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Discovering Kampong Buangkok…

2009 January 12
by Victor TAN

Finally, I’ve got to visit the the last kampong of Singapore before it is being gobbled up by bulldozers. If Claudia didn’t join us, I guess we wouldn’t been able to make it there as none of us know its actual location. The kampong is totally out of sight from civilisation and it took us awhile to get into the place. It nearly felt like a trekking trip than a photo outing!

Most of the houses are vacant but the strange thing is there are two houses that seemed to be newly built! The place really has a rustic charm and no where else in Singapore that you can compare with it. We had fun taking photos around the place and at each other!

I personally feel that it is a pity to tear it down. I mean we do have a lot of undeveloped land in Singapore at the moment and we could just spare this place. In fact, I would say that it makes a good National Education site for Kids to learn more about Kampong Life.

Claudia, Qiquan, Dorothy, Clauds, Me & Darran

Claudia, Qiquan, Dorothy, Clauds, Me & Darran

The thought of this photo shoot was triggered by the article published on New York Times. The discussion started when Darran was sharing his photos from our Marina Barrage photo outing on Plurk and I suggested having a shoot at Kampong Buangkok. Soon we have Clauds, Dorothy, Qiquan and Claudia who are keen to join us for this photo outing. This photo outing is really fun and I really enjoyed myself very much! For our next photo outing, we are probably going to Tiong Bahru or Southern Ridges!

For those who are interested to visit Kampong Buangkok, you may want to take 70 from Yio Chu Kang MRT Station and alight at Opposite St. Vincent De Paul Church, Yio Chu Kang Road, 15 stops later, according to Though the trip is longer than going from Buangkok MRT station, the road leading into the kampong is in a better condition and comfortable.

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12 Responses leave one →
  1. January 12, 2009

    Seriously, you’re super fast!

    Today’s trip was fun! I’ve got so many photos! Still processing the people album. The rest of the shots will have to wait till tomorrow.

    Can’t wait to rediscover (more of) singapore!! 😉

  2. Victor TAN permalink*
    January 12, 2009

    I am damn tired now lor… I just posted this on the National Education portal… LOL 😛

    Waiting to see your photos soon!

  3. January 12, 2009

    I have read the NYT articles and I wanted to go to visit this little village in Singapore. You did it!
    Thanks for this interesting article!

  4. Victor TAN permalink*
    January 12, 2009

    Hi French Blast! Thank you for the kind words 🙂

    It was really a fun and great learning experience for us! Guess you should visit too! Hope the directions will be helpful in getting your way there… Cheers!

  5. January 12, 2009

    haha yeah! the trip was fun.. Vic you need more stamina.. the road in was not long or tedious at all. hahaha!! Hey I have a request though: Possible to enable full posts? my RSS reader is only showing excerpts at the mo. 😛

  6. Victor TAN permalink*
    January 12, 2009

    Can… 🙂

  7. January 20, 2009

    Been away from Singapore far too long and those pics kinda bring back fond memories. Thanks a lot guys!

  8. Thila permalink
    February 27, 2009

    Hi my school is interested in doing a school holiday trip to the kampong (life style awareness). we need help. could someone advise on how to go by it.
    Any help and advise is much appreciated.

  9. Victor TAN permalink*
    March 1, 2009

    Hi Thila. I guess the you will need to do some research on it. The location is highlighted on the above map.

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