a milestone for Bukit Brown

Bukit Brown, Singapore, is on the 2014 World Monuments Watch.

I invite you to celebrate the announcement. Please do visit the place and join one (or many more) of the free public tours in English and Mandarin (武吉布朗华语导览) conducted every weekend by volunteers. There are also afternoon tours. Join the Bukit Brown community on facebook here.

The following are some links to more information on Bukit Brown and the impending road project that’s going to cut through it:

Dedicated page on World Monuments Fund

All Things Bukit Brown

Related post on this blog:

Bukit Brown – Boo Junfeng – Mirror

WMF2014

poster courtesy of World Monuments Fund

Here are excerpts from the Singapore Heritage Society’s Statement on Listing of Bukit Brown on 2014 World Monuments Watch:

“This is the first time a Singapore site has been included in the World Monuments Watch. Together with the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ UNESCO nomination, Bukit Brown’s inclusion represents widespread international recognition of the historical importance of local heritage sites. Indeed, Bukit Brown’s narrative of early immigrants and regional histories complements the Botanic Garden’s narrative of colonial empire to provide a more complex and complete story of Singapore.”

“The nomination of Bukit Brown for World Monuments Watch inclusion was advanced by the community group, All Things Bukit Brown. This has been a grassroots initiative in response to Prime Minister Lee’s National Day Rally call to Singaporeans to step forth to make Singapore a better home for ourselves.”

“This World Monuments Watch inclusion is not a one-off event but part of an on-going series of Bukit Brown-related events such as symposiums, exhibitions and public talks that have been organised by citizens and community groups that have been taking place since November 2011.”

“the inclusion in the World Monuments Watch 2014 list is in keeping with the Singapore Heritage Society’s call for Bukit Brown to be gazetted as a heritage site. This inclusion should be seized as the opportunity to raise greater awareness of Bukit Brown and to conduct comprehensive documentation of the greater Bukit Brown space”

This is the video of the Watch List announcement, which also talks about its objectives, purposes and concerns pertaining to the 67 sites selected from 200 over nominees, and the reasons behind the inclusion of these sites.

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