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Bukit Brown Cemetery, popularly known as Kopi Sua or Coffee Hill among the local communities, is a former cemetery situated at 36C Lorong Halwa, Singapore. Estimated to hold about 100,000 graves, this Chinese cemetery is said to be the largest outside China.
The massive cemetery was opened in 1922 by the municipal authorities of Singapore but has been abandoned since its closure in 1973. After many renovations, parts of the cemetery were removed to make way for the installation of roads, and the deities which were situated beside the gates were also relocated to a different, sheltered place within the cemetery. At present, the extensive, overgrown cemetery is home to a variety of birds and animals and is thronged by nature lovers who come here in search of a temporary escape in the midst of nature. The lush greenery surrounding the tombs, the spectacular Heritage Tree right in the heart of the park, the self-guided trail of 25 tombs, and the tranquil atmosphere make this place one of a kind. Being a significant part of the cultural heritage of Singapore, the 212-acre Bukit Brown burial ground is home to several departed Singaporeans, belonging to Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainanese and Teochew origins. Many graves are embellished with extraordinary Peranakan tiles which draw in several tourists, including ceramic experts from afar.
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