Legend has it that Radin Mas Ayu was a beautiful Javanese princess who was pious and a filial daughter. She was loved by her father, Pangeran. He was the younger brother of a Javanese king, a skilful and brave warrior who fell in love with a commoner and wedded her in secret. They had a daughter whom they named Radin Mas Ayu, meaning “sweet golden princess”.
Before long, the king found out and was furious. He sent Pangeran away to battle and had his men burn down their house while he was away. The Pangeran’s wife perished but their daughter was rescued by a loyal servant.
When Pangeran returned from the battle, he left the kingdom with Radin Mas Ayu. They set sail and landed on the island of Singapore and settled down in a village at Telok Blangah.
When the Sultan of Singapore found out that he was a prince, he arranged for his princess to be wedded to him. Pangeran agreed and a son was born to them. He was named Tengku Chik. Meanwhile Radin Mas Ayu was now grown up but was disliked by her stepmother.
Her stepmother together with her nephew, Tun Bagus plotted against Pangeran and his daughter. As he drew his kris and lunged at Pangeran, Radin Mas stepped in to block the attack. She was fatally stabbed in the heart and died instantly. The stepmother fled but through divine intervention lightning struck and killed her.
The tomb of Radin Mas Ayu sits at the foot of Mount Faber (behind Mount Faber Lodge Condominium) overlooking Kampong Radin Mas which has been demolished. Should you wish to visit Puteri Radin Mas Ayu, gates are open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Many thanks to the folks at Temasek Rural Exploring Enthusiasts who brought us here as part of a larger tour of Mount Faber!