Bishan MRT station is one of the many train stations around Singapore, a functional infrastructure, yet it had somehow become a connection to the dead. It too becomes a reminder of its past as Peck San Theng, formerly one of Singapore’s largest cemetery, a community of the living and dead.

The many urban myths within the site, once again connects the dead to the living, the MRT station as a medium. Yet these connections are different, more often horrific encounters, the dead have become something to be feared and avoided, rather than accepted and respected.

“Everywhere you go, there is ghost” , Kampong Park San Theng was full of superstitions and tales of the supernatural. The residents regarded such phenomenon as normal, and part of their daily lives. Their lives interacted closely with the dead, and they accepted and respected these “ghost” into their lives, even for the kids, it was normal for them to play among the burial grounds. It was believed that “If the dead were well taken care of, it not only means peace to the departed, it could bring benefits to one’s descendants”, further emphasis on the relationship between the living and the dead.



Bishan MRT Station, a modern infrastructure, part of the extensive transportation system that spans throughout Singapore. With Bishan within the central region of Singapore, the station is constantly crowded with commuters. Do these commuters still recall the significance and history of the land as they rush to their next destination?


Before it was Bishan, it was known as Peck San Theng, formerly one of Singapore's largest Chinese cemetery, a community of the living and the dead. The former village lives and livelihood revolved around the deceased and the many rituals. However, as our way of lives change, the many death rituals and beliefs changed to suit our current living conditions. As cremation became our main form of sending off the deceased and we segregate the dead within their own infrastructure, the local deathscape and our perception of it changed as well. [Last Accessed: May 30, 2021]


I started breaking down the different sections of the MRT and exploring how the various urban myths tied to the site shape our perception of the deathscape within, forming a bridge between the physical and spiritual, the 'third space'.