May 19 & 20 Tours

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The Guiding Guides Tour By Raymond Goh

Date: Saturday 19 May

Time: 8.30am – 11.30am

We are opening up to the public just 10 places to join a training tour conducted by Raymond for out student volunteers. The route covers the most “staked” area in Bukit Brown, Blocks 5 and 2 and pass the beautiful valley where the highway bridge will traverse. It starts off with the largest single tomb located off Kheam Hock Road belonging to Oon Chim Neo, stake number 77. Please meet for this tour outside the gates at the junction of Lorong Halwa and Kheam Hock.

Raymond showing off Chew Joo Chiat's tomb at the last session ( photo Catherine Lim)

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit
http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

Registration:

Please click ‘Join’ on this FB event page We meet rain or shine. For more information on getting there, please scroll down page for more details.

Date: 20 May, Sunday
Time: 8.30am to 12pm
Think that our tours have been too easypeasy? Well, this one is NOT for the faint-hearted then!Come conquer Hill 3 with our volunteer Guides: Claire and Keng Kiat (97903886), as they challenge you to keep up with them as they climb up and down the biggest hill in Bukit Brown, and introduce you to some notable pioneers who had made great contributions to Singapore in the first half of the 20th century. We also discuss the historical context of their lives and times. Hill 3 is the largest of the five hills at Bukit Brown.

Date: 20 May, Sunday
Time: 8.30am to 12pm

Meeting Place: Under the large and beautiful, and possibly endangered, rain tree, at the Roundabout. After the main gate, go ahead another twenty metres, to the right of the SLA office

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit
http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=1347

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Registration:

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

Please click ‘Join’ on this 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. We meet there rain or shine.

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The tour:

The Bukit Brown area is about 233 hectares 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.

We will start with a safety briefing and quick history and geography of the grounds, and share with you the story of a man with a duo identity …

We will take a leisure climb to pay respect to a school founder, as the actual school teachers and students had recently done so …

We then take a side track and visit one of the important founders of Bukit Brown, who thankfully is not affected by the proposed highway …

Another arduous climb, and we will drop in on three neighbours from Semarang (Central Java) …

No visit to Bukit Brown is complete without visiting the biggest tomb there, as well as the famous coloured Sikh Guards …

And there are more, if you can keep up with us …

Don’t forget to bask in the peaceful surrounds, and also chat with your guides and make friends with other participants. We are amateurs and volunteers, but we are passionate and serious about what we do at Bukit Brown, and we encourage sharing of knowledge.

Here is a map of the grounds:
http://bukitbrown.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/API.BBC_.Map_.ver3_4.jpg
We will be covering several pioneers in groups 5, 6, 11 and 12.

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Please take note:

1. We will be walking mainly on paved roads. But there are hill treks so dress appropriately, especially your footwear.

2. Wear light breathable clothing. Long pants and long sleeves if you are prone to insect bites or sunburn. Bring sunblock and natural insect repellent.

3. Wear comfortable non-slip shoes as safety is important. Walking sticks are recommended.

4. Do read up on Bukit Brown before going so you have a better understanding of the place (e.g. BukitBrown.com)

5. Do bring water, light snacks, poncho/umbrella, sunhat and waterproof your electronics.

6. Please go to the toilet before coming. There are NO facilities anywhere there or nearby.

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How to get there by MRT / Bus:

Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.

From North: Go to Marymount MRT and walk to bus-stop #53019 along Upper Thomson Road. Take Buses 52, 74, 165, 852, 855
Alight 6 stops later at bus-stop, #41149, opposite Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

From South: Go to Botanic Gardens MRT and walk to bus-stop #41121 at Adam Road, in front of Singapore Bible College. Take Buses 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855. Alight 2 stops later at bus-stop, #41141, just before Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Cross the bridge, walk towards Sime Road, follow the road until you see Lorong Halwa.

By car:
Turn in from Lornie Road, to Sime Road. Then, turn left into Lorong Halwa.
Parking space available at the largish paved area near the cemetery gates.

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