FOM's Explore Singapore! activities help you see the many sites and activities Singapore has to offer both newly arrived and long-term residents, or see those already known to you with a different eye.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Tour
Date & Time: 11 August 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Wednesday 30 August, 2017
10 am – 12 noon
Fee: $25

You have probably visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple with your overseas visitors but do you know the history and significance of what you have seen?  There are hidden gems within which few have discovered and a spectacular orchid garden on the rooftop.  Let our guide escort you through the various floors and enlighten you with stories about this prominent building in Chinatown.

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Bukit Brown Cemetery Tour
Date & Time: 16 August 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Thursday 7 September 2017
10 am – 12 noon
Fee:  $25

Just off Lornie Road, behind the lush greenery of country roads lies a very special space – the Bukit Brown Cemetery. Entering it is to walk a hundred years back in time. It was the first Chinese municipal cemetery in colonial Singapore and buried in it are not just ordinary folks, but also important Chinese pioneers.  Our guide, Millie, is a Bukit Brown ‘descendant’ who will share with us the fascinating stories and history behind the various graves and the feng shui elements found there.  Walk with us to gaze at the art, sculptures and beautiful art deco tiles in this atmospheric green place.

The focus is not fully on the art, sculpture and tiles, but tomb structure and art is covered as I do the tours. For your reference, I had done for SYS/TPM docents a tour themed on the Chinese revolution and some Peranakans buried there. Then for the MHC docents, I did the historical one (both including my own family tombs). I did many ‘descendant’ tours for the public from 2011 to 2015.

My plan is to cover for Explore Singapore the largest tomb in BB (which features lovely sculpture and fengshui elements), an art deco one belonging to a famous Tan, the iconic set of Sikh guard sculptures at the tomb of a Chinese doctor, etc, and a look at the construction that cannot be overlooked as it’s cutting right through the centre of the cemetery.

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