Kampong Lorong Buangkok: Preserving Singapore's Last Mainland Village

September 26, 2023

In the northeast of Singapore, a nostalgic glimpse into the past resides in Kampong Lorong Buangkok. This village, the last of its kind on mainland Singapore, once thrived amidst 220 scattered kampongs. History tells us it began as a swamp, transformed over time by the efforts of families who built stilt houses with wooden walls and thatched roofs, known as attap.

Today, this unique enclave houses fewer than 30 families, maintaining its "kampong spirit" and a sense of community that harkens back to a bygone era. While surrounding property prices have skyrocketed, Kampong Lorong Buangkok remains affordable, with monthly rents still close to their original rates.

The village preserves a sense of nostalgia, offering a contrast to Singapore's modern urban landscape. However, it faces potential redevelopment, threatened by plans for a bi-directional highway, schools, and a public park. Some propose preserving it as a cultural and heritage education site, a valuable resource for future generations to learn about Singapore's history and traditions.

In light of its historical significance, efforts should be made to integrate Kampong Lorong Buangkok with urban life, allowing families and visitors to appreciate this living relic of Singapore's past. It's a place where beautiful memories of kampongs endure, waiting to be explored and cherished by all generations. Consider a visit this weekend to experience it firsthand.

Photo: By Grps at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38264681
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Photo: https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/52799-last-village-kampong-lorong-buangkok-private-walking-tour/
Photo: Shaun Chai

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