Lorong Buangkok

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Lorong Buangkok, Singapore Overview

Right in the middle of Singapore is the quaint, little village of Kampong Lorong Buangkok. Located in the town Hougang, Kampong Lorong Buangkok is the last remaining village on mainland Singapore. Kampong means village and this particular one was built in 1956, the essence of which it retains to this very day. Going in to visit this charming little kampung, the visitor must keep in mind that it is still inhabited by around 30 families and should take care not to disrespect them, their belongings or their property in any way. The houses in this 'kampuang' are reminiscent of an earlier, quieter era, with wooden houses and tin roofs, lush green trees and dirt roads. The thirty or so families who reside here, lead a relaxed life in their 'kampung', in deep contrast with the skyscrapers so clearly visible behind their village.

Visitors often come here to get the experience of an original 'kampung' before it is replaced with one of the many high rises. They often visit the quiet little piece of land in the early mornings and take pictures of the charming little colourful houses against the backdrop of the grey skyscrapers. Families come to show their children what life used to be like back in their day. The residents of the 'kampuang' have many relics of the ages gone by such as old signposts with four-letter pin codes. While most of them are friendly, some like to keep their distance from the steady stream of curious visitors. This 'kampuang' is a must visit for all those who wish to experience the feel of an authentic Southeast Asian 'kampung' on mainland Singapore, before they are destroyed forever by the constant urban development.

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Visitors to the Lorong Buangkok can get a feel of the old world and see how Singapore used to be during the 1950s and 60s. They can experience the close-knit spirit of 'kampungs' in this last remaining one on mainland Singapore. The houses, with their wooden walls and zinc roofs, have not yet been demolished into blocks of flats, and they serve to remind one of the simpler days of the past. Walking down the dirt path beside the canal that leads into the 'kampung' transports visitors into another world, full of lush green trees and creaky old houses with stray cats, dogs and chickens running amok, a stark contrast to the cosmopolitan nature of modern Singapore. Some beautiful photographs of the old world houses set against the backdrop of huge skyscrapers can be taken here. However, visitors must be careful not to violate the privacy of the residents and trespass into private areas.

Visitors seeking to visit the 'kampong' should visit early morning; preferably around 7:00 to 8:00 AM. As it gets progressively hotter during the day, visitors can get uncomfortable taking a walk around.

  • Filming is prohibited in some area and visitors must be respectful of the residents while taking photographs.
  • There are no shops in Lorong Buangkok. Hence, visitors are advised to carry their own food, water and insect repellant.

Lorong Buangkok is a relatively easy reach by public transport. Several bus lines like 103, 147, 315 and 73 stop at St. Vincent de Paul's church on Yio Chu Kang Road from where visitors may cross the road and walk down the stairs next to petrol station and follow the Lorong Buang Kok dirt path. The Circle Line, North East Line and North-South Line of the Subway stop near the 'kampung'.

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