Island-Hopping: Kusu Island

A few weeks ago, I went island-hopping with the colleagues from my department and our first stop was Kusu Island. I used to visit Kusu Island as a kid and I’m pretty sure there are some photos from that time that I can dig up.

Kusu means ‘tortoise’ in Hokkien and the outline of the island is said to resemble that animal, hence the name. From Singapore Infopedia, “Every year, on the 9th day of the 9th moon in the Chinese calendar, a month-long festival stretching between September to November see more than 100,000 devout Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian pilgrims visit Kusu Island. The island houses a Chinese temple and three Malay Keramats. At least, 80% of the devotees are women, many praying for good husbands, healthy babies and obedient children. Devotees also climb the 152 steps to reach the Malay shrines.”

heading to Kusu Island

heading to Kusu Island

great weather

great weather

info board

info board

what's that little gate for?

what’s that little gate for?

the Tua Pek Gong temple

the Tua Pek Gong temple

entrance

entrance

arch

arch

I had to take a photo with this because I know there's a photo of me as a kid here

I had to take a photo with this because I know there’s a photo of me as a kid here

I'm the small one in the middle standing on the plaque!

I’m the small one in the middle standing on the plaque!

wishing well

wishing well

to the Malay shrines

to the Malay shrines

yellow

yellow

you can pray for anything, it seems

you can pray for anything, it seems

left by other visitors

left by other visitors

on the trees as well

on the trees as well

tortoise shelter

tortoise shelter

inhabitants

pretty sure the inhabitants are terrapins, not tortoises

another wishing well

another wishing well

looking to mainland

looking to mainland

tortoise statues

tortoise statues

final look at Kusu Island

final look at Kusu Island

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