Bukit Brown gates [photo: Theresa Teng]

Passages – Journeys of Life (Sunday 5 Jul’15 @4pm)

Professor Dan Beachy-Quick said that poems are thresholds. Poems open doors that lead to other doors that lead to new rooms, new perspectives. Poems should always endeavor to exist in that doorway between chaos and calm. For 93 years, these gates have welcomed the dearly departed and their descendants in their final passage. Come join Claire and Darren as they retell stories of the lives of our pioneers, through prose and poetry, on their passages of life. Familiar words, unfamiliar […]

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Visiting the “Secret” Jungle Temple with Peter (Sunday 5 Jul’15 @9am)

Join Peter as we visit a temple in the jungle of Lao Sua and check out remnants of an old kampong and old tombs around that area. We will then make our back to Bukit Brown cemetery and end our tour there. Please note that this tour includes some jungle trekking. ————————————————————————— This guided walk starts at 09.00am and ends at 11.30pm Meeting Point: Bukit Brown entrance gates at Lorong Halwa ————————————————————————— Difficulty: Average, some trekking required Please bring umbrella […]

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Mdm Chng of the Pang Family

  Mdm Chng of the Pang Family – A Mother of Journalists, Educationists and Revolutionaries by Ang Yik Han Located at Hill 4 in Bukit Brown, the Teochew style tomb of Mdm Chng of the Pang family (方母莊太夫人) is simple and nondescript.  A sharp-eyed observer will notice however that the calligraphy on the tombstone came from the hand of Lin Sen (林森), Chairman, of the ruling pre war Nationalist government in China. Another sign of her family’s close connection to […]

Beng explaining about edible plants

Fruits and Vegetables of Bukit Brown by Beng Tang (Sat 27 Jun’15 @9am)

Join Beng Tang on a guided walk of Bukit Brown cemetery and learn more about the edible fruits and vegetables that you can find there. During the Japanese occupation of Singapore, the Japanese kept the rice to feed their armies so the civilians of Singapore survived on tapioca, sweet potato and yam. Come on a tour of Bukit Brown to see some of these plants and others that can be eaten. ————————————————————————— This guided walk starts at 09.00am and ends […]


To Penang With Love….

The Penang Heritage Festival 2015  will be soon be upon us, mark your calenders 4th July to 7th July,  book your flights and head north, for this year’s theme will leave you salivating. ‘EAT RITE: Rituals Foods of George Town’, Heritage Celebrations 2015 puts the focus on the city’s festive heritage with emphasis on the special foods made to celebrate each occasion. More than just a source of nutrients, such foods are rich with significance and symbolism that express the […]

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An Old Trustee of the Soon Thian Keing

  He was an old  trustee of the Soon Thian Keing (Temple)  who together with his wife is buried at Bukit Brown. Through his personal memories, Ho Siew Tien (1864-1960) helped shed light on the temple’s history. This story by Ang Yik Han begins with the origins of one of the oldest temples in Singapore. *************************************************************************************** In the 1980s, a debate took place in the local newspapers over the age of an old Chinese temple dedicated to the earth deity […]

[photo credit: Chew Keng Kiat]

Hill 3 Walk with Keng Kiat (Sat 20 Jun’15 @4.30pm)

Join Keng Kiat for a little trek around the biggest hill in Bukit Brown, and hear him share stories of pioneers who are buried there, such as Lim Teck Kim (of Lim Teck Kim Road), Tan Chew Kim, and Gan Eng Seng (of Gan Eng Seng School). ————————————————————————— This guided walk starts at 4.30pm and ends at 7.00pm Meeting Point: Bukit Brown entrance gates at Lorong Halwa ————————————————————————— Difficulty: Average, some trekking required Please bring umbrella or poncho / sun […]

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Ang Kok Kian – Pioneer of Soap Industry

Ang Kok Kian – A Pioneer of the Soap industry by Ang Yik Han It is not clear if Ang Kok Kian (洪轂堅) grew up in Penang or he travelled there from his ancestral village in Nan’an county, Fujian province. During the 1910s, he moved to Taiping with his family but left after two years for Singapore, where he felt there were better prospects. Of the businesses he established in Singapore, the most successful was the See Sen Soap Factory […]


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