Spaces of the Dead: A Case from the Living

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Seen primarily as final resting places, cemeteries are increasingly under threat from urban redevelopment in land-scarce Singapore. Regarded as ‘excess space’ by state planners, and as ‘taboo places’ by the local populace, the rich historical and cultural heritage of our cemeteries have remained largely unappreciated and hidden.

Today, there are about less than a dozen cemeteries left in Singapore. With the recent exhumation of major cemeteries like Bidadari Cemetery and Kong How Shua Cemetery, concerns have been raised about the status of cemeteries in Singapore.

Spaces of the Dead: A Case from the Living
brings together various authors concerned with the need for conservation of cemeteries in Singapore. This book showcases cemeteries as spaces of historical, architectural and social merit through the writings and photo-journals of the authors. We hope it will serve as an initial step in generating greater interest in and awareness of Singapore’s cemeteries.



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Kevin YL Tan


Kevin YL Tan, Hui Yew-Foong, John Miksic, Clement Liew, Elizabeth McKenzie, Ho Hua Chew, Jimmy Chew, Sue Williams, Sally Oh Poh Wah, Liesel Strauss, Scottie Perry, Goh Si Guim, Kevin Blackburn, Edmund Lim, Johannes Widodo, Ho Choon Hiong, Michael Kam, Wan Meng Hao, Tan Boon Hui, Brenda SA Yeoh