Last Kampong Standing

The truth and reality is finally out….. Our last kampong standing on mainland Singapore, Kampong Lorong Buangkok, had hit the international news this week.

It appeared on the 4th January 2009, in the International Herald Tribune, with the title, “A piece of a disappearing past: Singapore’s last rural village“. 

With the demands of an expanding population in a country with small land space, it is inevitable that the reality and future development would arrive and our last potential piece of Singapore’s early history would soon be gone forever in our eyes except for Pulau Ubin, across the mainland Singapore. When is the date for the redevelopment, there is no official news, as much as I would not want to see our last piece of Singapore history to be gone, we had to accept the needs and demands of our country’s future development.

Kampong Lorong Buangkok was part of my long time plans to capture its images, memories and footprints, however, I was guilty of procrastination and didn’t walk to our historical last kampong and capture the footprints in histroy.

My immediate short term goal is to explore Kampong Lorong Buangkok and capture as many images, memories, footprints, views and perspectives of our Last Kampong Standing before we lose it to the impacts of capitalisation and economic growth and expansion.

6 thoughts on “Last Kampong Standing”

  1. A friend of mine visited that place before and told me the villagers there were very hostile towards visitors… I wonder what’s their prob.. No harm visiting there for a few snapshots right? Hmmmm….

  2. Hi Cashmere

    Looking at both sides, visitors and the villagers,

    (1) Visitors
    – They may not have experienced kampung life before and could have caused some unnecessary inconveniences to the villagers lifestyle.

    (2) Villagers
    – When their private ground and life is being intruded by strangers whereby the black sheep among them created tensions, we have to put ourselves into their shoes and ask ourselves whether we would like it happening to us.

    It takes 2 hands to clap, let’s all make visiting such places to be fun, educational and friendly.

    Let’s all just take photos of the last kampung 🙂

  3. Hi Cashmere !

    Enjoy your photo taking at Kampong Lorong Buangkok ! Looking foward to view your photos & read about adventures there !

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