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  Say a prayer at the island's temple
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  • Say a prayer at the island's temple - Singapore
      Say a prayer at the island's temple
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  • Pray for a child at the Kramat shrine - Singapore
      Pray for a child at the Kramat shrine
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It's a quiet island getaway for most times of the year but during the ninth lunar month each year, Kusu will bustle with pilgrims. A total of about 120,000 people will converge on the deserted southern island to pray for health, wealth, prosperity & fertility. Carting plastic bags of fruit & joss sticks, they stop by the island's Chinese temple, which houses Tua Pek Gong (Merchant God) & Guan Yin (Godess of Mercy), to pray & make donations.

Some also climb the 152 steps of a knoll to reach the Kramat, a Malay shrine to commemorate a pious man named Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother & sister. The shrine is famous for answering childless couples' prayers for children.

Kusu island, which is Hokkien for "Tortoise" island, owes its name to several myths & legends. The most prevalent one tells of how a tortoise turned into an island to save 2 shipwrecked sailors. To give thanks, they returned the following year to make offerings.

Ferry tickets @ $6 for children & $10 for adults from Mon-Sat are available @ Clifford Pier. $7 & $12 on Sun & public holidays respectively.

Phone: 1800-736-8672

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  • Written Oct 2, 2005
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