Joo Chiat: A place, a person, a revolution - History in Bukit Brown. A walk with Chyen Yee and Beng Tang (6 Aug, 9.am)


A striking example of the resourcefulness of the Chinese of making a fortune in Malaya, writes a correspondent, is recorded in the life Chew Joo Chiat ......He was a Hokien and landed at Singapore from Amoy, some 50 years or more, a penniless boy..............” Straits Times Singapore, 11.02.26

That passage, gave Philip Chew, the great-granson of the man himself, the inspiration for the title of his book, "A penniless boy, Chew Joo Chiat". Joo Chiat the man was resourceful, and in time he became a housing developer, a planter (rubber, coconut and spices), a tin miner, a trader, a banker and many others.

Joo Chiat the person was also a Chinese revolutionary - or at least supported the cause espoused by Sun Yat Sen. He was a member of the Tong Men Hui - a society of supporters based here in Singapore.

Most people today know Joo Chiat as a place, now commonly linked to Katong, and intricately bound-up with the idea of the Peranakans.

Bukit Brown - it's actually MORE than just another cemetery, and MORE than just abandoned tombs. Come this Sunday morning, and listen as Chyen Yee and Beng share with you the history of the place; see what stories the old stones can tell, look at some of the material culture found here. Listen to the real sounds of birds and even get to admire some real "super trees!" Come walk with them, and visit with the man Chew Joo Chiat himself. Yes, he is there. And also with some of his friends, and some of the people now called "Peranakans", and learn about the history of Singapore you never knew...

Bukit Brown - where stories never cease...


The guided walk starts at 9.00 am and will end before 12.00pm

Meeting Point: Meeting Point A (Block 2, 5 entrance). See map below (click on "Read More"). More instructions at http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=10124

Difficulty: Average, some trekking required
Please do not wear short shorts as you will be walking through grass and hedges.
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.

"We guide rain or shine"
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, you understand and accept that you must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, you agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to yourself and persons in your care (including child or ward)

Registration: Our weekend public walks are FREE

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. http://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 first road (block 2,5 entrance), where parking is limited along the roadside. Try to use public transport to get there.

Meeting Point: Meeting Point A (Block 2, 5 entrance). See map below (click on "Read More"). More instructions at http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=10124

  • The event description was updated. Diff#265969 2017-07-31 13:49:19
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