse area by Sugen Ramiah and assisted by Ai Loon

Majolica Tiles Exhibition

When: 10 Aug, 5:30 pm – 6.30m

Who: Ang Yik Han an engineer by training,  maintains an interest in the history of the Chinese overseas. He has studied stone carvings from traditional buildings in Singapore as well as Bukit Brown Cemetery for his research.

What: The Story of Stones. A Chinese Compendium: Stone Carvings. Intricate craftsmanship and artistry on stone carvings can be seen in homes, iconic buildings and even tombs around Singapore. We invite you to listen to Ang Yik Han as he uncovers stories literally set in stone that reveal gems from the past.

OSL Panel (photo Yik Han)

Carvings on the Earth Deity of the largest family cluster embed auspicious elements. (photo Yik Han)

When: 11 Aug, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Who: Mok  Ly Yng is a freelance mapping consultant and researcher in Singapore. He received his M.Sc. in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) from the University of Edinburgh. He had been a Branch Head in Mapping Unit and a contract researcher with the National Archives of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London. His hobby is researching the history of surveys and mapping in Singapore.

What: Talk: “Mapping Singapore: a potted history”.  Starting with the founding of Singapore in 1819, this presentation will review the major periods of map-making in Singapore’s history until the present. Representative and significant maps from each period will be highlighted.

Mok's map talk @ Esplanade

When: 11 Aug, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Who: Mok  Ly Yng is a freelance mapping consultant and researcher in Singapore. He received his M.Sc. in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) from the University of Edinburgh. He had been a Branch Head in Mapping Unit and a contract researcher with the National Archives of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London. His hobby is researching the history of surveys and mapping in Singapore.

What: Talk: “Mapping Singapore: a potted history”.  Starting with the founding of Singapore in 1819, this presentation will review the major periods of map-making in Singapore’s history until the present. Representative and significant maps from each period will be highlighted.

 

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