9 & 10 June Tours



The exhumed tomb of Ong Seng Say (photo Raymond Goh)

Date: 9 June Saturday
Time: 9am to 11.30 am

Meeting Place: At the entrance gates of Bukit Brown at Lorong Halwa .

We will be covering Hill 2 and 5 – the  heavily staked area of the cemetery affected by the 8 lane highway and which also  cuts through the most beautiful valley in Bukit Brown…. PLUS a bonus of Oon Chim Neo – the largest single occupant tomb,  and in the same vicinity the recently exhumed tomb of Ong Seah Say – a member of the Tong Meng Hui – the band of men who supported Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary cause. Guide Su Lin will share her experience of documenting his private exhumation. Your other Guide is Claire

Join them as they “usher” you around Bukit Brown, and introduce you to some notable pioneers who had made great contributions to Singapore in the first half of the 20th century, as well as common citizens with interesting and heart-warming stories to share. Many of them are affected by the 8-lane highway. We also discuss the historical context of their lives and times.

Do register interest by clicking join on the FB event page for Saturday

For information on how to get there and handy tips please visit

Date: 10 June Sunday

Time 9 am to 12 pm

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

Discover the who’s who of Hill 3 with Peter Pak.  According to our API map, that would be groups 5, 6, 11 and 12. Peter’s emphasis will be group 6 area, in particular.He  will be covering the largest tomb Ong Sam Leong. From there,  heading  down to Chew Boon Lay. We will also be visiting the beautiful Teochew tombs of Leow Chia Heng and Low Peng Soy.

Here’s a map :


Do register interest on the FB event page for Sunday


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

General information:
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.

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.


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 sun block 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. A towel around your neck is a necessary fashion statement at Bukit Brown.

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


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.