St John N Kusu Island tour
Hi Friends ,
We are gonna visit one of the most enjoyable Island of Singapore.
Saint John's Island, previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, is one of the Southern Islands in Singapore. It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore, The 40.5-hectare hilly island was transformed in Protected content a tranquil getaway with swimming lagoons, beaches, picnic grounds and other attractions. The island is also a haven for a host of flora and fauna, and is popular for weekend visits. There is also a small jetty at the southern end of the island to transport visitors to and from the mainland.
Kusu Island : This is the theme of friendship between people of differet races. Kusu Island which means ‘Turtle Island', Island was renamed Pulau Tambakul to ‘Goa Island' in Protected content , the island originally was 1.2 ha but landfill and reclamations efforts in Protected content the island to 8.5 ha.
At some point, a legend surrounding two shipwrecked men - one Malay, the other Chinese- who encountered a giant turtle out in the ocean that saved them by turning into a huge island started.
The legend was so pervasive that the island eventually came to be known as ‘Kusu Island'.
The island already had a distinctive shape which many claim to resemble a giant turtle or tortoise, giving weight to the legend and its new name.
The Chinese temple and three Malay keramats (shrines) on the island were said to have been built as a testament to that friendship. keramats, located at the top of a hillock, commemorate Syed Abdul Rahman who was a pious man, his mother, Nenek Ghalib and sister, Puteri Fatimah who lived in the 19th century.
The shrines are believed to have supernatural powers that bestow wealth, good health and good marriage.
Many devotees will climb the steep Protected content to pray for such things. Childless couples also visit the shrines to pray for children.
The Chinese temple on the island is dedicated to Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy which was built by a wealthy business man in Protected content .
Both deities are regarded as having the power to cure diseases, grant prosperity and provide sons respectively.
The food centre is active during pilgrimage months i.e between july – September.
So we all need to carry enough water, food/snacks umbrella and wear comfortable attire and shoes so we can hang around freely.
Guys and Gals who want to fresh up and change dress due to humidity there are shower facility available .
How to head to meeting point is Protected content
Look forward to enjoy this trip and have good fun.
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