May 5 Tour

  Date: 5 May 2012 (Sat) (Vesak Day! You should not be working cos its a public holiday …) Time: 9am to 11am Location: Meet the volunteer guides, Peter and Keng Kiat at the Bukit Brown Cemetery Roundabout, under the big and beautiful raintree, where there are table and chairs sitting around … (details below!) Registration: ======== This tour is open to public. Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide). Please click ‘Going’ on the FB event page or [...]

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

Photos by Suki Singh These are the real angry birds of Bukit Brown! And why are they so fierce-looking? Scroll down to see the chick they were protecting!       And this is their treasure…..    *** Previously spotted:      *** Suki is the honorary Sikh guard of Bukit Brown, and an avid photographer. He knows the grounds very well after decades patrolling it as a policeman. He specialises in night tours every full moon.       [...]

My Great Grandfather, C.K. Lim

Editor’s note: Here is a family who came to pay respects to what would have been the 100th birthday of their forebear. Contrary to some popular misconceptions, Bukit Brown is not just the resting place of the rich and famous of days past. The cemetery, being a municipal burial ground, was the final resting of many Chinese of all walks of life between 1922 and 1973. We like to share their stories. Sharon Lim lives in Vancouver, Canada and shared [...]

Remembering Nanyang at Bukit Brown

By Judith Huang So I finally made the trip to Bukit Brown Cemetery (BBC) on Sunday April 29, 2012 with a couple of friends. I was struck immediately by how well-organized everything was. Our tour guides, doing this entirely voluntarily and on their own initiative, told us all kinds of stories about the ecological features of the site as well as the cultural and historical significance of the tombs. Bukit Brown is a Chinese cemetery that houses the remains of [...]

A Songstress, A Heroine of Han Dynasty

By Ang Yik han     Diao Chan (貂蝉) was a humble singing girl thrust into the limelight during a tumultuous period. The Han Dynastywas at the end of its tether, imperial authority all but vanished and the empire wracked by constant strife between warlords who sought to fill the vacuum. One of them, Dong Zhuo (董卓), rid the court of the hated eunuchs but he quickly proved to be worse with his wanton cruelty after he usurped imperial power. [...]

Keepers’ Qing Ming

By Catherine Lim and Ang Yik Han Date line  Sunday 22 April 201 A week after the traditional fortnight period  of observances for family Qing Ming,  a group of tomb keepers  observed a collective  Qing Ming for the tombs under their care. The group of  5 take care of some 200 graves in blocks 5 and 2 at Bukit Brown.  A core group of 3 has been observing this practice for some 20 years.  They were joined this year by [...]