23 September 2010

Kusu pilgrimage season: 8 Oct - 5 Nov 2010

Traditionally happening on the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, 100,000 devotees and visitors are expected to visit tiny Kusu Island for the annual pilgrimage season.It is said that 80% of the pilgrims are women. Many come to pray for good husbands, healthy babies and obedient children.

Besides the temple, Kusu Island is also the resting place of three Malay kramats. More about Kusu Island on the wildsingapore website.

Changes in usual services during the pilgrimage season.
From the Sentosa website:
Suspension of ferry services to St John's Island during Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2010

Ferry services to Kusu and St John’s Island will be temporarily suspended during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season from 8 Oct to 5 Nov.

During this period, a dedicated service will be available from Marina South Pier where ferries will depart for Kusu Island from 7am to 5pm daily.

Normal ferry services from Marina South Pier to the two islands will resume on 6 Nov.

For enquiries, please call 1800-SENTOSA (7368672), 9am to 6.30pm daily.


Update 4 Oct
Singapore Police Force news release

The Kusu Pilgrimage will be held from 8 October 2010 to 5 November 2010. During this period, devotees are expected to congregate at Marina South Pier to utilize the ferry services to Kusu Island.

To facilitate the traffic arrangements for the event, Marina Coastal Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m on the following dates:
(a) 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October 2010; and
(b) 5th November 2010.

During the road closure, access into the above-mentioned road will only be granted to police, emergency vehicles and all other vehicles displaying official labels.

Parking restrictions along the peripheral roads will be strictly enforced. Vehicles found parking and causing obstruction will be towed away.

Members of the public may contact the organiser at the hotline number 6225 1145 for further enquiries.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
04 October 2010 @ 11am

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