Time Required : Less than 1 hour
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : 24 hours
The German Girl Shrine, also known as Berlin Heilingtum, is situated on the island of Pulau Ubin and is one of the most unconventional shrines in Singapore. Legend has it that during the outbreak of World War I, the German girl, to whom the memorial is dedicated to, fell to a tragic death in an attempt to escape from the British who had rounded up their family's plantation on the island. A few days later, some Malay villagers found her decomposing body covered in ants, and decided to bury her on the hill. After the war ended, her family tried to look for her, but in vain. Subsequently, her body was exhumed by some islanders and cremated.
A temple was built on the site of her grave, to pay respects to the German girl. The temple was famous amongst gamblers because it is said that they were blessed with winning streaks after paying their respects to the German girl. The shrine houses a few of her items like a cross, and coins, and an eclectic mix of things starting with nail polish, brushes and lipsticks. The German girl is represented by a cased doll in the centre of the shrine.
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