Bukit Brown Watch Day 2015

Date and Time: Saturday March 14, 8.00am – 12.30pm

All Things Bukit Brown, a civil society group of volunteers, will mark World Monuments Watch Day for Singapore’s first and only World Monuments Fund watch site, Bukit Brown Cemetery, on Saturday 14 March 2015 in a programme of exclusive events to raise awareness on the Heritage, Habitat and History of Bukit Brown.

Watch Day marks the listing of Bukit Brown Cemetery by the World Monuments Fund in October 2013, putting the site on the watch list with 66 other sites globally for 2014 to 2016, in a bid to raise global awareness of sites under threat and encouraging community engagement to take ownership.

On the Bukit Brown Watch Day, we celebrate community at the site with a choice of guided walks from nature trails to unravelling the ties of kin and clan, deciphering the stories of the exquisitely carved stones, storytelling for children, a sketch walk and stations to play some traditional games or try your hand at painting your own tiles inspired by the “Peranakan” tiles of the graves.

The event is organised by All Things Bukit Brown with the support of the Singapore Heritage Society and the Nature Society of Singapore.

Meeting Point and Registration: Open air-area, approximately 200 meters as you enter the main gates of Bukit Brown at Lorong Halwa, on your right just pass the green hoardings, there will be directional signs at various vantage points.

Please note ticketed events are limited to one event, the schedule and geographical space does not lend itself for attendance to more than one ticketed event. There will however be additional activities scheduled for ticket holders to participate in.

Ticket price includes a limited edition Watch Day Tote Bag with a magnet tile and a snack pack of traditional sweets and a bottle of water.

Ticket Types:

A. Introduction to Bird Watching with Wing Chong

08.30am – 11.30am (20 tickets)

Home to over 90 resident and migratory birds, Bukit Brown in the morning greets with a chorus of bird song and flashes of colours from pink and green neck pigeons to the cobalt blue of kingfishers.

Join Wing Chong, Chairman of the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) bird group and you may just catch more than a glimpse of the 13 endangered species which include the red jungle fowl and the Changeable Hawk. (binoculars recommended)

B. Unravelling the Connections of Clan and Kin – by Ang Yik Han and Raymond Goh (20 tickets)

Part 1 08.30am – 10.00am with Yik Han

Part 2 10.15am – 12.00 pm with Raymond

Conducted in English, this is highly recommended for those with knowledge of Mandarin who want to delve deeper into familial and socio-economic ties of the past. Both tours will cover tomb inscriptions which are the stone thumb drives of the past. This is a 2- part tour with Yik Han conducting Part 1 covering Chinese clan connections and in Part 2, Raymond will share his new discoveries found just weeks ago during his “bush bashing” this year on the genealogy of pioneer families.

Raymond and Yik Han are the keen researchers of All Things Chinese past among the Brownies.

C. Tales of Wisdom and Wonder: The Young Story Teller with Rosemarie Somaiah

08.45am – 10.00am (25 Tickets including accompanying parents)

Suitable for 4 years upwards, please note a parent must accompany and be responsible for their child/children. Recommended that you bring your own mats to sit on

Join storyteller and published author Rosemarie as she shares stories that honour family and heritage and celebrate the world around us at the largest family tomb cluster of Bukit Brown where the carvings abound with stories of filial piety and animal statuary.

Rosemarie has led workshops and told stories in local and international schools, museums, corporations, over the radio, in libraries and even on the MRT

D. Sikh Guards and Kampong Guided Walk with Peter Pak

10.00am-12.00pm (25 Tickets)

Combining his passion for Sikh Guard statuary and the flora and fauna of Bukit Brown, join the affable Peter on this trek retracing the bountiful harvest of the old Kampong and find out how a warrior race became elevated to tomb guardians and status symbols for the Chinese Towkays of the past.

E. Sketching for Beginners with Marcus Lim

10.00am – 12.00pm (20 Tickets)

Get inspired by the beauty and serenity that is Bukit Brown and let it guide your first heritage sketch with some help from Marcus, a historian painter who will help with introductory lessons on drawing. Please bring your own pen/pencil and sketch pad.

For his feature on samsui women, Marcus won the 'Cover Art of the Decade' by the Asian Geographic Magazine and he was Singapore’s first representative to the International Portrait Artists' Conference in Washington DC, in 2010.

Additional Activities opened to all Ticket Holders

F. Old School Games with Andrew Lim

Suitable for the young and those forever young

This is a free and easy station starting from 09.00am onwards, ending at 12.00pm

Experience a time when games were more social and did not need batteries or high speed connectivity, yet still needed skills and could be just as competitive. Remember the capteh (shuttlecock), goli (marble balls), five-stones, zero-point (rubber-band rope), kuti-kuti (flick)? (Re)discover some of these toys at the Old-School Games station and find out if you (still) have what it takes to beat your opponents.

G. “Peranakan” Tile Painting

Session 1: 09.00am – 10.00am

Session 2: 10.30am – 11.30am

“Peranakan” Tiles are almost ubiquitous, gracing the shophouses of our past, temples, walkways, tombs and in some modern homes with a wide array of colours and designs. They are also rich in symbolism. These decorative tiles were very popular in the 20th Century and were imported from various countries. Learn the history of the Peranakan Tiles and paint one of your very own.

*Paint, paint brush and tiles provided. Limited to one tile per participant.

H. The Wayang of the Tombs by Yik Han

10.30am – 12.00pm (limited to 30 participants)

The exquisite carvings on the tombstones of Bukit Brown, come alive with stories from the great Chinese classics, shared by Yik Han who will also highlight the symbolism and significance of grave artefacts and statuary.


What you should know

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take part in the activities of Watch Day 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)

There are minimal toilet facilities and these are located near the entrance just for Watch Day.

In case of heavy rain and lightning, we will be taking shelter at a site office at the entrance of Bukit Brown. Activities will however continue if there is a light drizzle so please come prepared with umbrellas and/or ponchos.

What to Wear
Please wear comfortable clothes, covered shoes (suitable for light trekking) sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

What to bring
Water and a packet of traditional sweets will be provided but feel free to bring your own snacks to munch along the way if you tend to get peckish. For Story Telling please bring mats and for Sketching bring your own pen/pencils and sketch pads. Umbrellas and/or ponchos.

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Bukit Brown Cemetery
A. Introduction to Bird Watching SOLD OUT $6.00
B. Unravelling the Connections of Clan and Kin SOLD OUT $6.00
C. Tales of Wisdom and Wonder: The Young Story Teller SOLD OUT $6.00
D. Sikh Guards and Kampong Guided Walk SOLD OUT $6.00
E. Sketching for Beginners SOLD OUT $6.00
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Bukit Brown Cemetery, Lorong Halwa Singapore
Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.
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