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Advisory On Visiting Government-Managed Cemetery, Columbaria And Garden Of Peace During Peak Period From 16 March To 14 April 2024

27 Feb 2024

Singapore, 27 February 2024 – Visitors heading to Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, Mandai Columbarium and Yishun Columbarium should expect large crowds on 13 peak days – Good Friday (29 Mar 2024), Qing Ming (4 Apr 2024), Hari Raya Puasa (10 Apr 2024), and the 10 Saturdays and Sundays between 16 Mar 2024 and 14 Apr 2024 [1].

2          Members of public are encouraged to consider visiting these facilities outside of the peak days during which large crowds are expected. Additionally, to better manage the crowd, the columbaria will be opened 24 hours during the peak period from 16 Mar 2024 to 14 Apr 2024.

3          Only next-of-kin with bookings and inland ash scattering permits will be allowed in the Garden of Peace on Good Friday, Qing Ming, Hari Raya Puasa and the 10 Saturdays and Sundays between 16 Mar 2024 and 14 Apr 2024. This is to accord privacy to those who have applied for the scattering of ashes in Garden of Peace on those days. It will only be opened for visiting on weekdays between 18 Mar 2024 and 12 Apr 2024.

E-appointment for Car Park in Choa Chu Kang and Mandai Columbaria Opens on 4 Mar 2024

4          Visitors who plan to drive and park in Choa Chu Kang and Mandai columbaria are required to book an e-appointment on stipulated dates and timings.

Columbarium

Dates requiring e-appointment for parking

Mar 2024

Apr 2024

Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, when visiting between 6am to 4pm

  • Weekends
    16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st
  • Good Friday
    29th
  • Weekends
    6th, 7th, 13th, 14th
  • Qing Ming
    4th
  • Hari Raya Puasa
    10th

Mandai Columbarium,

when visiting between 6am to 6pm

  •  Daily from 16th to 31st
  • Daily from 1st to 14th

 

5          E-appointment slots, in 2-hour intervals, will be available for booking from 10am on Mon 4 Mar 2024 at go.gov.sg/qm2024vehicleappt. Visitors are required to show proof of their successful e-appointment booking before they can park at Choa Chu Kang and Mandai columbaria during the stipulated dates and timings. As appointment slots are limited, visitors should make their bookings in advance.

6          An e-appointment is not required for people making visits outside the dates and timings indicated above, as well as for visitors taking public transport. Similarly, people who are dropping off passengers will not need to book a slot.

7          All visitors are encouraged to take the shuttle bus, which will be available on the 13 peak days, or use public transport services. Visitors may wish to note that there are now new pick up / drop off points, e.g. Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, for shuttle bus services towards Choa Chu Kang Columbarium [2].

Real-time Information on Traffic Conditions during Peak Period

8          Real-time information on traffic conditions at Choa Chu Kang and Mandai columbaria will be available at www.nea.gov.sg/qingming2024 from 16 Mar 2024 to 14 Apr 2024. Drivers are encouraged to check the latest conditions before visiting.

Update on Choa Chu Kang Columbarium

9          Members of the public can continue to access all occupied niches in the Choa Chu Kang Columbarium. As there are ongoing essential works at the columbarium, visitors are reminded to keep out of the hoarded areas [3]. The latest update on essential works and the hoarded areas at Choa Chu Kang Columbarium is available via www.nea.gov.sg/qingming2024.

Key Points to Note

10        To minimise fly ash and to keep the premises safe and clean, all visitors are reminded to:

  • Use burners and containers for burning of joss paper at the cemetery and columbaria.
  • Burn joss paper in small quantities.
  • Avoid leaving lit candles and matches unattended.
  • Clear all food offerings and/or litter, to prevent mosquito breeding or rat infestation. All offerings left unattended will be disposed, to minimise inconvenience to other visitors and keep the premises clean.
  • Avoid consuming food and drinks in the columbaria.
  • Do not bring pets into the columbaria.

11        Visitors to the cemetery and columbaria should also refrain from offering ‘red packets’ to all staff working at these premises.

12        Due to high traffic and footfall expected at these premises, visitors should always exercise caution, and look after their personal safety and that of other road users when crossing roads. Drivers are also advised to stay alert and pay attention to their surroundings when driving.

 


[1] Please refer to the Annexes for more details on the arrangements for Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, Mandai Columbarium and Yishun Columbarium.

[2] New shuttle bus pick up drop off locations indicated in Annex B.

[3] Location of the hoardings are marked out in a layout map in Annex B.

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ANNEX A

Visiting Mandai Columbarium between 16 March 2024 and 14 April 2024

From Sat 16 Mar 2024 to Sun 14 Apr 2024, the Mandai Columbarium will be opened 24 hours daily. Please exercise care and caution especially if you are planning to visit at night.

Getting there

By car

If you intend to drive and park in the columbarium, please book an e-appointment (in 2-hours intervals) at go.gov.sg/qm2024vehicleappt when visiting between 6am and 6pm from Sat 16 Mar to Sun 14 Apr 2024.

  • If you are visiting outside of the above-mentioned dates and timings, there is no need for any bookings.
  • Visitors are required to show proof of their successful e-appointment booking to traffic wardens before they can park their vehicles. This can be in the form of a confirmation email or SMS.

By taxis and private hire cars

Drop-off and pick-up points are located near the pedestrian gate along Mandai Avenue.

Bookings and e-appointments are not required.

By bus

 

Bus Service

Nearest bus interchange

138

Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange

171

Yishun Bus Interchange

 

For bus operation hours and updates on bus services, please visit www.sbstransit.com.sg.

By shuttle bus service

Pick-up and drop-off points

Operation dates

Bus operation hours

Fee

Khatib MRT Station (Exit A)

 

Near the pedestrian gate along Mandai Avenue

  • Qing Ming
    Thu 4 Apr
  • Good Friday             Fri 29 Mar
  • Hari Raya Puasa Wed 10 Apr
  •  Weekends between Sat 16 Mar and Sun 14 Apr

1st bus at 7am from Khatib MRT Station and near the pedestrian gate along Mandai Avenue

Last bus at 5pm from Khatib MRT Station and near the pedestrian gate along Mandai Avenue

Shuttle bus operates at 15-min intervals

$1.00 per trip

Despite the relocation of bus stop B48149 away from the pedestrian gate along Mandai Ave, the shuttle bus will still pick up and drop off (PUDO) visitors at the new designated PUDO point near the pedestrian gate along Mandai Ave.


Location Map of Mandai Columbarium

Location Map of Mandai Columbarium

For enquiries

Facility

Contact number

Operating hours

NEA Call Centre

6225 5632

24 hours

Mandai Columbarium

6554 5655

8.30am to 4.30pm (Mondays to Sundays)

Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm

 

ANNEX B

Visiting Choa Chu Kang Columbarium and Choa Chu Kang Cemetery between 16 Mar 2024 and 14 Apr 2024

From Sat 16 Mar 2024 to Sun 14 Apr 2024, Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and Columbarium will be opened 24 hours daily.

Choa Chu Kang Columbarium (CCKC)

We wish to share that there are ongoing essential works at the columbarium. Members of the public can continue to access all occupied niches in the columbarium. Visitors are reminded to exercise care and caution especially if you are planning to visit at night, and keep away from hoarded areas. You may refer to the layout plan on the location of the hoarded areas (yellow shaded areas) during the Qing Ming visitation period. Safety at our facilities is of utmost importance to NEA. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your kind understanding.

Choa Chu Kang Columbarium (CCKC)

Getting there

By car

If you intend to drive and park in Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, please book an e-appointment (in 2-hours intervals) at go.gov.sg/qm2024vehicleappt when visiting between 6am and 4pm on:

  • Qing Ming - Thu 4 Apr 2024
  • Good Friday - Fri 29 Mar 2024
  • Hari Raya Puasa - Wed 10 Apr 2024
  • Weekends between Sat 16 Mar 2024 and Sun 14 Apr 2024 (16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 Mar and 6, 7, 13, 14 Apr)

If you are visiting outside of the above-mentioned dates and timings, there is no need for any bookings.

Visitors are required to show proof of their successful e-appointment booking to traffic wardens before they can park their vehicles. This can be in the form of a confirmation email or SMS.

Vehicles exceeding 2,500kg unladen weight will not be allowed entry.

By taxis and private hire cars

Drop-off point: Carpark E outside Choa Chu Kang Columbarium.

Pick-up point: Tent outside main entrance of Choa Chu Kang Columbarium.

No e-appointment is required.

By bus

 

Bus service

Nearest bus interchange

172, 405

(Bus service 405 is available only during peak period)

Boon Lay Bus Interchange

975

Choa Chu Kang MRT station/ Bus stop at Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 opposite Lot 1 Shopping Mall

 

For bus operation hours and updates on bus services, please visit www.sbstransit.com.sg.

By shuttle bus

Please note the two new shuttle bus pick up and drop off points (PUDO) available from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station (PUDO) via Exit A at every 30 mins interval, and also from Car Park A at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery at every 15 mins interval.

Pick-up and drop-off points

Operation dates

Bus operation hours

Fee

Choa Chua Kang MRT Pick-Up Drop-Off Point (via Exit A)

 

Choa Chu Kang Columbarium

(51 Chinese Cemetery Path 4)

 

Carpark A Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, along Jalan Bahar

  • Qing Ming
    Thu 4 Apr
  • Good Friday Fri 29 Mar
  • Hari Raya Puasa Wed 10 Apr
  • Weekends between Sat 16 Mar and Sun 14 Apr

 

Between Choa Chu Kang MRT station
and Choa Chu Kang Columbarium

  •  1st bus at 7am at both locations
  • Last bus at 5pm at both locations
  • Shuttle bus operates at 30-min intervals

From Carpark A of Choa Chu Kang Cemetery to Choa Chu Kang Columbarium (Loop Service)

  •  1st bus at 7am from Carpark A
  • Last bus at 5pm from Choa Chu Kang Columbarium
  • Shuttle bus operates at 15-min intervals

$1.00 per trip

 

 

 

Choa Chu Kang Cemetery

Third-party Grave Maintenance Services

  •  NEA provides regular grass-cutting maintenance for common areas of Choa Chu Kang Cemetery without additional charge. However, this service is not provided at individual graves and their monuments.
  • Visitors may be approached by individuals at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery for payment of grave maintenance service fees. These services are not regulated or endorsed by NEA. If you did not make prior private arrangements for such services, please do not pay anyone who claims to have maintained the graves of your loved ones.
  • NEA has reminded third-party grave maintenance service providers not to engage in any illegal activities, such as touting, extortion, harassment, and cheating. You may lodge a police report or contact us at 6225 5632 should you encounter any such incident.

Exercising Care around the Cemetery

  • Visitors are reminded to exercise care and caution, by donning protective footwear and watching out for potholes, cracks, uneven or rough surfaces on pathways or terrain, when navigating or walking within the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery compound.
  • Visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before visiting. In the event of thunderstorms with potential lightning risk during your visit, please seek shelter at the nearby pavilions or amenity blocks immediately.


Location Map of Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and Columbarium

Location Map of Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and Columbarium

The other new shuttle bus boarding/alighting point is at Choa Chua Kang MRT Station (Exit A)

For enquiries

Facility

Contact number

Operating hours

NEA Call Centre

6225 5632

24 hours

Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Office

6795 9731

8.30am to 4.30pm (Mondays to Fridays)

Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm

 

ANNEX C

Visiting Yishun Columbarium between 16 March 2024 and 14 April 2024

From Sat 16 Mar 2024 to Sun 14 Apr 2024, Yishun Columbarium will be opened 24 hours daily. Please exercise care and caution especially if you are planning to visit at night.

Getting There

By car

Drivers are advised to park at nearby carparks such as:

  • Multi-storey car park at Blk 296A Yishun Street 20
  • Carpark in front of Blk 224 Yishun Street 21
  • Carpark in front of Blk 123 Yishun Street 11
  • Carpark in front of Blk 165 Yishun Ring Road

Crowds are expected during peak period on:

  • Qing Ming - Thu 4 Apr 2024
  • Good Friday - Fri 29 Mar 2024
  • Hari Raya Puasa - Wed 10 Apr 2024
  • Weekends between Sat 16 Mar 2024 and Sun 14 Apr 2024

 

By taxis and private-hire cars

Drop-off and pick-up points: In front of main gate

By bus

 

Bus service

Nearest bus interchange

800, 812

Yishun Bus Interchange

 

For bus operation hours and updates on bus services, please visit www.sbstransit.com.sg.

 

Location Map of Yishun Columbarium

Location Map of Yishun Columbarium

For enquiries

Facility

Contact number

Operating hours

NEA Call Centre

6225 5632

24 hours

Mandai Columbarium

6554 5655

8.30am to 4.30pm (Mondays to Sundays)

Closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm