Conserved kampung house, fruit orchard now open to visitors to Pulau Ubin

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NParks CEO Kenneth Er, Dr Maliki Bin Osman (Grassroots Adviser for East Coast GRC [Siglap], Senior Minister of State for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Mayor of South East District) and SMS Desmond Lee planting fruit trees to mark the opening of Ubin Fruit Orchard. PHOTO: NPARKS
A young Pulau Ubin volunteer sharing the highlights of Teck Seng's Place with SMS Desmond Lee and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman (Grassroots Adviser for East Coast GRC [Siglap], Senior Minister of State for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Mayor of South East District). PHOTO: NPARKS

SINGAPORE - Visitors to Pulau Ubin will have some new stops to look forward to.

A conserved kampung house and the Ubin Fruit Orchard will give visitors a glimpse of the rustic life on the island.

Situated along Jalan Ubin, the fruit tree arboretum on Pulau Ubin will be the first of its kind in Singapore, said The National Parks' Board (NParks).

Named Ubin Fruit Orchard, the 1ha site was previously a fruit orchard belonging to a resident on the island.

It will feature fruits such as rambutan, starfruit, durian and mango.

Teck Seng's Place. PHOTO: NPARKS

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs & National Development Desmond Lee, and Senior Minister of State for Defence & Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman joined Ngee Ann Polytechnic students to plant fruit trees on Saturday (Dec 3) to officially open the fruit tree arboretum.

Overlooking the Sensory Trail Ponds, House 363B has been refurbished and conserved as a model of a Chinese kampung house.

Built in the 1970s, the house was owned by Mr Chew Teck Seng, who used to operate a provision shop in the village centre known as Teck Seng Provision Shop.

Living room in Tech Seng's Place. PHOTO: NPARKS

Renamed Teck Seng's Place, the house features interpretive signs and specially-curated memorabilia to give visitors a glimpse into life on Pulau Ubin in the 1970s.

The house will be open on the second and fourth weekend of the month and public holidays, from 10am - 2pm.

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SMS Lee also announced updates of and new initiatives to preserve the island's wildlife species, and to document biodiversity on Pulau Ubin.

This included BioBlitz @ Ubin - the first 24-hour survey to document biodiversity on the island.

From 12pm on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday, members of the public will join naturalists and researchers to document biodiversity found on Pulau Ubin.

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