[NAS Learning Package] Blast from the Past: Kampung Spirit
Those were the (kampung) days. An important part of Singapore’s treasured heritage, the kampung (village) spirit refers to a sense of community and solidarity. Life in a kampung was mostly harmonious and it was not uncommon for people to readily offer their neighbours food, help and support. Oral history interviewee Chan Chong Beng remembers that he could even sleep with his doors open in the kampung without worry.
As the nation progressed and these villages made way for housing estates, the kampung spirit can still be seen, most recently in how neighbours have reached out to each other during COVID-19.
Learn more: https://go.gov.sg/kampung-spirit
The National Archives of Singapore bring to you the series “Blast from the Past” using our collections to remind or inform you of some of our past experiences in Singapore.