Sunday, 25 May 2008

Chinese Cemetary in Brunei

 Chinese Cemetary at Muara Brunei
Just Share about Brunei Darussalam, There are several Chinese cemetery in Brunei Darussalam, a testimony of how long the Chinese has been part of Brunei's society for such a long time.
                                                                    Top and botton:
                                             The view from the Muara Chinese Cemetary
  Chinese Cemetary at Muara Brunei

 Chinese Cemetary at Muara Brunei
 Top and bottom: 
The view from the Tasek (Tasik) Chinese Cemetary 
(within the Tasek Recreation Park, Bandar Seri Begawan)
 Chinese Cemetary at Muara Brunei

Chinese Cemetary in Brunei

Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Above: Some of the tombs at the top of the hill.
Bottom: Some of the damaged pictures in the cemetery complex.
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Another damaged tomb....
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Above: To protect from soil erosion...

The Chinese Cemetery on the "other" side of Brunei River could be the oldest Chinese cemetery in Brunei (or the Tasek Chinese Cemetery could be the oldest). In order for descendants to pay respects to their ancestors who were buried there, they must hail a boat from one of the many boats cruising in the Brunei River.

The cost per person to go to the other side of the Water Village is just 50cents. According to a colleague of mine, to ask for the whole boat will just cost about $10 to $15 and to pay more than that for the whole boat is already too much. Problem is that, he told me this after I have taken the boat ride to see other interesting things in the Brunei River and I have to pay double the price, i.e. $30!

Nevertheless it was the first time for me to go and visit the Chinese Cemetery at "Tui Bin Kang" (The other side of the river), though the name of the village where the Cemetery is located confused me... its either Kg. Bebakut, Kg. Sungai Si Amas or what?... I have to check this up...

Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Above: The entrance to the Cemetery is littered with rubbish... mostly washing machines...
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
The view from the top of the Cemetery...

Chinese Cemetary in Brunei

Since this Saturday is a public holiday, it is a very good day for the people to come and clean the graveyard of their departed family members. Its good to see that despite the different income gap in existence then and now, many Chinese family still remember and honour their ancestors just like generations before... such practise should continue so that our future generation would know our culture and roots and understand who are present and past relatives were..
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
The Christian cemetary is just next to the Chinese cemetary...
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Many Christian in Brunei are chinese and they also follow the Chinese tradition of visiting 
and cleaning the cemetary during Qing Ming...
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
A private family graveyard
Chinese Cemetary in Brunei
Offering to the deities...
source
http://phoenix4bn.blogspot.com/2008/04/chinese-cemetary-in-brunei.html

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