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Island in Southern Islands

Kusu Island

By far the smallest of the three Southern Islands, Kusu is also the most pleasant. Step off the boat and into an area of picnic-friendly landscaped gardens, home to a small turtle sanctuary and the colourful Tua Pek…
Shrine in Southern Islands

Kusu Kramats

Atop a forest-covered rock on Kusu Island are three bright keramats (Malay shrines) built to commemorate a pious family who lived here in the 19th century. As you climb the 152 steps, notice the four-digit number co…
Island in Southern Islands

St John's Island

Spooky St John's has a chequered past: it was a quarantine station for immigrants in the 1930s before becoming a political prison and later a rehabilitation centre for opium addicts. It's currently closed due to mai…
Temple in Southern Islands

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Built in 1923 by a wealthy businessman, this Temple comes to life during the ninth lunar month (sometime between September and November) for the Kusu pilgrimage. It houses two main deities: Da Bo Gong, who has the p…
Island in Southern Islands

Lazarus Island

Almost entirely undeveloped, with little more than a bit of jungle and a sweeping beach, Lazarus Island is connected to nearby St John's Island via a concrete walkway (approximately 20 minutes to cross). The beach i…