When I used to live in Singapore, I often wondered what it looked like before the gleaming skyscrapers and sterile HDB flats took over the skyline. In less than 50 years Singapore has gone from being a lesser-known island in Southeast Asia to being considered one of the Four Asian Tigers. The city-state might be young, but little time has been wasted in developing the island into a modern and efficient country.
Not all traces of "the way things were" have been erased or modernized in Singapore, though. Hidden away in the north-east is Kampong Buangkok, the last kampong in Singapore. Time has stood still in the small village, which has 28 houses in a neighborhood the size of three football fields. The small homes, dirt roads, and overhanging power lines paint a picture of what Singapore was like before the malls and freeways took over.
If you're interested in visiting, the closest bus stop is 67071 (opposite the Church of St. Vincent De Paul) and is serviced by buses 70 and 103. Check out this blog for more detailed directions. Like so many other places in Singapore full of history and nostalgia, the kampong probably won't be around much longer so visit soon before it's too late.