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IMC No. 4 S-SG - Bukit Ho Swee Fire

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Hidden : 05/13/2008
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Geocache Description:


This "secondary cache" can only be found with international team working because: 

This cache is just one cache of a set of 24 caches named IMC No. 4 …
(IMC = International Multi-Cache), dedicated to the theme Fire, one of the four elements of Earth.

These caches are hidden in 12 Countries worldwide:

DE= Deustchland, PT = Portugal, XX = Xxxxxxxxxx, Etc....

In each country there is a "primary cache" and a "secondary cache".

  The 12 primary caches are named "IMC No. 4 P-x - yyy" and the 12 secondary caches "IMC No. 4 S-x - zzz" where x is the country code given above and yyy and zzz can be any additional name. 

The primary caches are almost like traditional caches. The only difference is, that they contain beside the "normal" content (stash-note, logbook, pencil, give-aways) a "lists of hints" for the secondary caches. 

To be able to search and find a secondary cache you need all hints from all 12 primary caches!

As the primary caches are scattered all over the world it will either require a lot of travelling or - and that is the intention of the IMC No. 4 - international cooperation: 

If you want to find this secondary cache, you should: 
1. Find a primary IMC No. 4 cache.
2. Contact finders of other primary IMC No. 4 caches and exchange the hints. 
3. Puzzle the hints together and …
4. … go and seek the secondary cache. 

The IMC No. 4 team wish you good luck!

Table with links to all 24 IMC caches

The Cache:

At 3:20 p.m. on 25 May 1961, The Bukit Ho Swee Fire broke out in the squatter settlement of Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore. Four people died, eighty-five were injured, 16,000 were made homeless and more than 2,200 attap houses were destroyed.

The cause of the fire is thought to be the immense flammability of the squatter settlement, in addition to the lack of hygiene and cramped space. Whether the fire was due to arson or accident remains a mystery today. Nevertheless, the aftermath of the fire promoted a shift of people into the HDB-built public housing.

In the days following the fire, there was a massive charity drive to aid the victims of the fire, methods of which included selling admission to several theatre performances and an ice cream social.

The government acquired the land and began reconstruction immediately after the fire to house the homeless. The Housing Development Board (HDB), chaired by Lim Kim San, quickly resettled the victims of the fire to recently built flats in the Queenstown and St. Michael areas. The government then built the first five blocks of 768 flats in just 9 months. During the next four years, over 8,000 flats were built and those who lost their homes were able to return.

The Hunt:

The posted coordinates will take you to street parking near the Giok Hong Tian Temple, a Hokkien Taoist Temple built in 1887. The Temple was one of two in the area that were surrounded that survived the 1961 and subsequent smaller fires in the area.

With the hints from all of the IMC No 4 primary caches, you will be taken to the nearby hiding spot for this cache. The cache location commands a good view of the area where you can imagine the scene as it looked in 1961 and see how the area has been transformed.

Don't forget: "Cache
in, Trash out" 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Whfg unatvat nebhaq

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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