A columbarium is a structure dedicated to the respectful conservation of the cremated remains of the deceased. As land becomes rarer and more expensive, many opt for ash scattering, cremation, and the columbarium to save on costs and future maintenance.
Located at the secluded West side of Singapore, Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex is the largest cemetery in Singapore. Overall, CCK Cemetery Complex comprises burial cemeteries, columbarium and ash scattering garden.
Choa Chu Kang Cemetery is the only burial cemetery in Singapore now. It consists of Chinese, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc cemeteries.
There are public and private columbarium in Choa Chu Kang Cemetery: Choa Chu Kang Columbarium and Nirvana Memorial Garden. These two columbarium are located side-by-side and only 10 minutes walking distance away from each other.
Nearby of these two columbarium, there is Peace of Garden which is just opened on May 2021 for public to scatter the ashes.
Choa Chu Kang Columbarium (Public Columbarium)
Choa Chu Kang Columbarium (or called CCK Columbarium) is a public columbarium located along 51 Chinese Cemetery Path 4. It is a government-managed columbaria and is the columbarium services are handled by National Environment Agency (NEA). It is home to approximately 147,000 niches in 18 four-story blocks (from Block A till Block P)
To allow better ventilation and natural light, the whole complex is formed with the blocks arranged like a Chinese fan. As shown in the picture, the site is arranged in radial concept, with building blocks radiating from a central plaza which functions as the entry and focal point to the complex. The blocks are named after flowers (i.e A – Azalea, B – Begonia, C – Carnation, etc) . The lush landscape creates a feeling of peace and tranquility.
The columbarium is built with open space concept without air-condition. It is equipped with amenities for the elderly and disabled. There are not many people visiting this columbarium in normal days except during Qing Ming Festival.
CCK Columbarium is opened from 8:30am till 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. It is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. To make the booking, please call 6795 9731
How to go there?
Most of the people will be taking Taxi or private transportation to visit CCK columbarium. If you plan to take public transportation, you could take Bus 405 and alight at Bus Stop B27 or B28 (depends on the heading direction) along Old Choa Chu Kang Road. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from the Bus Stop to CCK columbarium along 51 Chinese Cemetery Path 4. Please note that, Bus 405 is operating from 7am till 5pm at frequency of 30 minutes only on the days: Qing Ming, Good Friday, First Ramadan, Hari Raya Puasa, Hari Raya Haji, Deepavali, All Souls’ Day.
Niches in Choa Chu Kang Columbarium
The layout of CCK Columbarium is simple. It is constructed with the indoor concrete wall. Due to open space design, there is no air-conditioning and lighting. It is bright as all the walls are painted in white color.
The columbarium walls allow two niches to be placed in one position. The CCK Columbarium plaque allows the family to place the artificial flowers and photos.
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