Hiking to Bukit Brown Cemetery and the ‘Symbal Trees’
Hiking can mean many things – it may refer to a wild adventure with you Gong Ho crew through just awesome Walking Trails in EuropeOr it could mean an unusual weekend adventure through Singapore’s many nature trails.
We all know McCritchie Treetop Walk And the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve But if you’re looking for some Indiana Jones-wide adventure inside our beaches, we find out what’s hidden Journey “Avatar Trees”.
A 3 km walk through a forgotten part of Singapore
In a dense city like Singapore, it’s hard to imagine any areas yet to be explored. So when a friend first introduced me to Avatar Trees, “No freaking way!” was my first reaction. no @meIt might be yours, too.
Google has proven that this hidden gem, although mysterious, had a very doable journey that led to it. But what was even more surprising was the fact that he was ridiculously close to Uber’s famous MacRitchie. Just across a highway, actually.
Hiking route map.
Image adapted from: Strava
as with All unofficial tracksThere are several path options you can consider. Below, my colleagues, Clement and Maribel, we embarked on a journey ~ 3 km long height Which starts easily along the main road, and gets progressively tougher. Expect lots of beautiful photography – as Herschel Patel says – smidge Jungle journey towards the end.
Here’s everything you need to know about hiking to avatar trees.
Starting point: Bukit Brown Cemetery
Getting to the starting point of the trip, all things considered, was very simple. All you have to do is take a bus to Kheam Hock Road – we took bus 855 from Commonwealth tube station to get there.
Cross the flyover to the other side of the highway and you’ll soon come to an ominous sign that screams “Warning”, highlighting that the roads ahead are not maintained by the NEA. We set out here. An Indiana Jones Adventure, remember?
See the huge portals of Batman Gotham? you enter Bukit Brown Cemetery – Admittedly not at my top Fun things to do on Singapore list. I usually say No thank you To Hebe Gibbs Cemetery but this time, this was part of the trip and an intriguing stop at the time.
Discover tombs of all shapes and sizes scattered around the tranquil forest landscape. Large tombstones on top of hills usually refer to the graves of wealthier people.
A quick history lesson on Bucket Brown Cemetery: It was built over a hundred years ago in 1922 and officially closed in 1973, as the last resting ground for over 100,000 people. Today, many cemeteries are unidentified and some are excavated to make way for highways and development.
Following an ancient path to the Avatar Trees
Once you have completed your cemetery inspection, turn back along Lorong Halwa and continue left once you reach Kheam Hock Road. Here, follow the curved road until you come to a fork where you can turn left in the woods.
Some of the unexpected sights that welcomed us along this stretch include dilapidated makeshift homes with tarps as shelter and more tombstones along the way.
When you reach the end of the road, continue down the beaten path until you finally reach an open patch where you can find the amazing “Avatar Trees”. group cue Gorgeous.
Lush shrubs dot the landscape and amidst the greenery, huge trees stretch into the sky. Expect what you see in the photos and more. The bark of the majestic trees was covered with draping plants, creating a mysterious effect reminiscent of the Tipani Hometree region of symbol picture. No wonder it has earned its nickname.
A couple of subdued fairways head toward the trees for closer photos to the Bay-lookalike gardens. Just take care where you put your foot as there are some tombstones in the area too!
After this point, you have two options:
- If the ground is muddy, we recommend returning to Khim Hawk Road and entering the abandoned cars and the Chinese temple from there.
- If it’s sunny and dry, continue down the dirt road as we did below.
Journey in the woods to abandoned cars and the Chinese temple
The next part entails a tougher trek than before with uneven terrain and possibly muddy trails if it rains the day before. In some sections, we felt as if we were swimming among the grass; In other parts we found ourselves climbing fallen trees.
However, it was still very possible – however, you’ll need proper hiking shoes, or at least sneakers with good traction to prevent slipping or tripping. It would also be a good idea to wear long pants to prevent mosquito bites and scratching of branches.
Pass a natural stream along the way.
However, the great news for less experienced hikers is that there is little chance of getting lost because the trail is fairly straightforward. We didn’t struggle to gather our sense of direction as we did in Bukit Batok Hillside Park. Our phones also received decent GPS signals here which helped us determine how far we went on our trip.
Eventually the trail approaches the main road and runs parallel to the nearby PIE. Continue along the path until you come across a yellow sign indicating the next attraction along this journey.
There are three mysterious paths here. Track No. 3 It will lead you to a temple up the hill.
Xinhengshan Pavilion Dabogong Temple or Xinhengshan Pavilion, Dabogong Temple It sits atop a flight of stairs and according to online sources, it was built in 1891 and is dedicated to the land god Bukit Brown. despite being Literally In the middle of nowhere, it also looked surprisingly good, indicating that some people still visited the temple regularly.
After that, visit abandoned cars head down Track No. 1 or No. 2. It’s about a 5 minute walk along a mysterious lane. Some of the milestones below will point you in the right direction:
Teacher 1: Ladder ride in the woods
Milestone 2: Small stream
Crossing the stream, it won’t be long before you come across two abandoned cars strewn across the woods. It might be 2022, but that definitely sounds like Roland Emmerich’s horrific story 2012.
Nature slowly swallows vehicles as one of the cars breaks down; The tires sink into the ground and the lush chrome creeps into its metal frame. Nearby was another unidentified vehicle, probably a truck, stifled under fallen foliage.
Since there aren’t any roads nearby, it’s amazing how these vehicles found their way here. Was this area once a parking lot? Was there an accident in PIE 1 km away that resulted in these vehicles being dumped here? These time capsules have more secrets than The Tinder Swindler Or Anna Delvey but we all love a A mind boggling puzzle no we
End point: Exit at Khim Hawk Road
Image credit: Google Maps
Once you’ve finished the final attraction, it’s a short ride to Kheam Hock Road, where you connect to Grab’s house, or walk 10 minutes to Adam Street to catch a bus to a nearby metro station.
Some tips for hiking to the avatar trees
Despite the bright red warning signs at the start of the trail, the terrain in general was, dare I say, easy. Or at least, easy enough, and very achievable for the average hiker. The crew rates the difficulty out of 10 below:
Clement: 2/10 until you reach the avatar trees, 4/10 once you enter the forest. 6/10 if you come on a hot and humid day like we did.
Maribel: 3/10. I really felt like I was out of Singapore at some points.
Kezia: 4/10. It’s not a walk in the park but it’s not as difficult as the Clemente Forest either.
However, we were lucky enough to visit us on a sunny day, as the ground was dry and not muddy. According to other online guides, the jungle area can overflow during heavy showers, so you’ll want to postpone your visit if it rains the day before.
Also, since the trail is an obscure path, the full path is not reflected on Google Maps. However, we found that you can have a good map of the route Run the Strava app. Finally, don’t forget the hiking essentials of water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.
Take a lesser-known hike to the Avatar Trees
With a cemetery, huge trees and abandoned cars grouped into one, hike to Avatar trees Checks two unusual chests. It reveals a side of Singapore that not many of us have seen and would be a good choice for anyone looking for adventures beyond our PCNs.
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Photography by Clement Sim.