25 September 2009

Kusu Island pilgrimage season: 18 Oct - 16 Nov

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.

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.

Aside from the Today article below, there has been no further information posted by MPA or Sentosa yet. I will update this post if and when there is more information. Meanwhile, here is the information for last year's arrangements for travel.

It's pilgrimage season again
Today Online 23 Sep 09;
The annual Kusu pilgrimage season is between Oct 18 and Nov 16, when thousands of devotees pay homage at the Tua Pek Kong Temple and Kramat shrines on the island.

Ferries to Kusu Island will depart from the Marina South Pier from 7am (weekdays) and 6.30am (weekends). The last ferry will depart from the pier at 5pm and leave Kusu Island at 7pm daily. All regular ferry services to Kusu and St John's islands will be temporarily suspended.

Vegetarian food will be available from stalls on the island. The public is advised to use public transport to Marina South Pier, due to construction activity in the Marina Bay area and limited parking at the pier. Vehicle access from Marina Coastal Drive will be restricted from 6am to 3pm on weekends.

For enquiries, call the Sentosa Hotline at 1800 736 8672 between 9.30am and 6.30pm.

From the Sentosa website:
Kusu Pilgrimage Season (18 Oct 09 to 16 Nov 09)

Regular ferry services to Kusu and St John's Islands will be temporarily be suspended during the Kusu Pilgrimage.

During this period, ferries for the pilgrimage will depart from Marina South Pier to Kusu Island from 7.00am to 5.00pm (Monday – Friday) and 6.30am to 5.00pm (Saturday & Sunday).

For enquiries, please call 1800-SENTOSA ( 7368672), 9.00am to 6.30pm daily.

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