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Aerial view of Lorong Buangkok Kampong

Kampong Lorong Buangkok, The Last Kampong in Mainland Singapore

Originally a swamp, Chinese medicine seller Sng Teow Koon bought over the land in 1956 and rented out small plots of it to families. By the 1960s, over 40 families have called this kampong home.

facade of blue-tiled roof at istana woodneuk

The Abandoned Istana Woodneuk

Istana Woodneuk is an abandoned mansion located along Tyersall Avenue. It entered the limelight in 2018 when it was revealed by Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, that one of the scenes was inspired by the mansion.

The Reason Why Singapore Is Called the Little Red Dot

The nickname “Little Red Dot”, a reference to how Singapore is represented in the world map, was first coined by late President of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie in an article published in the Asian Wall Street Journal on August 4th, 1998.

Ngee Ann City, A Former Cemetery

Unbeknownst to many, the former grounds of Orchard Road and Paterson Road was once a huge Teochew cemetery called Tai Shan Ting.

Singapore Changed Its Timezone Six Times

The last change was made in 1982, when West Malaysia (GMT +7:30) moved their clocks ahead by half an hour to match East Malaysia (GMT+8).

The Only Lighthouse in Singapore That’s on Top of a Building: Bedok Lighthouse

Located atop the 26-storey high Lagoon View condominium stands the Bedok Lighthouse, Singapore’s first fully automated and unmanned lighthouse.