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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