Kampong Lorong Buangkok

A few days ago I visited Singapore’s last remaining kampong (traditional village). Experiencing this place felt like a rare glimpse at Singapore’s past, and indeed my own, as I used to live in a kampong when I was a child. The following sound excerpt is comprised of several recordings of the kampong layered together:

It saddens me to know that this place is destined for redevelopment by the government, in fact it has already started. I wish that this kampong could be conserved for future generations as part of their cultural and historical heritage; this place functions not only as a window to an old way of life, but also provides a unique aural experience of a lived environment in-tune with nature – truly a rarity in Singapore, and indeed most cities.

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