Want to take a stress relieving stroll in Singapore? Look no further than Bukit Brown. Situated close to the city, Bukit Brown is a disused cemetery in Singapore. It is believed to be one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside China and is the resting place of many pioneers of Singapore. One of the few natural green places left in Singapore, it was virtually unknown till about a few years ago. Here are some reasons to visit Bukit Brown.
1. Enjoy the peace and quiet
Bukit Brown is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Once you are inside the lush green grounds, you will forget that you are in a city. Enjoy a quiet morning walk in the meandering paths and let go of any stress you have. You can also bring your bicycle if you like.
2. Explore the history
Did you know that Bukit Brown is the resting place of many pioneers of Singapore such as Cheang Hong Lim, Chew Boon Lay and Gan Eng Seng? Go around and explore the tombs. The tiles and carvings are worth appreciating. Of particular interest is the tomb of Ong Sam Leong, which is the largest tomb in the cemetery and guarded by statues of Sikh guards. The tomb also offers a view of the MacRitchie reservoir.
For bird enthusiasts, Bukit Brown is a paradise. The Nature Society of Singapore has recorded about 90 bird species here (that’s 25% of all bird species recorded in Singapore). Many of these birds are critically endangered. To catch sight of these birds, a good time to visit is early morning between 7am to 9:30am when the birds are active.
4. Sign up for free tours
Can’t find companions to join you? A volunteer group called “All Things Bukit Brown” regularly organises guided tours of Bukit Brown. These tours are a good way to explore the place. Your volunteer tour guides will also share interesting anecdotes about the history and point out the tombs of important pioneers of Singapore.
5. Visit it while it lasts
Unfortunately, Bukit Brown may not last forever. Part of the cemetery has already been demolished and the graves exhumed for the construction of a highway. The rest of the cemetery is currently slated for redevelopment. Make sure you visit this beautiful place while it is still there.
How to visit:
The most convenient way is to use public transport.
From Farrer Road MRT station: Take exit B and walk to bus stop 11111 “Farrer Rd Stn”. Take buses 93, 165, 852 or 855 and Alight at bus stop #41141 “Before SICC (Singapore Island Country Club)”.
From Marymount MRT Station: Walk to bus stop #53019 “Opp St. Theresa’s Home” and take buses 52, 74, 165, 852 or 855. Alight at bus stop #41149 “Opposite SICC”.
Tips for visiting:
Make sure that you use the toilet before coming, as there are no toilet facilities nearby.
Bring mosquito repellants, a cap and enough water.
Is a cemetery visit not something up your alley? Check out our other suggestions on the things to do in Singapore.