The Last Kampong Standing – Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Did you know that there is still one last kampong left standing in Singapore? Yes, that’s Kampong Lorong Buangkok, which was built in 1956 and located near Gerald Drive (off Yio Chu Kang Road).
Curious about how living in a kampong feels like or have never seen one before? Check this out!! Don’t be surprise if you feel like organising a trip to visit the kampong with your family/friends/colleagues soon!
A quaint little village forgotten by time, Kampong Lorong Buangkok is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and now house close to 30 Chinese and Malay families who lived with each other in harmony. Back in the 1960s even during the racial riots, Kampong Buangkok remained unaffected by the animosity and did not divide among racial lines unlike the rest of Singapore where mistrust was prevalent and tensions were high.
The land which the Kampong sits on belongs to Traditional Chinese Medicine seller Sng Teow Koon, who acquired the land from Mr Huang Yu Tu. This piece of land is then handed down to his children, one of whom Ms Sng Mui Hong who still lives in the Kampong and collects tokens as monthly rental from residents.
All that remains of the Kampong now is an area of approximately 3 soccer fields. The area used to be larger before areas of the Kampong were re-assigned to the construction of buildings for the rapid urbanisation and development of Singapore.
Once a swamp land, the Kampong is also known as “Selak Kain” among the Malay community, which means “to lift up your sarong”, due to its tendency to flood being a low-lying plot of land.
Take a virtual tour of the Kampong here! Though it would be better for you to see it for yourself in reality.
Love such nature-related walks? There are more similar activities over here (such as spoiler alert: MacRitchie Treetop Walk AND MANY MORE), at our Team Bonding Activities in Singapore – 10 Affordable Team Building Ideas article! Don’t miss them out!
Want to try being a landlord/landlady and collect monthly rentals just like Ms Sng? Come along for a fun-filled and exciting adventure with Village Singapura where you’ll be hopping on a time machine to be transported back in time to the 1930s Singapore!
At Village Singapura, a shop-house is revamped to look like a scene of 1930s Singapore, an excellent team building venue. Participants would be transported back in time, and get to be engaged in an exclusive team building experience. You can try up to 6 different hands-on experience of Singapore’s traditions. One difference though. They are part of a story set in Old Singapore where you compete with other teams in team challenges.
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