For those who grew up during the 1960s or earlier, living in a kampung was not out of the ordinary. However, with the growth of urbanisation, kampung living gradually fazed out and most would not notice that there is still one kampung right under their nose.
Established in 1956, Kampung Lorong Buangkok is the last and only surviving kampung in Singapore. Located near Gerald Drive off Yio Chu Kang Road, it is one piece of living history not to be missed.
THE HISTORY OF KAMPUNG LORONG BUANGKOK
During the 20th century, the land on which the kampung rests on experienced plenty of flash floods. Thus, apart from being known as Kampung Lorong Buangkok, this kampung also earned the name Selak Kain, as people would hitch up their sarong skirt to wade through the floods.
After being acquired by Mr Huang Yu Tu in 1956, Kampung Lorong Buangkok grew into a 40-family strong kampung with a land area of 21460 square metres. However, the kampung has shrunk to 12248.1 square metres today.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Today, Kampung Lorong Buangkok houses slightly less than 30 Chinese and Malay families who stay in houses connected by dirt roads. When you enter, you will be amazed by the tranquility and peaceful atmosphere that fills the kampung.
Each house differs in design, but yet screams uniqueness and originality. Gates to houses are mostly left open and there are not many barriers in front of the houses. This was truly a heartwarming sight that reminded us of the good ol’ times when life was simpler and more light-hearted.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOTE
Do bear in mind that Kampung Lorong Buangkok is not just a historical site but a place where families stay and live. Thus, be quiet, be respectful and be polite. Visit during the weekdays between 9am to 5pm, so as to reduce any disruption to the families’ lives.
As Kampung Lorong Buangkok is also a rather forested area, it would be best to prepare mosquito repellents or patches for use.
HOW TO GET THERE
If you are planning on visiting Kampung Lorong Buangkok via public transport, take the train to Serangoon MRT Station and take buses 70 or 103 for 10 stops to Church of St. Vincent de Paul (B67079).
Next, cross the road and walk towards the Shell petrol station and head for the flight of stairs leading you to a canal. Walk past the canal and walk straight on the left side of the road, and you will be greeted by the Kampung on your left.
Do note that the walk is not particularly short and you may wish to consider driving down to the kampung instead. However, parking spaces are limited so please be conscientious with your parking and take heed to not impose on the kampung’s residents in any way.
Kampung Lorong Buangkok
7 Lorong Buangkok,
Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon