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Fewer devotees are embarking on the annual Kusu Island pilgrimage during the ninth lunar month, according to figures provided by Sentosa Leisure Group, which tracks the numbers visiting the southern island during the pilgrimage.
SINGAPORE: Fewer and fewer devotees are embarking on the annual Kusu Island pilgrimage during the ninth lunar month.
This is according to figures provided by Sentosa Leisure Group, which tracks the numbers visiting the southern island during the pilgrimage.
Every year during this period, thousands of people take the ferry from Marina South Pier to a popular Taoist temple on Kusu Island.
At the temple, they traditionally pray for things like good health, happiness and prosperity.
This year's pilgrimage began last Saturday, and will last till the beginning of next month.
Although this year's numbers are not out yet, figures from the last three years have shown a downward trend.
Some 47,000 pilgrims attended the month-long event last year, compared to 52,000 in 2011, and about 57,000 in 2010.
Devotees say construction work around the ferry departure point, like the soon-to-open Marina South Pier MRT Station, has caused parking issues.
Temple helper Seet Lay Choo said: "Actually, there is also a shortage of parking lots, and I think there's only one bus that goes in.
“So people who drive, I think they have trouble getting a parking lot. If they take a cab, the cab can't actually go in all the way. So they have to actually stop outside. So hopefully, next year when the MRT is ready, it should be better."
The Maritime and Port Authority says there is alternative parking at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
It also provides free shuttle services during weekends and public holidays between the pier and the cruise centre.