100,000 devotees and visitors are expected to visit tiny Kusu Island from 29 Sep-28 Oct for the annual pilgrimage season.Traditionally happening on the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, 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 the rich legends and stories behind this delightful island on the singapore celebrates our reefs blog.
The road to Marina South Pier will be closed to regular traffic during this period, and normal ferry services to St. John's Island suspended.
Access to Marina South Pier during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season 2008
from Port Marine Notice No. 179 of 2008 dated 22 Sep 08
Similar to previous years, all ferries to Kusu Island during the annual Kusu Pilgrimage Season this year will be deployed from Marina South Pier (MSP). This year, the Kusu Pilgrimage Season falls between 29 September and 28 October 2008.
During this period, some 100,000 devotees and visitors are expected to make their way to MSP to take the ferry.
Hence, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in co-operation with relevant agencies, will be implementing additional measures to ensure a smooth flow of vehicle and passenger traffic to and from MSP, throughout the pilgrimage season. These include:
Increased Frequency of SBS Transit Bus Service 402: The frequency of SBS Transit Bus Service 402, which plies between MSP and Anson Road, will be increased during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season to accommodate the enlarged passenger volume.
Free Shuttle Bus Service: The MPA will provide a free shuttle bus service plying between Car Park B at Marina South and MSP. The free service is provided on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season from 6 am to 7.30 pm.
Road Closure: To facilitate traffic movement, Marina Coastal Drive, which leads right up to MSP, will be closed to traffic (except authorized vehicles) from 6am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays during the Kusu Pilgrimage Season. The public is advised to park at Car Park B and transfer to the free shuttle service to MSP during these road closure times.
Ferry services suspended
From the Sentosa website
Current ferry services to Kusu and St. John's islands will be temporarily suspended during the Kusu Pilgrimage season from 29 Sep 2008 - 28 Oct 2008.
For those who wish to visit Kusu island during the Kusu Prilgrimage season, ferry tickets are as follows:
Mondays to Fridays (excluding Public Holidays): S$14.00 (Adult) / S$12.00 (Child, 1 – 12 years)
Saturdays (excluding Public Holidays): S$16.00 (Adult) / S$12.00 (Child, 1 – 12 years)
Sundays & Public Holidays: S$16.00 (Adult) / S$12.00 (Child, 1 – 12 years)
For those who wish to visit St. John's island during this period, you will need to charter your own boat.