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

Heritage activists and volunteers want to conserve Bukit Brown's sprawling historical and nature site for future generations

Offerings being made at Bukit Brown cemetery during the Hungry Ghost Festival, which runs from Aug 19 to Sept 16 this year.
Offerings being made at Bukit Brown cemetery during the Hungry Ghost Festival, which runs from Aug 19 to Sept 16 this year.PHOTO: RAYMOND GOH

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 for the Hungry Ghost Festival from Aug 19 to Wednesday.

But Bukit Brown is especially active during the Qing Ming period, when Chinese families visit to make offerings during the Tomb Sweeping Festival, which falls every year in April.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2020, with the headline ''Living museum' of the dead'. Print Edition | Subscribe