I previously posted this on the Hakka Cemetery in Singapore. I realized I had another shot from my archives, I suppose because I did not think much of how the shot turned out. But recently I put up several pictures from the Hokkien and Teochew cemeteries from Bukit Brown, so I thought to re-visit this Hakka Cemetery.
The first migrants from the Guandong province set up the Ying Fo Fui Kun clan at Telok Ayer street. In 1887, the clan bought over 100 hectares of land between the current Buona Vista and Commonwealth areas. This area was mildly hilly and as mentioned before, the area was to be used as a burial ground as it was considered auspicious. During the 1930s, there was aready discussion about space requirements (since this area is not all that far from the burgeoning city center) and in 1965, the Government of the day stepped in decisively for urban redevelopment. In 1969, all land was returned to the state, a 99-year lease was placed on the current area, wherein exhumed graves were transferred. So, in the space seen in the previous post, there are 3000 cremated remains in urns buried under the headstones. The building seen here is the ancestral hall (Shuang Long Shan Memorial Hall). Once the 99 years are up (most likely much before that), there will be fresh round of negotiations to decide what is to be done with this land, not too far from the city center and strategically placed close to metro lines and expressways.
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