bukit-brown

Another submission. And extremely relevant after the riots in a city which everyone likes to consider a melting pot.


This is Ish Singh Sherdil. He is working on the history behind the cemeteries in Singapore, to trace back the culture of Sikh warriors acting as guards in Chinese cemeteries in Singapore.

“That was how I reconnected with the Singapore story. Where Bukit Brown reminded me of what it is to be a Singaporean. That we are willing to invite, embrace and accept differences, even taking them to our graves. If someone like me can have the audacity to put myself in an uncomfortable position - by learning about another culture, by being in a cemetery, by questioning my own faith - then so can you.
Get out there, search, and you too might just find a crazy relatable connection that binds us all together.”
Bukit Brown

Bukit Brown is one of Singapore’s oldest Chinese graveyards. As I work in the vicinity, I had the chance to drop by one day in between work to take some photos. I didn’t manage to explore the entire area of Bukit Brown, just the tiny patch next to Lornie Road. I will be visiting again.

The following tombs were dated circa 1930.

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