|Self-guided trail by API in 2011|
Fast forward to 18 November 2017, the self guided Wayfinder trail launched concept and goal is very much the same, but with a huge difference as well. What makes this initiative different from the one i experience in 2011 is the role of the Government in this. It saw various civic society groups, (All Things Bukit Brown, Singapore Heritage Society, Nature Society, Singapore ) working closely with a multi-agency working group, chaired by the Ministry of National Development, along with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, National Parks Board and the Land Transport Authority to make this launch possible. It was a long journey and through that journey we saw many lost battles (e.g. failing to the stop the 8 lane highway being built) and little sweet victories on the way (e.g Bukit Brown Exhibition by the Documentation Team, Bukit Brown, Our roots Our Future, 2014 World Monuments Watch and WWII Book launch).
As for the future of Bukit Brown, it will remain till date uncertain, but neverthless such engagements with government agencies and with the public as a whole (through guided and self guided tours ) continue to give hope that the future generation of leaders of Singapore will have a change of heart and conserved and this place as an UNESCO World Heritage site one day. The event itself was graced by Desmond Lee, (Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development) and in my interaction with him during the self guided walk trail, he clearly showed knowledge and also honest interest in the heritage around him. I was impressed when he remembered some of the areas that we were about to show him (he came with residents or students of his GRC sometime back). Not to forget, he was the person who graced the WWII@Bukit Brown book launch as well.
|Minister Desmond Lee launching the event|
|Raymond Goh with Minister Desmond Lee|
|No 7 -The fig and the door gods|
|No 4- Chia Hood Theam and Wife|
|New and old guide sign post.|
So, if you always wanted to visit Bukit Brown but never found the opportunity to join a guided tour, fret not, you can do it on your own now ! Download it from Singapore Heritage Society's website.
"Start exploring and in that process i hope you will just like me, fall in love with the beauty of Bukit Brown and the many stories told and waiting to be told !"