Chun See's comment - "I also remember seeing Lor Makam and an old temple there in the late 80s when I jogged and drove along (old) Holland Rd" - in his blog on Lorong Panchar reminds me of a second shot taken in late 2011 when I was exploring the area mentioned.
I concur with Pat in the blog comments that Chun See saw the Yu Shan Teng Hakka temple which was beside Lorong Makam.
The Yu Shan Teng Tua Pek Kong (毓山亭大伯公) was a cemetery temple by the Fong Yun Tai Association, a Hakka organization formed by clansmen of three Hakka counties Fengshun (丰顺), Yongding (永定) and Dapu (大浦). Yongding is famous for those Hakka roundhouses or tulou (土楼) featured in travel documentaries; in fact I was told you can find one tulou recently completed in the association premise. Dapu, as some of you are aware, is the ancestral place (祖籍) of our founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
The cemetery temple had disappeared by 2011, of course. Nevertheless I could still see remnants of the concrete slab, a raised platform once the base of the temple. You can see in my second shot of a 1986 archival photo the raised platform and the inclined road in front. On today's map, the inclined road is Holland Road and this is the last stretch before the Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal and Holland Plain.
|Remnants of the raised platform and Holland Road looking southwards|
|Remnants of the raised platform in opposite direction|
The 1986 photo was taken from one end of the platform where the incense burner stood and you can just about see the edge running close to the building, but this edge is not really visible in the second shot. Comparing the two shots, it seems that part of the grass verge was reclaimed for road widening or the photographer was actually standing closer to the temple and using a wide-angle lens.
|Fong Yun Tai Association Columbarium|
I do not know when was the cemetery temple demolished, the cemetery had certainly been exhumed by 1986. It was still standing in the early 90s from photos I have seen. In late 2011 other than the concrete remnants, I found one other instance where the name - 毓山亭大伯公 - still lives on: on a stone signboard outside the association premise at Holland Plain / Holland Link. I hope these two "relics of the past" are still around today.