Thank you for visiting our humble page. What you’re looking at is just a temporary page, as we are still in the midst of developing our official website. The are a total of 267 readable entries at the moment. Some of the articles was publicly release on our Facebook Page under Notes. Two of the exclusive entries which you ought to take a peek at would be Keramat Panjang and Dragons of Singapore.
While waiting for this website to launch, why not join the active discussion on Facebook? As you would know, every photo tells a story and we been story telling continuously without fail. You can find lots of interesting post if you browse through our Facebook album. You might want get a head-start at lesser known and rundowns of Singapore. Or perhaps something underground? Yes, hidden underground which rarely can be seen on Singapore screen, unless its on Urban Explorers of Singapore.
One of the many are the cemeteries, graves, mausoleums and tombs. Would you believe there is a Muslim grave inside the forested area along Marang Road, and one of them dated 1866? Unbelievable but true, its one of the many that Urban Explorers of Singapore rediscover the Marang Cemetery. We also spotted a Pink Cemetery Lot while exploring the Kassim Cemetery.
But what about discovery? Were there anything that we discovered? An inscriptions dated 1942 possibly by a British soldier which made it into Zaobao newspaper! Then come along the misalignment of Bugis Village building which went into the Straits Times.
From discovering and rediscovering those lesser known at a place where only explorers would bound to go, we do focus on hidden features found around Singapore. Such example would be the Harpoon Gun located at Maritime Square.
Although the glass bottles at Sultan Mosque was a common story told by tourism guide in Kampong Glam, with helped from Urban Explorers of Singapore’s Malay Cultural Advisor, Siti Zubaidah, we able to highlight more further than just a common tale. It was one of the most like post on our Facebook page.
Don’t forget to continue the inspiring story of firemen saving a parrot trapped at the top of the dome. Worth the read!
Another focus which we adopted as a topic is Wildlife of Singapore. With the continuous effort of Adrian Low, Urban Explorer of Singapore’s Wildlife Curator, we able to know more about the beautiful creature living in Singapore. One of our favorite encounter was the Brahminy Kite (also known as Singapore Bald Eagle) and a super long Reticulated Phython.
We also been tracking a hard to find locations of antlions and this fella here is name Deathtrap.
Exploring, taking photographs, learning its history is not enough. What if one day, places where we explored were demolished? That was where we decided to take the responsibility and record the information.
One of our prize contribution to the public is the Marsiling Tunnel Infographic presentation. This floor plan not only gives an eye opener to everyone on how it look like without having to enter the forest. It have facts on stuff you might not know about this “Marsiling Dungeon”.
For a short summary of what was announced, only five names were in this trip. One of them was Azyure D. Hikari, CEO of Urban Explorers of Singapore. He organized and initiated the expedition by personally selected four names to be part the trip. As one of the selected member unable to attend, someone else (not selected by Azyure) was called in to fill the slot. This happens in 2005 which was also where the first publication of Marsiling Dungeon, written by Azyure D. Hikari, was published.
As written on the last paragraph of the expedition report, the entire trip was a team effort and everyone in this team rediscovered the Marsiling Dungeon. There are no such thing as a solo attempt such as he or I found the tunnel and so.
We also does our own filming production which called The Art of Urbex. The film is to elaborate what is Urban Exploration and what is not. Technically, the term urban exploring does not have anything to do with Paranormal, Folklore nor fictitious Urban Legends.
If you find us interesting, please do spread the word to all your friends, visit us on Facebook and hit that LIKE button to show your support. As a final note, if you are looking for the first true urban explorers in Singapore, give yourself an applause because you just found them.
The journey under the brand Urban Explorers of Singapore (acronym: UESG) began on 09th September 2009. It was previously a ‘special’ interest group known as SGFreakyLinks (acronym: SGFX), established since 30th November 2001. The origin of this establishment was back dated to 1995 via the name Venture’s Club, started by Mr Harsadi Majid, Mr Mohd Feroz Othman and Mr Naseer Marican.
We made our first publicity appearances in Facebook on 06th May 2010 and later registered the brand as a business entity.
While registering an entity with “Singapore” word was no longer allowed (according to the ARCA policy), but with support from Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), we’re given the opportunity to register the name Urban Explorers of Singapore [Business No: 53179187D].
Later, due to an individual’s threat, which causes our first Facebook page terminated (evidence email from Facebook administrator), we were ‘forced’ to also gain propriety right and ownership to the name Singapore Urban Explorers [Business No: 53179809K].
Both business names were now legally owned by Mr Harsadi Majid (Pen name: Azyure D. Hikari) thus only the name Urban Explorers of Singapore will be in operation, which are noticeable on Facebook however the name Singapore Urban Explorers will not be left unattended.
The decision to change reflects new focus and direction to stimulate interest, as well as empathizing on the genuine art of urban explorer, which was greatly diluted by another since 2002.
Our interactive Facebook page were for reader and supporters to interact with our activities, shared histories and golden memories from the old good Singapore.
Our group emphasizes on urban photography, off-road/jungle trekking, rock climbing and everything related to ‘adventure’ and ‘exploration’. In addition, we also focus on locating and discovering landmarks sites that are related to Singapore and its long standing history. We conduct our own research of these landmarks and sites from reliable sources like libraries, archives and the internet. The information is then presented to members of the public in a fun and easy manner that reaches out to everyone.
As a business entity, our service include assisting and recommendations of location for film makers. Do note that the recommended locations does not includes territories which involved trespassing.
We have organized various private events to historical places such as the Tanjong Pagar KTMB Station, Kent Ridge 1936 British Outpost and the even the former Changi General Hospital. This we feel will benefit members of the public, especially the younger generation who may prefer to seek more experiential type of activities than sitting through lectures or talks. We have also developed a web portal that is informative and educational to help students and visitors learn more about the various places of Singapore. We hope to promote general knowledge and inculcate a sense of curiosity towards our precious history.
There are currently 13 voluntaries in UESG, all of whom are very committed and passionate about photography, researching/studying history, as well as preserving historical landmarks. Based on our observations, we noticed a general lack of interest in the preservation of our historical landmarks and we are deeply concerned that with modernization, the future generations will lose interest to engage themselves any further with our local history.
Overtime, these histories will fade to nothing and will eventually be forgotten.
Thus, we have played our parts and made efforts in requesting the relevant authorities to help preserve several historical sites. These include 23 Amber Road Mansion, Dou Mu Gong Temple, St Joseph and Church of the Nativity.
However, Dou Mu Gong Temple was demolished 6 years ago due to a termite-infested roof that rendered the building structurally unsafe. We understand that not all of our preservation efforts will be successful. Whatever small victories we achieve are great motivation to us.
We would like to also encourage the community and youth members to participate in our programmes, to create awareness of our local heritage, to respect our cultural landmarks and not to trespass on state properties to satisfy their adventurous heart. This encouragement includes a ‘no’ to supporting vandalism occurred on historical landmarks.
We feel that by registering ourselves as a business entity, it will allow us to make official requests for the necessary permits to gain access to some of these state properties, conduct publicity events and road-shows, participate in schools and co-curricular activities to promote our local history and engage in deeper discussions with other organization.
Urban Explorers of Singapore can be identified, especially online, either via our logo or our crest. While the red X symbolized the similar red X found in treasure maps, the crest has 3 different elements fused into one. The first would be a spider, universal symbol for urban explortion. The second symbol would be a pair of Wings, representing Freedom. And finally the third is a skull. Although skulls were usually related to death, and in a Jolly Roger, it means ‘owned by no county and live by own rules’, in a positive term, Skull is a symbol of faith.
As of 13th February 2013 (13022013), a new logo was set not only to balance the concept with the crest but also to focus directly on the company name itself. The X which was based on Huntman Spider (known for their speed and mode of hunting OR in layment ‘unique’), also reassemble barbwires (common hazard during urban exploraton) and slightly reassemble the XXX ( literally extreme ones ). The > shape after N is note as “moving forward” or “moving ahead of North”. Its direction is EAST, a direction where the sun rises and lastly the > is not pointed (is related to Feng Shui).
In 2011/2012, we were numerously mentioned and labelled by many various industries, organizations and urban exploring community as Singapore’s first and original Urban Explorers.
Welcome to a list where we featured our media involvements, projects and accolades. The listed solely belong every voluntaries involved in Urban Explorers of Singapore. It is through commitment and teamwork that we able to gather these records to showcase. Feast your eyes on what we have achieved till date, thus we also could not do it without support from the public.
HIDDEN FEATURES IN THE GARDEN CITY
Interview/Exploration held on 15th & 22nd March 2014
Intrigued by what lies in the forest, a journalism student from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) contacted Urban Explorers of Singapore, requesting to join our exploration. Apparently, no one can. However, a different trip was organized and he saw forgotten graves, underground relic and pseudo shrines, hidden in forested areas.
TO UNDERSTAND IS TO EXPERIENCE
Interview held on 20th October 2013 held at Seah Im
Urban exploring is indeed among many of those subcultures in Singapore. For a school assignment, a student from Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) contacted us for an interview which leads to a ‘splorin opportunity with the team, to experience as an urbexer and learn the grey areas in urbex.
URBAN DECAY AND FASHION
Interview held on 06th October 2013 at Art & Canvas
A fashion student from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is doing a research on the expression of an urban explorer towards the art of urban decay. How can fashion and urban decay intertwined with one another? It was never impossible.
EXPLORING OUR URBAN TRAIL ( original link to article is broken )
Published on 04th October 2013 by Carmela Mendoza & Photos by Colin Ho
Here, Challenge explores a disused British military facility with the team from Urban Explorers of Singapore, a local community of adventurers who delve into abandoned spaces in an attempt to understand and document the Singapore’s past.
CRACKS SHOWS UP IN BUGIS, BRAS BASAH BUILDINGS ( alternate link )
Published on 22th September 2013 by By Melody Zaccheus And Janice Tai
Walk through the historic Bras Basah-Bugis district and you will see plenty of heritage buildings and old shophouses. But look closer and you may find that some of them are prematurely showing their age.
THEY EXPLORE THE ISLAND’S URBAN RUINS
Published on 4th September 2013 by Chow Yian Ping
Every city has a urban ruin, Singapore is no exception too. One weekend morning, the reporter went on a quest with the Urban Explorers of Singapore at Sentosa’s Fort Serapong. Urban Explorers of Singapore founder/director, Azyure D. Hikari, emphasize that Singapore’s urban ruins are disappearing fast, and through urban exploring, he hopes that his team’s recording effort can help to persevere the findings so that the public can rediscover history.
Original texts as per article:
他们探索 岛国炮的废墟每一座城市都有新废墟，新加坡野步例外。一个周末的清晨，记者跟着”新加坡城炮市探索者“ 到圣淘沙瑟拉峰炮台寻幽探秘。城市探索者创办人及总监啊吉尔 (Azyure Hikari) 强调，城市的废墟在墟迅速消失中，他们想为记录废墟尽一分力，通过探索方式，让人们重新认识历史。
GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND
Published on 27th June 2013 by Iliyas Ong
It’s like the Batcave down there. One of those winged creatures, even flew right past me, grazing my cheek on its way out. The stairs end at the top of a wall that’s the width of my hand. To the left of it, more stairs, almost like an amphitheatre built on the side of the wall. And to the right, a two-meter fall into dust and gravel and stone. I mouse over to the left-hand side.
TUNNELS OF SINGAPORE
Filmed on 17th April 2012 at Singapore Polytechnic
Singapore is a modern metropolis and port, but hidden beneath its glittering skyline, lay the relics of its mysterious past. Today, reminisce of the old British fortification can still be found across the city whereby some of this fortification is rumored to be connected to Sentosa and Malaysia.
A SINGAPORE LANDMARK
Filmed on 15th January 2012 outside former Changi General Hospital
A student from Republic Poly contacted Urban Explorers of Singapore to assist them in a film titled “A Singapore Landmark”, which will be broadcast on the television news if it get selected. The idea was to clear dubious haunting claims by overwriting viewers with the interesting facts and histories of former Changi General Hospital.
MUSE IN THE NIGHT (2011)
Contacted on 30th August 2011
Russell Chen, a film student, contacted and requested if we could show him around some sites for a short film his team been working on. Of course we will help. The final product was uploaded to Vimeo on 16th November 2011 and its about conversations with victims of Sandman’s visits and their recovery from dream-reality.
INVITE MR WRIGHT
Filming on 08th May 2010 at Kent Ridge
Urban Explorers of Singapore went to Kent Ridge, accompanied by Ian Wright & Julian Davison, to film scene for an upcoming series. The initial site was meant to be inside Marsiling Tunnel. The filming was successful, however there was no information if it goes on air, or not.
Contacted on 25th April 2010
“TUNNELS! Please help…” was the title. When someone needed help, we will help with no cost. The suggested location was beyond expectation and the filming successful. Urban Explorers of Singapore were invited for a street interview scene which then showcase in the movie. At the end of it all, what’s most rewarding is we made a new friend.
In the mid-19th century, panoramic paintings and models became a very popular way to represent landscapes and historical events. Audiences of Europe in this period were thrilled by the aspect of illusion, immersed in a winding 360 degree panorama and given the impression of standing in a new environment. [Wikipedia]
In 2012, five sentence of the Singapore’s National Pledge were separated into five different location, assigned as a contest of creativity. Urban Explorers of Singapore set out on a project to snap all exhibition, not for participation, but showcase in 360°. As a photographer note, all the photos were captured using nothing more than an iPhone.
Simply click on the thumbnail to view the 360° shots.