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Hakka Cemetery

Residential Blocks for the living in the forebackground.

 

The Hakka Cemetery owes its beginning to the first influx of migrants from Guandong, China. Compared to the Hokkiens and Teochews, they are somewhat of a minority in Singapore. In 1887, a much larger plot of land at this current site was acquired to be used as a burial ground. In 1969, all land, except this small parcel of land where the current tombs are, was returned to the state, and a 99-year lease was signed.

Hakka Cemetery

Residential Blocks for the living in the forebackground.

 

The Hakka Cemetery owes its beginning to the first influx of migrants from Guandong, China. Compared to the Hokkiens and Teochews, they are somewhat of a minority in Singapore. In 1887, a much larger plot of land at this current site was acquired to be used as a burial ground. In 1969, all land, except this small parcel of land where the current tombs are, was returned to the state, and a 99-year lease was signed.

comments (15)

I am glad my apartment does not look out on a tomb...
Ayush Basu: In a place like Singapore where land is in short supply, this kind of a scenario can happen, Larry.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Dec 2016, 03:35
I like it a lot, Ayush, but feel you might have confused your "fore" and "back".
Ayush Basu: Indeed, you are right! And with that, I mixed the living and the deceased, Ray.
That's rather remarkable, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: In a place like Singapore where land is in short supply, this kind of a scenario can happen, Elizabeth.
WOW. What a thought-provoking juxtaposition, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: A short journey from the background to the foreground, in Singapore at least, Ginnie!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2016, 06:34
I liked the ancient Roman method of burial - along their roads
Ayush Basu: With that you reminded me of the construction workers of the Great Wall of China; apparently the dead were thrown in among the foundations being built of subsequent sections (I am not sure how substantiated that it, Lisl).
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2016, 06:36
Life's journey illustrated nicely Ayush
Ayush Basu: Ah yes, it is a short journey from the background to the foreground, in Singapore at least!
lovely balance in this shot!! and i love the processing! It gives character to the concrete jungle smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the studied remark, Elaine smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2016, 10:01
Powerful juxtaposition. I imagine any patch of green is welcome relief in this high rise area.
Ayush Basu: Perhaps in this area, but overall it is not as bad, Mike. There are large green spaces and protected by law and this has been the situation for about fifty years now.
That looks like a rubbish bin in the front Ayush, but surely it is not.
Ayush Basu: It is not, Chad, but I cannot confirm right now what it is - it could still be a bin to collect flammable remains of oil lamps, candles and incense sticks.
The monument seems to be made with thousands of tiny tiles.
Ayush Basu: You are absolutely right, Mary.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2016, 13:52
An interesting edifice and history Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It certainly has occupied some attention in the past and will again do so in the future, Anne. This is not too far away from the city business districts.
We once stayed in a cottage in Yorkshire that overlooked the churchyard. Still as they say it isn't the dead you need to worry about it's the living grin
Ayush Basu: I am sure the residents of this place would say the same thing, Bill smile I wonder though, if they have troubles finding tenants/purchasers.
Quite a complex of apartments there Ayush.
Ayush Basu: In land starved Singapore, this scene does recur a lot, Brian.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2016, 01:15
This works well in Black & White.
Ayush Basu: Then I am pleased, CP. I had both in b/w and colour versions but for some reason, I did not upload the colour version to SC.
Oh I think we have a few Hakka in Malaysia, in mid Johor, Sabah areas. JB is a Teochew hot spot. Penang, Hokkien. KL, Cantonese. A bit more diverse than Singapore.

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