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German Girl Shrine, Pulau Ubin

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The German Girl Shrine is a shrine on the island of Pulau Ubin in Singapore. It marks the site of the burial of an unknown 18-year-old girl who died on the island in 1914 after falling from a cliff while fleeing from British forces who sought to detain a number of German nationals then resident on the island. Her body was recovered and interred in an urn on the site by Chinese workers, and a makeshift shrine structure was built. The site was visited frequently by gamblers who thought the spirit of the girl would bring them good luck. A permanent structure was erected in 1974 by a company carrying out quarrying on the island. Quarrying has since ceased, and the shrine is now within Ketam Mountain Bike Park. Visitors often leave offerings, including makeup and Barbie dolls, at the site.
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  • In my opinion, this is certainly a spot that deserves a visit. It is better to take a bike to visit this spot as it is not in the immediate vicinity of the Pulau Ubin jetty. The story goes that... 
    In my opinion, this is certainly a spot that deserves a visit. It is better to take a bike to visit this spot as it is not in the immediate vicinity of the Pulau Ubin jetty. The story goes that...  more »
  • I agree with Ms takumi Hirohito. If u visit the Great wall of China without studying the wall's history or significance in the earlier years, the wall will be some granite stones. The humble temple....  more
    I agree with Ms takumi Hirohito. If u visit the Great wall of China without studying the wall's history or significance in the earlier years, the wall will be some granite stones. The humble temple....  more »
  • People who said that this was nothing special don't know the historical significance behind this shrine, and how religion plays a major part in shaping the multicultural and multiracial society that.....  more
    People who said that this was nothing special don't know the historical significance behind this shrine, and how religion plays a major part in shaping the multicultural and multiracial society that.....  more »
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  • It is a wonderful shrine of the German girl. It's just 10 mins from the Pula Ubin ferry by bike and a must see place. The only sad thing to see was the disposal of plastic waste in the forest and it would have been better if that was properly disposed.
  • It is a absolutely must visit shrine for locals and tourist that is located in pulau ubin if you're visiting the island. This particular shrine is said to be on this island ever since 1914 when a German girl died while escaping capture from the British army. However, one thing to note is that the real origin of the German Girl shrine has different versions and research work done by certain people seems to suggest otherwise. I encourage you to read up on the resources that are avaliable online and judge for yourself. I also noticed people who mentioned that there is a film with regards to the German Girl shrine called 'moving gods' which was released back in 2003. I'm not sure where you can find this film though.
  • Interesting small shrine in honour to a 18 year old German Girl died there in 1914. Should find out the history. Many Chinese Gods and Dieties placed beside the Urn (remains of the girl). Small but interesting.
  • On Sunday 20/12/2020 there is a new German Princess Barbie Doll at the German Girl Shrine. Welcome everyone to comeby have a visit & take a look at the new Barbie Doll. Please keep the German Girl Shrine neat & clear. Do not damage anything. Hope you have an enjoyable time there.
  • Pulau Ubin is not really a lost place. People from Singapore love this island, which still retains its natural character right next to the metropolis. But in the middle of the jungle, about 5 km away from the pier you will find the very unknown "Berlin Heiligtum", the German Girl Shrine. The interesting and amazing story can easily be found on the internet. The small old temple has been completely rebuilt. The construction of wood, as well as the decoration are reminiscent of German culture. It is a place of enchanting peace and seclusion. Even those who are not attracted to Taoism find there a magical place of remembrance and prayer. How to go? - Comfortable by taxi in the morning from 7.00 AM to the Changi Village Ferry Terminal (City to Ferry Terminal approx. 24 SG $) - Transport by Ferry (7.00 AM - 7.00 PM) to Pulau Ubin (pay 3 SG $ on the boat) - small minibus taxis (about SG $ 24) or bikes to borrow (SG $ 6), available close to the island pier. - Plans of the island are available as well. On the way also many large signs with indication of location - small, but good road leads to the vicinity of the temple, then a short rocky path, but good to ride on mountain bike. Only very small gradients to overcome. Really: very easy to take this way by bicycle - just fellow the street to the left - less people on weekdays, more visitors during the weekend Return journey: - Back to Changi VIllage Ferry Terminal by boat. - Bus station to the left of the Changi Village Ferry Terminal, Bus No. 2 to the MRT Station "Upper Changi" - take the Blue Line (Downtown Line) to the City

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