Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice® 2013 Winner “Ranked #16 of 665 attractions in Singapore. “
6 November, 2013.
“Get there before its too late…This is a very special place – peaceful, beautiful, historic, and a natural wildlife haven”
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
Singapore is a concrete jungle and if there is a garden, it is man-made, like Gardens by the Bay…..(except for) a historical site called Bukit Brown.
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
It was like stepping back 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!
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 back 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
“The most beautiful place on earth”
Jo Prudence, descendant of George Henry Brown, after whom the cemetery is named.
A spectacular time-lapse aerial video of Bukit Brown
More beauty shots of Bukit Brown here
31 October 2013
Bukit Brown is home to some 90 species of resident and migrant birds. These photos by Goh Yew Lin, capture some of the birds feeding in the early morning. The “wild fruits” are the ripe figs of Ficus benjamina (Waringin, Weeping Fig). This strangling Ficus species is one of keystone tree species in Bukit Brown. Whenever these trees are figging, the birds go gaga over the fruit feast.
“It started off as a dream. A dream to create a video where one or more musicians play beautiful music as they explore the ‘invisible’ gem of Bukit Brown “
Environmentalist Cuifen wanted to make Bukit Brown more “visible” to share its beauty and tranquility.
The result ” Ukelady meets Ukebaba in Bukit Brown Conversations”
Please share, and share and share this video and let it go viral, so others can enjoy Bukit Brown too!
More on Cuifen’s thoughts on Bukit Brown in her blog Conscious Steps
Cuifen would like to thank :
Ukelady – Yen Lin
Ukebaba – Su Min
Video editor – Jasmine
Video & mic equipment – Ee Hoon
On site, music & transcript support – Pei Yun
Story boarding was a team effort -off and on location, -with Mok and Cuifen.
By Lishan Chan
Bukit Brown is the burial place of many of Singapore’s pioneers, as well as home to a diversity of flora and fauna. What stands out to me, however, is the sense of enchantment that I feel whenever I go walking at Bukit Brown. Walking, for me, is a meandering immersive intuitively guided impressionistic wandering through paths or trails. Time stands still for an hour, a couple of hours.
Whether day or night, Bukit Brown is highly picturesque.
By day, I see a magical landscape made up of a large variety of luxurious vegetation. Scanning my eye over the scenery, I feel a sense of oneness with nature. The humidity casts a blanket of luminous mist across what feels like a warm and windless seaweed forest. To my untrained eye, I can only make out the fern-covered rain trees and the banyan trees with their straggling roots. Otherwise, it is a green blur of cascading foliage, rich and gorgeous, pulsing with life. Overhead, the cumulus clouds hang, and swifts circle the air.
At night, I see moonlight filtering through the vivid black and thick branches of the trees. The silhouettes of trees, ferns, creepers and canopy mark out a spectacular yet somewhat desolate landscape. A bat majestically flits past as though in slow motion. I note the gravestones surrounded and taken over by an undulating expanse of cool forest and long grasses that dance to a breeze running as a wave through the cemetery. Sound and vision merge into a wholeness of experience, and I can almost see the deafening calls of insects and creatures of the night.
It is a real pity that this enchanting spot will be destroyed, as work for the eight-lane expressway through the cemetery begins.
About Lishan Chan: Lishan blogs at lishanchan.wordpress.com. Her book, A Philosopher’s Madness, was published in 2012.
Spotted on the 16th June Sunday Heritage Tour by brownie Steven Toong, in Hill 4, a beautiful python.
On behalf of these sentient creatures, we reproduce this eye-witness account and plea for the lives of the wild dogs of Bukit Brown:
She had left her pack, maybe in search of food, maybe in search of a better life.. Or maybe she was just lost.
The poor dogs in bukit brown are all painfully thin. This girl ate up all the kibbles we gave her. Maybe it was good karma in her previous life, but she will never have to suffer the daily pain and agony which her pack has suffered; the painful hunger of never having enough to eat, or the terrible life of being witch hunted everyday of her existence.”
~ Dr Siew Tuck Wah
Nature’s way at Bukit Brown. Photos by Shawn Chia, a student at Anglo Chinese (Independent), who says:
“The beauty of nature is something man cannot replicate through his creations. So I think the reason why nature interests me is to enjoy that beauty and wonder. Growing up in an urban setting full of buildings and other artificiality gets really boring after a while, so I like to escape to nature. Its really disappointing how the government thinks that nature has no place in society, but really I feel that man is incomplete without nature. In fact, we are a part of nature and have no right to destroy it.”
Clouded monitor lizard (possibly Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) on tembusu tree, Bukit Brown. Spotted by Lai Chee Kien with the help of Angie Ng.
Strike a pose!