Battlefield Tour (Father’s Day special)8
On Sunday, June 17, all things Bukit Brown was privileged to have battlefield archaeologist, Jon Cooper, of The Adam Park Project led the inaugural Battlefield Tour at Cemetery Hill, as Bukit Brown was known 70 years ago when a battle was fought shortly before Singapore fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.
The tour starts on the bridge where Sime Road meets Lornie Road, for an explanation of how that corner came to be called Hellfire Corner, as Jon explains Yamashita’s strategy for the Japanese Imperial Army to crush the defending British forces in the Battle for Singapore.
We will have a reprise in late July. Watch out for our details.
Where to meet:
* at the overhead bridge where Sime Road meets Lornie Road, better known as the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) traffic light. Those coming by bus, the bus stops are right by the overhead bridge. Map here. See you at the bridge.
* Those coming by car, please park near Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates on Lorong Halwa or in the roundabout after the gates.
Time to meet:
to be confirmed.
$15 a person. Please register on the Facebook event page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have a Facebook account. Due to the narrow roads, we are capping participation to 25 persons.
Tips on visits:
Please dress appropriately and bring enough water for your hike. Mosquito repellent highly recommended. More tips here, including how to get there.
What the tour entails:
We will start at Hellfire Corner and trace the advance of the Japanese tank division.
We will cross from the SICC side back across the overhead bridge to Sime Road entrance to Bukit Brown Cemetery. We will stop at Seh Ong Cemetery to look at how the British soldiers would have tried to build defensive positions.
Volunteer guides from all things Bukit Brown will join Jon to explain the heritage elements of the two cemeteries, Seh Ong and Bukit Brown.
We will end at the tomb of a war hero.
Join us as we share the Heritage. Habitat. History.