Peranakan tiles in Bukit Brown (by Victor & Jonathan)


Decorative tiles have been used all around the world since ancient days. In this part of the world, these tiles are most notably linked to the people of the Peranakan descent - so much so, when faced with pictures such tiles, or these actual tiles themselves, many Singaporeans would refer to them as "Peranakan" tiles.

Bukit Brown is a unique place, for in its time, it was the one municipal cemetery to which many Peranakans would bury their dead as they did not have to strain to find links to any of the existing Chinese clans for access to the private clan graveyards. Bukit Brown cemetery has many graves beautifully decorated with these tiles. Truth be told - whether or not such tombs did belong to a Peranakan one would not know, for the use of such tiles was not exclusive to the Peranakan community. Be that as it may, the grounds of Bukit Brown holds many different tiles, from different parts of the world with many different sets of designs.

This Sunday, join Victor Lim & Jonathan Siew on a walk through the cemetery where they will focus on the various tiles used in the tomb designs. Learn more about "Peranakan" or majolica tiles from our tiles expert!

Meeting Point: Meeting Point B (platform at hill 1, via hill 1, 3 &4 entrance road). See map below (click on "Read More"). More instructions at http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=10124

Tour starts at 9am and ends at 12pm.

Difficulty: Average, some trekking required
Please bring umbrella or poncho / sun block / mosquito repellent.
Please wear covered footwear.


Bukit Brown was on the World Monuments Watch list 2014 . Find out what makes this a heritage site worthy of preserving. http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7930

"We guide rain, shine or exhumations"

Bukit Brown. More than a cemetery. More than a Chinese cemetery. Come discover our habitat, heritage, history. Exhumations have started. Many areas have been cordoned off.

How to get there and handy tips here: http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=7250




Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public tours are FREE …

Optimally the group size is 30 participants (15 individuals/guide).

Please register here for a free ticket to let us know you are coming, how many pax are turning up. Or just meet us at the starting point at 9am.

Brownie Code: We guide rain or shine.

Please take note:
1. We will be walking through the undergrowth so dress appropriately, especially your footwear.
2. Wear light breathable clothing. Long pants and long sleeves if you are prone to insect bites or sunburn. Bring sunblock and natural insect repellent.
3. Wear comfortable non-slip shoes as safety is important. Walking sticks are recommended.
4. Do read up on Bukit Brown before going so you have a better understanding of the place (e.g. BukitBrown.com)
5. Do bring water, light snacks, poncho/umbrella, sunhat and waterproof your electronics.
6. Please go to the toilet before coming. There are NO facilities anywhere there or nearby.

How to get there by MRT / Bus:

Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.

From North: Go to Marymount MRT and walk to bus-stop #53019 along Upper Thomson Road. Take Buses 52, 74, 165, 852, 855
Alight 6 stops later at bus-stop, #41149, opposite Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you see Lorong Halwa.

From South: Go to Farrer Road MRT and walk to bus-stop #11111 at Farrer Road, in front of Blocks 2 & 3. Take Buses 93, 165, 852, 855. Alight 5 stops later at bus-stop, #41141, just before Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), Adam Road. Cross the bridge, walk towards Sime Road, follow the road until you see Lorong Halwa.

By car:

Turn in from Lornie Road, to Sime Road. Then, turn left into the second road called Lorong Halwa New Cemetery Access (see map), where parking is limited along the roadside near the meeting point. The meeting point is at the platform at the start of Block 1 - Meeting point B (hill 1,3 & 4) as per description here. Try to use public transport to get there.

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Sun Mar 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM SGT
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Bukit Brown Cemetery, Lorong Halwa Singapore
Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.
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