Some information on the area:
Comments : 1 Comment »
Tags: Beaulieu Jetty, Colours of Sunrise, Photography, Seascapes, Selat Tebrau, Sembawang, Singapore, Straits of Johor, Sunrise, Tebrau Strait
Categories : Photography, Photography Series, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises
The full moon of the Tamil month of Panguni paints the Sembawang area with the colours of a Hindu festival, Panguni Uthiram, celebrated by the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple. The celebration of the festival, which involves a street procession of kavadis, is a tradition that dates back to 1967 during the days of the British Naval Base.
The temple back then was off Canberra Road within the base and the procession took a route from the laundry shop at the junction of Canberra and Ottawa Roads, down Canberra Road, left into Dehli Road and into Kowloon Road, before continuing back up Canberra Road, ending at the temple.
The procession this year, as with the one last year, took a shortened route from Canberra Drive, down Canberra Lane to Canberra Link and to Yishun Industrial Park A. Now surrounded by the obvious signs of urbanisation and change, the procession now has a very different feel to it than it did in the good old days.
More information on the celebration, as well as some photographs of the celebration of the festival at its original site, can be found at the following links on the temple’s website:
Posts and photographs from the celebrations of the previous years’ that I managed to catch can be found at the following links:
- Panguni Uthiram 2015: Panguni Uthiram 2015 in photos
- Panguni Uthiram 2014: Colours of April
- Panguni Uthiram 2013: The Silver Chariot returns
- Panguni Uthiram 2012: The sun rises on a Sembawang tradition
- Panguni Uthiram 2011: A lesser known Hindu festival with a Kavadi procession
More photographs from Panguni Uthiram 2016
Comments : 1 Comment »
Tags: Canberra Drive, Canberra Lane, Colours of Singapore, Festivals, Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Kavadi, Kavadi Preparation, Milk Pot, Panguni UIthiram 2016, Panguni Uthiram, Photographs, Photography, Religious Festivals, Religious Procession, Sembawang, Singapore, Traditions, Yishun
Categories : Forgotten Places, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Singapore, Traditions, Yishun
Colouring the evening in a prelude to the Hindu celebration of Panguni Uthiram in Singapore is the procession of the silver chariot. Carrying the image of Lord Murugan, it makes a journey from the Sree Maha Mariamman Temple to the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, stopping at designated points along the way to allow devotees to make offerings of fruit, flowers and incense. The festival proper, which features a kavadi procession similar to Thaipusam, follows on the day of the full moon and is a tradition in the Sembawang area that goes back to the latter days of Her Majesty’s Naval Base.
For photographs of Panguni Uthiram 2016, please visit this link: The Full Moon of Panguni.
Comments : Leave a Comment »
Tags: Festivals, Hindu Practices in Singapore, Hinduism, Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Lord Murugan, Panguni Uthiram, Photography, Procession, Religious Festivals, Sembawang, Silver Chariot, Singapore, Yishun
Categories : Photography, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Singapore, Traditions, Yishun
It has been a long while since we a celebration of the new day as spectacular as the one seen on Monday.
Colours of the new day, Monday, 18 May 2015, 6.48 am as seen from the beach at Kg Wak Hassan.
Comments : 4 Comments »
Tags: Colours of Sunrise, Kampong Wak Hassan, Photography, Sembawang, Sunrise
Categories : Forgotten Places, Nature, Photography, Photography Series, Quiet Moments, Sembawang, Singapore, Sunrises
Panguni Uthiram, a Hindu festival similar in the way it is celebrated to the better known Thaipusam, is celebrated during the full moon in the Tamil month of Panguni (which falls in March or April). In Singapore, the tradition is observed at the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar temple, a temple now at Yishun Industrial Park A with its origins in the British Naval Base. The original temple was located off Canberra Road and it was there that the festival was first celebrated at the temple in 1967.
The lively festival, which unfortunately music and singing has been disallowed (along the procession route), features both a procession of the Silver Chariot on the eve and a kavadi procession on the day itself. More on the festival and photographs from the previous festivals can be found at these links:
- Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple History
- Colours of April: The Hindu festival of Panguni Uthiram (2014)
- The Silver Chariot return (2013)
- The sun rises on a Sembawang traditionn (2012)
- A lesser known Hindu festival with a kavadi procession: Panguni Uthiram (2011)
Comments : 1 Comment »
Tags: Canberra Drive, Canberra Lane, Colours of Singapore, Festivals, Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Kavadi, Kavadi Preparation, Milk Pot, Panguni UIthiram 2015, Panguni Uthiram, Photographs, Photography, Religious Festivals, Religious Procession, Sembawang, Singapore, Traditions, Yishun
Categories : Devotion, Events, Forgotten Places, Photography Series, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Singapore, Traditions
An area of Singapore that still has much history buried under it is the area where the former British Naval Base was. Under parts of the former base, which covered an area stretching from the Causeway in Woodlands to what is today Sembawang Park, lies several underground structures, one of which is a the so-called Attap Valley bunker that has recently been brought to light.
The bunker, opened to the public for the first time today, is the last surviving structure of an armament depot constructed by the British within the huge Naval Base in the Talbot’s Hill and Attap Valley area. A ammunition and armament storage magazine, specifically Magazine No. 4, it was one of seven other bomb-proof magazines that were built into Talbot’s Hill by the British before 1942.
The National Heritage Board (NHB), which has been studying the site since April 2014, has also established with the help of a 1945 map of the Naval Base, that the magazines were part of a network of eighteen bunkers, warehouses and workshops spread over the Attap Valley site, that formed the Royal Naval Armament Depot.
Evidence points to the magazine, which is the size of two 5-room HDB flats, being used by the Japanese during the occupation – a cache of Japanese weapons and ammunition was found by MINDEF when they used the site for the Sembawang Ammunition Depot.
According to NHB, part of the floor of the bunker, now a mess of mud and water, would have had rail tracks running over them to allow the ammunition to be moved in and out, accounting for the rusty colour of the mud and water in the bunker. While there is nothing left of the tracks to be found, there are several fixtures and fittings that might have originally been there at the time of its completion. This includes vents from an all important ventilation system, light fixtures, and pipes. A travelling gantry hoist, complete with a sign giving its Safe Working Load rating, can be seen in the inner chamber where the ammunition would have been stored. Access into the inner chamber is via a curved passageway designed so as explosions could be contained.
Talbot’s Hill and the surviving magazine under it now lies well within a fenced up area of land, which was returned to the State by MINDEF when the depot was decommissioned in 2002. Access to it is only via the NHB tours, being organised as part of a Battle of Singapore commemoration that coincides with the 73 anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and also the 70 anniversary of the liberation in September 1945. More information on this, including the Case Files from the Singapore War Crimes Tribunal Exhibition scheduled to open next week at the National Museum of Singapore, can be found at the NHB website.
More photographs of the bunker and its surroundings
An account relating to the last days of the Royal Naval Armament Depot before the Fall of Singapore: A Singapore Story – 1942.
Comments : 2 Comments »
Tags: Attap Valley, Attap Valley Bunker, British Naval Base, Forgotten Places, Former Naval Base, Heritage, Heritage Sites, History, Naval Base, Naval Base Map, Photography, Royal Naval Armament Depot, Sembawang, Senoko, Singapore, Talbot's Hill, Unseen Singapore, Woodlands, WWII, WWII Historical Sites, WWII Structures
Categories : Forgotten Buildings, Forgotten Places, Heritage Sites, Heritage Trails, National Heritage Board, Photography, Reminders of Yesterday, Sembawang, Singapore, World War II Sites