Kampung Lorong Buangkok

I visited Kampung Lorong Buangkok, the last kampong still standing in mainland Singapore, this morning. Pretty much as I expected, vicious mosquitoes included (SAF insect repellent works on them).

Some highlights:

Incongruous discarded TV:

Buddha with head hacked open:

Unfortunately there’s nothing inside (maybe there was something inside):

Typical kampong scene (actually no, since all the humans in this picture are visitors from civilisation):

A suggestive path leading from the kampung to Ordinary Life in a government flat:

Update: A few people have contacted me asking for directions to the kampong. Here goes:

The Kampong is just off Yio Chu Kang Road, near the junction with Ang Mo Kio Ave 5. You can take buses 70, 103, 854, which ply the appropriate section of Yio Chu Kang Road. If you’re going by train from the south, stop at Serangoon station on the NEL and take 103 from the bus stop outside the community centre. If you’re coming from the north, then 854 from Yishun Interchange is probably the best option. Along Yio Chu Kang Road, one landmark you can use is St. Vincent de Paul church. It is on the side of Yio Chu Kang Rd opposite the Kampong, and there is a bus stop right outside it.

You can literally see the kampong from Yio Chu Kang Rd. Take the stairs that go down to Gerald Drive beside the petrol station.

You might be tempted to get there from the NEL Buangkok station, but it’s easier to get there by the way I described.


19 Responses to “Kampung Lorong Buangkok”

  1. 1 = January 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I know someone who lives exactly in those flats pictured. It is quite saddening, for me, to look out of his flat window and see a struggling patch of nice, *dark*, quiet forest as the HDB flats creep up around it… And when one imagines that perhaps 20 years ago, there would have been no tall concrete blocks censoring the sky.

    I visited the kampong also. I find it a bit ironic, perhaps, that the “direct” road to the kampong road leading from the HDB estate is blocked off.

    It is even more saddening to know that the government has plans to build new schools and facilities in place of the kampong. I read about it in Reuters.

  2. 2 nIc March 28, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Hi, I’m interested in exploring the place but do i need permission to go into the area? Is there anyone i can contact b4 i make a visit there? Thanks

  3. 3 cneil January 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

    You don’t need permisison. I went there the other day myself and walked around a bit. If you get too close to someone’s private property their dogs will barks at you!

  4. 4 Sophia January 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

    How do you get there exactly? I’ve read many different ways (bus 70, bus 88, some other buses from the Buangkok MRT station) but none have really gone into depth about where to pick up the path there once you alight. The idea of getting off of some bus and wandering around the Gerald Drive area isn’t my idea of a good way to start off. I’m sure there’s more than one entrance, but which is easiest to find for someone who’s never even been to that part of Singapore?


  5. 5 harb May 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    is the kampong around coz i heard that it is has been tore down

  6. 6 Mahogany May 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I was over there earlier this year – early February. I also heard it won’t be around much longer but I suspect it is still there.

  7. 7 harb May 11, 2009 at 6:13 am

    how far is it from pei hwa sec

  8. 8 Vincent June 25, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Yeah I thought of going down this sun to check it out before it disappars. Think its still around as a friend of mine visited it last week.

  9. 9 Vincent June 25, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Do you know if I’m driving down, where is the nest place to park? The HDB in your photo?

  10. 10 Ponder Stibbons June 25, 2009 at 8:47 am


    I think the private housing estate near St Vincent De Paul Church is probably closer. But the HDB estate is fine too. It’s less obvious how to walk to the Kampong from the HDB estate though.

  11. 11 tan August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    hi does anyone know if the kampong is still there? is there someone i can call to check? the NEA?

    i want to do a film there.

    pls advise and email me at tankabra77@gmail.com


  12. 13 kiatkiat August 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I use to stay there until Primary 6. Nice place and fun childhood time 🙂

    Used to have a lot of stray dogs, monitor lizard and mosquito.

  13. 14 PakLebai October 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Will be heading there this weekend as my fiancee’s neighbor’s family has an event there. Am I correct to assume that I can just reach there by driving along Gerald Drive? Or do i have to go along via Buangkok Crescent, the one with the HDB flats in ur pictures?

    PS: Isn’t Ponder Stibbons the ‘young’ wizard in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels? The one ‘sane’ faculty member of the Unseen University? 🙂

  14. 15 Ponder Stibbons October 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t know about driving right into the kampong, but Gerald Drive is so close that you might as well park there and walk in. Buangkok Crescent is much further away, though still easily walkable.

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