Walking Tour | Bukit Brown Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Heritage Singapore
Dates: 17 March 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 8.45 – 11.30am
Tour fee: $10 (for NUS students), $25 (for NUS staff and general public)
Please make tour fee payment by 15 March 2012 at NUS Museum upon receiving a confirmation email.
*Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.
Limited to 30 pax. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6516 8429.
Bukit Brown is where you can find the highest concentration of Singapore’s historical figures in the business, cultural, and literati world still buried. Some were also members of the revolutionary supporters collectively known as Tong Meng Hui who with Sun Yat Sen
played a part in China’s history.
This tour will introduce participants to prominent tombs which are crafted with sculptures and motifs rich in Chinese symbolism such as Golden Boy and Jade Girl, Fu Lu Shou, the Chinese unicorn or Qilin. Carved panels are inspired by Chinese classics such as the Three Kingdoms and filial piety tales, while the inclusion of Sikh Guards as tomb guardians stand out as an identifiably Singaporean feature. The tour facilitators will also share stories on the history behind some of the tombs.
Raymond and Charles Goh started exploring Bukit Brown in 2006, drawn there by their initial interest in the paranormal, and love for heritage. They soon realised that they were on the trail of a historical treasure trove, and started identifying and marking out prominent tombs. The brothers have developed an unerring instinct for locating tombs which are almost choked off from view by undergrowth and have helped descendants not only find their ancestors but also unravel their genealogical relationships. Together they have mapped and researched 50 tombs of note and are uncovering new ones almost every week.