Explore SG: 5 Unique Places in Singapore | 探索新加坡 挖掘本土特色

你们知不知道新加坡有什么有特色的社区或地方?在今天的博客里,我将会介绍这些有特色的地方。请在留言信箱里让我知道你们是否去过或听过这些地方!

Do you know of any unique places in Singapore? In today’s blog, I’ll be introducing some of these places to you guys! Do let me know in the comments section whether you’ve been to these places or ever heard of them!

Unique Places in Singapore to Explore

Unique Places in Singapore

#1: 罗弄万国村 - Kampong Lorong Buangkok (Kampong Selak Kain)

在早年的新加坡有许多的村,这些村也称为“甘榜”。因为新加坡不停的在向都市的生活快速的发展,有许多的甘榜也因此被政府转为我们现在所认知的“组屋单位”。你们知不知道,其实新加坡还有两个地方有甘榜!一个是乌敏岛,另一个是在Lorong Buangkok的罗弄万国村。

这个甘榜的“头家”是孙梅虹女士。这个甘榜里住着不超过30户的家庭。她也很低价的把这些在村里的甘榜组给别人。再一次的访问,她就有提到住在甘榜的特点,那就是和邻居们所有的亲情和关系。他们都像一家人一样,一点阻碍或歧视也没有。在今天的新加坡,能和邻居关系那么好已经是一件很难得的事!我们有时碰到邻居时,都会刻意的躲避他们,连打一声招呼都没有。这也是为什么Kampong Lorong Buangkok会那么特别。

In the past, there were many kampongs scattered all around in Singapore. The rapid development Singapore have made over the years towards a more urban city, the Singapore government start building HDBs flats resulting in kampongs being outcasted. 

Today, there are two kampongs that still exists, one is palau ubin and the other is located in Buangkok in Hougang Singapore called Kampong Lorong Buangkok also known as Kampong Selak Kain in Malay. The kampong is owned by Sng Mui Hong. There are less than 30 families living in the kampong and she rents the kampong at an extremely low price to the villagers. In an interview, she says that’s everyone that lives in the kampong are like family. 

What’s different and unique about Kampong Lorong Buangkok is that just like in the past, there are no barriers between the relationships of the different households, and everyone is extremely close. Nowadays, many of us are not close to our neighbours, some don’t even say “hello” when they walk past each other! This is, something very precious that we have lost, which makes Kampung Lorong Buangkok even more unique!

#2: 乌敏岛 - Palau Ubin

大家都知道,新加坡在世界地图上就是一个小红点。新加坡虽小,但仍有不少美丽的小岛供人们欣赏。乌敏岛,就是其中一个独具特色的小岛。想要前往哪儿,我们都必须乘船才行。在乌敏岛上,我们能看见许多野生动物在路上穿行。此外,我们也可以看到有一些非常具有传统风味的甘榜屋。许多人喜欢到乌敏岛上骑单车,也享受回味新加坡早期面貌的体验!很多游客也特地到乌敏岛上玩哦!

As everyone should know by now, Singapore is just a little red dot on the world map. Though small in size, we do have many islands for everyone to explore. Palau Ubin, is one of the unique places in Singapore where you can find serenity away from a bustling citylife. To get to Palau Ubin, we would need to take a boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal! 

What’s different from that island is that there are no big factories or great infrastructure over there. The environment around there is Singapore in the early days! Many people goes to Palau Ubin to cycle as well as just hand around there reminiscing the days back then. There are many wild animals and old Kampong houses over there as well! Palau Ubin is also a tourist attraction!

#3: 牛车水 - Chinatown

在牛车水有一个地方是本地人和许多的游客都非常喜欢去的地方,那就是佛牙寺!在牛车水,你会看见许多和中国文化有关的物品、美食、建筑等等。如果要去唐人街的话,我会建议大家在农历新年的时期去,因为那时是最多人和最多活动的时候!在牛车水你不仅可以学到很多关于华人的传统和文化,你还可以学到一些关于华人的历史!

A place that many people will visit in Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple! It is a popular tourist spot for many tourists and a popular place for locals as well! In chinatown, you’ll be able to see many things related to the chinese culture as well as many places of worship. In chinatown, you’ll be able to learn and know more about the chinese culture and the different delicacies that the chinese have! For a better experience, I would recommend you to go during the Chinese New Year festive period as there’ll be many events and things going on! 

#4 : 甘榜格南 – Kampong Glam

还记得念小学的时候,学校就有带我到新加坡的甘榜格南,当时的我从来都没有听过这个地方,因此对它很好奇。好奇宝宝的我,回家问了妈妈甘榜格南到底是个怎样的地方,妈妈问道“我们华人有唐人街、印度人有小印度、那马来人有什么呢?”当时的我不知怎么回答妈妈,但认识了甘榜格南这个地方后,我对妈妈的问题有了一个答案。还记得那时我第一次到甘榜格南的时候,也是我第一次踏进一间“清真寺”(马来庙)里。那次和学校到甘榜格南的经历使我大开眼界,也对新加坡文化有了更深的认识!

When I was still in primary school, my school had a learning journey to Kampong Glam. At that time, I was shocked to learn about Kampong Glam in Singapore, and was curious as to what kind of place it is! When I went home, I asked my mum about Kampong Glam. She asked “If there is Chinatown for the Chinese, Little India for the Indians, how about the Malays?” 

I still remember when I first got to Kampong Glam, it was also the first time I stepped into a Mosque, the entire trip was surely an eyeopener for me as I’ve learnt so many things about Singapore and the Malay’s culture that I’ve never knew before! To me, this is definitely one of the most unique places in Singapore.

#5 : 小印度 – Little India

每年屠妖节的时候是小印度最热闹的时候!小印度有什么特点呢?在小印度有卖许多的各种各样的香料,而这些香料是我们在超级市场买不到的那种!不仅如此,在小印度也有许多印度庙!在这些地方,都是我们可以学到很多关于印度人的传统和习俗的地方!

Every year during Deepavali, Little India will filled with many people! What’s unique about Little India is that they sell many spices over there that is not available in our everyday supermarkets! Not only that, in Little India, we can learn many things about the Indian culture as well! Personally, when I go to Little India, I like to go to the different places of worship! It is always interesting to see how different religions is like and learn more about their traditional customs!

我刚刚提到的这些地方你们是否有去过呢?我觉得新加坡的最大的一个特点是我们是一个多元种族的国家!还没有去过这些地方的朋友们,我希望你们都会到这些地方哦!它们真的是新加坡的很有特色的社区,尤其是乌敏岛和罗弄万国村!

Out of all the 5 places I’ve mentioned above, have you been to any? I really think that these 5 unique places in Singapore are worth visiting, especially Kampong Lorong Buangkok and Palau Ubin! If you have any places to suggest, do leave them in the comments section below!

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