Chew Joo Chiat

Chew Joo Chiat (Group 13 Grave 1)

Directions: Walk along the main road and turn right at the intersection point. Continue along the road until you see a ‘one way stop’ sign. Turn right and then left when you see a marked yellow ribbon. Passing by the Grave of Eight Nuns, continue walking straight.

Chew Joo Chiat, born in 1857 and died in 1926, was a wealthy man who prospered from trading. He owned large land areas in the east, which stretched from the original Geylang trolley-bus terminus through Joo Chiat Road to Telok Kurau and Changi Road.

For the convenience of the residents in his property, he built several roads and named them Joo Chiat Road, Joo Chiat Place, Joo Chiat Lane and Joo Chiat Terrace. He freely offered these roads as gifts to the Municipality, rejecting any compensation offered him.

On your way to Chew Joo Chiat’s grave, you will pass by the Grave of Eight Nuns, where there are 2 rows of graves (4 per row). These Buddhist nuns are believed to have been killed during the World War II one after another. Interesting to note are the tiles that lay before the graves which feature Buddhist flower- like symbols on them.