Makam Puteri Radin Mas Ayu
10 Mount Faber Road (Opposite Mount Faber Lodge Condominium)
Open 9am - 6pm daily. Free admission.
IntroductionHidden behind some trees and vegetation along the bend of Mount Faber Road lies a centuries old shrine of a Javanese princess whose backstory and history could only be described as a legend or fairytale upon hearing it; only to have a reflection that it may be factual due to the fact that the shrine exists.
|The Makam of Puteri Radin Mas Ayu could barely be seen behind the trees.|
|The steps leading up to the Makam.|
|A sign on the open gate stating the opening hours.|
|Unknown tomb near the entrance.|
|Near the top of the stairs, a sign reads in Malay; "Shrine of Princess Radin Mas Ayu"|
The Legend of Puteri Radin Mas Ayu
|Keramat Radin Mas Ayu.|
|The tomb up close.|
|The legend of Radin Mas Ayu at the shrine.|
The Legacy of Radin Mas Ayu
|Some pictures and news clippings depicting the history.|
|An eviction sign.|
The hut was torn down and a new one was built. A low fence was erected along the perimeters of the tomb. The surrounding compound was laid with ceramic tiles and a water tank was installed to store rainwater. A flight of steps was constructed to increase access to the shrine.
|A mini koi pond at the tomb.|
There was a Malay Kampong, Kampong Radin Mas, which has since been cleared for Mount Faber Lodge Condominium. There was also a namesake Masjid Radin Mas, at the foot of Mount Faber, but it closed in 2001 and demolished.
The main building of the namesake Radin Mas School was converted from Pengiran's Istana in 1926 before moving to its current location in 1984 and renamed to Radin Mas Primary School. Unfortunately in the process, the old Istana building has been demolished. But a painting by Ong Kim Seng, a former student of Radin Mas School, illustrates the former Istana building.
Though the area used to have a road and hill named "Radin Mas" and "Bukit Radin Mas" respectively. But these names too have been expunged from maps and roads named "Telok Blangah Way" and "Bukit Purmei Avenue" are used to denoted the toponymy of the area. But collectively, the area itself is still referred to as "Radin Mas" by many of its residents.
Even though she died in 1511, the legacy of Radin Mas Ayu has lived on for centuries and probably in the coming decades.