Holiday Hackathon Day 2: What Does a Soon-To-Be-Ex-Gravesite Look Like?
Today, I headed out to Bukit Brown, a Chinese cemetery here in Singapore that is going to be torn down to make way for a road. It is the first Chinese cemetery in colonial Singapore—lots of pioneers are buried here. It has been listed as at risk site on the 2014 World Monuments Watch.
I really hope I never have to do this to any of my dead relatives.
It is such a lovely cemetery. I like coming across the ones under huge trees. It was a very peaceful oasis, surrounded by a country club and homes for rich people.
There were many graves where I saw recent offerings of food, as though an apology to those who were to be exhumed. The unclaimed ones, I read on the signs, were to be cremated and the ashes cast into the sea.
I loved these pinwheels in this graveyard.
There is something about walking that untangles my thoughts and gives me clarity. Such a beautiful place! Go see it before it’s gone.
I’ve seen this sign about a year back. Pretty saddening that even the dead can’t rest in peace.