Nirvana Memorial Garden is located in the secluded west area of Singapore island. It is surrounded by the cemeteries of Chinese, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu. Near the building, there is a famous Second World War tomb memorial. The memorial was created to commemorate the Chinese victims who died in early 1942. It was estimated that about 2,000 to 3,000 Chinese were killed in this massacre committed by Japanese invaders.
In 2009, the Malaysian conglomerate Nirvana Asia Group acquired Ji Le Memorial Park and turned it into Nirvana Memorial Garden. With state-of-the-art technology and facilities, it has changed the previously perceived solemn image of a columbarium into a modern and elegant one, allowing their visitors to feel comfortable and at peace when they pay respect to the departed loved ones.
The whole building of Nirvana Memorial Garden comprises three blocks. Both Block A and Block C are four stories tall. Block B is still under construction and should be completed by 2023. Once completed, Block B will be nine stories high. Each of the three blocks has been designed with different themes and needs.
Block A (also called Ju Xian Hall) is a traditional-style columbarium. It has a signature Zen-like landscape, with a two-story golden Buddha statue standing in the middle of the main hall, surrounded by the swaying bamboo and flowing streams. Block B (also called Three Buddha Hall) is built with luxurious royal suites that house the high premium quality of niches and ancestral pedestals. Block C (also called Ju Fu Hall) is a modern-style columbarium built with clean, bright, and spacious suites.
Overall, it is a pleasure to visit Nirvana Memorial Garden as it is comfortable and much less eerie than a traditional columbarium.
Know Before You Go
The columbarium is opened from 8:30am to 5:30pm everyday including public holidays. There is free shuttle bus service to and from Boon Lay MRT and Nirvana Memorial Garden at an hourly frequency.