Heritage activists: Bukit Brown more than just a cemetery; it's a 'living museum' of Singapore's pioneers

What makes Bukit Brown special is that many of its more than 100,000 tomb stones are well-preserved examples of Chinese grave architecture.
What makes Bukit Brown special is that many of its more than 100,000 tomb stones are well-preserved examples of Chinese grave architecture.PHOTO: RAYMOND GOH

SINGAPORE - Brothers Raymond and Charles Goh - dubbed Singapore's "tomb hunters" - met me at Bukit Brown cemetery on a rainy Saturday morning last weekend for an interview, which I was ill-clad for as I thought the weather would hold up.

The 162ha Bukit Brown cemetery, which was closed in 1973, is the final resting place for some of Singapore's earliest pioneers. Some families have come to the cemetery at night to place offerings during the Chinese Seventh Month from Aug 19 to Sept 16.

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