Ai Sakura, Sakura Haruka
We feel that Kampong Lorong Buangkok is an excellent experience for our daughter — to see that Singapore isn't just a concrete jungle; to have her come into contact with her humble pre-modernised beginnings; to see what a kampong is like. Nestled between a busy main road and high-rise housing developments, its rustic wooden houses, tin roofs, vegetable patches and wild fruit-trees make it a world very different from cosmopolitan Singapore. It was surreal entering the kampong: you feel yourself transported, as the thick trees and bushes block out the noises and sights of the modern world.
It was nice to see the open porches and inviting courtyards, like in old times where the community spirit was strong among villagers and there were no worries over crime. Today, it’s uncommon to see a modern Singaporean house without high walls, electric gates and CCTV systems.
If you have the time, take your kids for a visit there and maybe relive your own memories of olden Singapore. Kampong Lorong Buangkok is not a tourist attraction, but you are free to wander around the public areas and soak up the atmosphere. Do however respect the privacy of the residents there.