Book Of Adventure 10: Kampong Buangkok – The Last Surviving Kampong

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                Stardate: 69991.2 (May 9th, 2012)

Its been quite some time since I last wrote about my book of adventures been held here in my own land. Been caught up with so many things that I couldn’t find time to explore more interesting places. But nevertheless, I still be back on my feet whenever there’s a place that interest me to seek.

So here I go. Tucked away from the modernized and busy world of the city life with the growing technology, there stood this very piece of land in what many will thought it had no longer exists. Hidden away from the city madness, was the remnants of a simple life of what we had known a century ago. They make no use of today’s technology, and probably had no means of communication with the outside world. I don’t know how many had heard about this place, as this is what Singapore is like before HDB, condos and skyscrapers took over.

Kampong Buangkok – The last surviving kampong in Singapore. I always thought Pulau Ubin was the last surviving kampong of Singapore. Until I came across this, which tells me that I’m wrong. Built in 1965, and its located at Kampong Lorong Buangkok, off Yio Chu Kang Rd. There’s still a very piece of nostalgia survive on this fast-pace growing land. The kampongs were been spared from bulldozers, cranes and all those big trucks you can think of that will demolished them for good.

Me and my gang from the Singapore Paranormal Investigators were drawn into this. We research about this village through many links, especially blogs. Its seems that this veteran place has attracted many visitors, mostly tourists. The residents themselves, as according to the bloggers seems happy by the people visiting their simple terrority. If you asked me, I don’t know how true is that. We just have to find out for ourselves.

And so, me and one of the SPI member set off for the journey back in time to experience a fragment of how Singapore its like back in those days. The kampong had give us the chance to feel what its like, before advance technology change our lives. Away from the city madness, and into a simple, yet peaceful place on Earth.

The sight of the kampong greeted us and we knew that we just travel back 100 years. It wasn’t that difficult to locate it. We just follow the directions that were written by those bloggers that had visited the area. The sights, the smell, the sounds….. its just nostalgia ~~~ Peaceful and calm. I do expect to see a few chickens running around though.

Besides exploring the nostalgia village, we will also want to interview some of the residents. Just ask them simple questions as to how they had adapt to the conditions here, even though now its the 21st century with all the modern technology growing and growing. We managed to talk to a Malay residents, who both were actually siblings. They had came to visit their mother who had lived there ever since. They came here once in a while just to help out in doing some spring cleaning, house chores and other simple stuff. One lives in Yishun while the other lives in Pasir Ris.

What interest me the most was the towering communication cables that was placed on certain spots within the kampong. You won’t see this anymore in Singapore except at this old village of course. All lines were built underground. But in Malaysia, these type still exists. Perhaps down here at Kampong Buangkok, its what the residents had to still rely on as their only means of communication.

Then halfway through, the sky started rumbling. Fear that it might rain, we seek shelter at the house where the mother of the 2 brothers lives and waited there until the sky is clear. While waiting, we took some few shots of this serenity environment.

Soon the sky is clear and we decided to call it a day. Looking back, I just recall of what I’ve read about this place.  Though the place was been spared, its future still remains uncertain. Will the place be gone soon? Or will the authorities established it as a heritage site? Its saddening to know for the folks here, especially for those who had lived here long enough to see what lies in every path, every step along the way.

Will this surviving kampong last long? Time will tell, cause not many people nowadays who had lived in this modern technologically world get to experience what its like living back then. Cause when they do realize it, they might want to visit the place before the time comes where the kampong will be demolished for good. From there, you can never find another surviving village other than the one in Pulau Ubin. I for once hope, the village will still remains as where it should be, for the next generation and so forth.

If well approve and confirm, this place shall be revisit by us SPI, as part of an educational tour in time to come. It can be an interesting excursion for the members of public who shall be touring with us, so that they can traced back to the time before microchips and microbots were born.

Oh yes, as I had expected, there are chickens running wild. The nostalgia just never fails to amaze us! =)

* For those interested to visit this place, for me I will take the train and stop at Serangoon MRT. From there, take bus 103 from Serangoon Bus Interchange which is near to the MRT station.

– Other available buses: 70 and 854

Kampong Buangkok is just off Yio Chu Kang Road. Along Yio Chu Kang Road, look out for this St. Vincent de Paul church. Up ahead, there will be a Shell petrol kiosk. Once you caught sight of the church, get off the bus. The bus stop is just opposite the Kampong.

– From the bus stop, take the stairs down which is beside the petrol station. You see notice a bridge. Walk across it, then turned left. A bit more, and there you go. The kampong area is on your right! =)

Photos taken in steps for the directions to get there. As been elaborate above.

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