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Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

LIT­TLE-KNOWN GRAVE­YARD

Sur­pris­ingly, Sin­ga­pore is home to the largest Ja­panese ceme­tery in South­east Asia – one with al­most 1,000 graves. Do­nated by three Ja­panese brothel own­ers in 1891, the Ja­panese Ceme­tery Park was ini­tially used as a burial ground for pros­ti­tutes. With the on­set of WWII, how­ever, Ja­panese mer­chants, traders, war crim­i­nals and sol­diers were also buried there. No­table graves in­clude Com­man­der Hi­saichi Ter­auchi who led the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion of Sin­ga­pore and In­done­sia, and Ya­mamoto Oto­kichi, recog­nised as Sin­ga­pore’s first Ja­panese res­i­dent. Get­ting there: En­ter the ceme­tery from Chuan Hoe Av­enue, Hougang. rel­a­tively un­touched na­ture also makes it an ideal des­ti­na­tion for lovers of the great out­doors. Check out the Chek Jawa Wet­lands for ma­rine life, or hire a bike and cy­cle the quiet roads and paths; or, if you’re an adrenalin junkie, take things up a notch at the Ke­tam Moun­tain Bike Park, which has trails of vary­ing dif­fi­culty. Get­ting there: Take a bum-boat from Changi Point jetty.

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