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Top 10 Hidden Places in Singapore You Didn’t Know

Singapore is a densely populated island country located off the southern tip of Malaysia. The country has a population of over 5.5 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Singapore is also one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, with a highly developed economy and impressive infrastructure. Despite its size and population, there are still some hidden places and attractions you never knew existed. Here’s ten interesting ones for you to discover. 

Hidden Places in Singapore

#1 – Raffles Marina Lighthouse

Introduction:

Located at the tip of our Club’s breakwater is Raffles Marina’s own lighthouse. Built in 1994 and overlooking the Tuas Second Link – Singapore’s second causeway to Malaysia, this 12 metres high icon flashes every 10 seconds with a beam that reaches 15 metres. The lighthouse is maintained by the Club and is the only lighthouse not owned and operated by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore.

The beacon is a popular spot for photography groups. The lighthouse, together with the marina, has been featured on wedding and lifestyle websites and blogs. It has been described as one of the most ideal and unique venues among couples for wedding photography and nautical themed weddings.

About

  • Check out the Megayacht – The Asean Lady
  • Gazing at the Border of Singapore & Malaysia
  • Fishing At The Jetty
  • Dining & Drinking at Raffles Marina

Location: Raffles Marina

Opening Hours:

  • Open daily from 8 am to 10 pm

Price of Admission:

  • Is free to visit
  • Wedding Filming/ Photoshoot: $350/ 3hrs

Location & Address: 10 Tuas West Drive, Singapore 638404

Contact: 6861 8000

Website: Website Link Here


#2 – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Introduction:

Discover the beauty and wonders of nature at Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park. Uncover a world filled with rich biodiversity as you wander through the wetlands with an extensive mangrove forest of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Sungei Buloh was first opened as a Nature Park in 1993. In 2002, 130 hectares were officially gazetted as a Nature Reserve and renamed Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to better reflect its status. In the same year, it was recognised as a site of international importance for migratory birds and awarded a certificate by Wetlands International, marking the reserve’s formal entry into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network, which includes Australia’s Kakadu National Park, China’s Mai Po – Inner Deep Bay and Japan’s Yatsu Tidal Flats.

About

  • Nature Trails
  • Mangrove Boardwalk
  • Coastal Boardwalk
  • Mud Experience
  • Mid-canopy Walk
  • Pods

Location: Kranji

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 7:30am to 7:00pm
  • Sunday / Public Holidays: 7:00am to 7:00pm

Price of Admission: 

  • $3 for adults
  • $1 for students and senior citizens

Location & Address: 301 Neo TiewCres, Singapore 718925

Contact: +65-67941401

Website: Website Link Here


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#3 – Pearl’s Hill City Park

Introduction:

Tucked away in a corner of Chinatown, Pearl’s Hill City Park is a hidden oasis of peace and tranquillity. Built around a reservoir on top of a hill, the park is a great place to take a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Visitors can look forward to enjoying the wooded ambiance provided by the mature Tembusu trees while basking in the serenity of the park. Alternatively, sit back and relax by the pond and admire the beautiful lotus plants. When in full bloom, the lotus plants provide a brilliant splash of colour across the pond’s still waters.

Pearl’s Hill City Park is located behind Outram Park MRT Station and can be accessed from Pearl Bank, Pearl’s Hill Terrance, Pearl’s Hill Road, and Chin Swee Road.

About

  • Hill climbing
  • Fishing
  • Independent park tours
  • Nature walks
  • Hiking

Location: Chinatown

Opening Hours:

  • Open Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

Price of Admission: Entrance Fees are Free

Location & Address: Pearl’s Hill City Park, Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Singapore, Singapore

Contact: +65 1800 471 7300

Website: Website Link Here



#4 – Wessex Estate

Introduction: Built in the 1940s, the Wessex estate provides an idyllic housing option for one-north’s working population. Nestled amid lush greenery off Portsdown Road, the quaint residential estate offers nature at your doorstep. It is made up of 26 blocks of walk-up apartments and 58 semi-detached houses dotted around Westbourne Road, Weyhill Close, Whitchurch Road, Wilton Close, and Woking Road. Adding to the laidback charm of Wessex is the Colbar Café, a restaurant full of retro vibes which is just minutes away by foot.

About

  • Explore the neighborhood’s abandoned water tank
  • Craft workshop and an Arts Walk
  • Colbar Cafe

Location: Queenstown

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday open 24-Hours
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Price of Admission: Walking Tours from $80.00 per adult (price varies by group size).

Location & Address: 4 Woking Rd, Singapore 138703

Contact: 6873 0411

Website: Website Link Here


#5 – Kampong Lorong Buangkok

Introduction: Kampong Lorong Buangkok is Singapore’s last remaining kampong in Singapore. The kampong is a private property located off Yio Chu Kang.

The land on which Kampong Lorong Buangkok sits was originally swampland. It is owned by Madam Sng Mui Hong, who inherited it from her father who originally purchased it in 1956.

Even today, the kampong spirit is strong in the village. There are currently families staying in the kampong. Madam Sng rents out the various homes which can be found at Kampong Lorong Buangkok to her tenants, many of which are descendants of first-generation residents.

About

  • Home Visit
  • Walking tour
  • Educational tour

Location: Sengkang

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday -Saturday: 7:30 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Monday: Closed

Price of Admission: Entry is free of cost

Location & Address: 7 Lorong Buangkok, Singapore 547557

Website: Website Link Here


#6 – Japanese Cemetery Park

Introduction:

A quiet residential neighborhood in Hougang holds an important legacy of the Japanese in Singapore.

The sprawling 30,000-square-metre Japanese Cemetery Park contains nearly 1,000 graves of Japanese civilians in Singapore and soldiers mostly from the early 20th century.

Founded by three Japanese brothel-keepers, the cemetery was built in 1891 as a burial ground for karayuki-san, or Japanese women brought here for prostitution, many of whom died poor and destitute.

Over the years, other Japanese civilians were buried here, mostly during the pre-war years. The cemetery was a burial ground until 1947 and became a memorial park in 1987. The Japanese Association of Singapore oversees its upkeep.

About

  • Memorials and graves of Japanese individuals
  • Photoshoot

Location: Hougang

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Sunday: 7 am to 7 pm

Price of Admission: Entry is free

Location & Address: 825B Chuan Hoe Ave, Singapore 549854

Contact: 6468 0066

Website: Website Link Here


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#7 – Smith Marine Floating Kelong Restaurant

Introduction: Smith Marine started off in 2006 as a fish farm. In remembrance to our past as a humble fishing port, we created a modern kelong using a steel pontoon. In 2014, our modern kelong has transformed into the first Floating Seafood Restaurant in Singapore with the aim of bringing live and fresh catch from our farm to our esteemed diners.

Located just off the coastal waters of Pulau Ubin, our rustic restaurant provides a unique dining experience without the hustle of having to carry your passport with you.

About

  • Floating Seafood Restaurant 
  • Fishing
  • Bumboat ride

Location: Pulau Ubin

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm

Price of Admission: Ferry to restaurant 2 ways is $100, can take up to maximum of 12pax.

Location & Address: 95B Pulau Ubin FC97E Pulau Ubin Coastal Area, Singapore 508325

Contact: 9792 7609

Website: Website Link Here


#8 – Hampstead Wetlands Park

Introduction:

Developed by JTC and NParks, the 3.23 hectare Hampstead Wetlands Park is a green sanctuary and a place for rest and recreation for the surrounding community of Seletar Aerospace Park.

This park provides a conducive environment for plants, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit freshwater ecosystems. Snags and the habitat islands are essential parts of the wetland’s ecology, providing birds and other wildlife with shelter, nesting spots, and resting grounds away from human disturbances and predators. The habitat islands also provide additional surface area for wetland plants to colonise. Wetlands help to remove sediments from surface run-off when it rains, thus acting as a natural filter.

About

  • Nature Photography
  • Hiking and Nature Appreciation
  • Explore the Boardwalks
  • Plane Spotting At Seletar Airport

Location: Seletar Aerospace Park

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Sunday: Open 24-Hours

Price of Admission: Free

Location & Address: 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977

Website: Website Link Here


#9 – Marsiling WWII Tunnel & Naval Base

Introduction:

Tons of theories and rumors surround the Marsiling Tunnels. Some speculate that it was a torture chamber, or that it was a secret passage that led to a former mental hospital.

What is for sure is that the Marsiling Tunnels are part of a Royal Air Force fuel reserve depot built in 1942. Today, it is one of many abandoned historical sites in Singapore open for exploration — if you’re adventurous enough, that is.

Start your journey at Woodlands Waterfront Carpark. From there, make your way to Marsiling Crescent. Upon reaching, you’ll see a field.

Behind those trees is a semi-established trail that will lead you to the Marsiling Tunnel’s entrance. There are supposedly four entrances but they’re all concealed apart from the South Entrance.

About

  • Hiking/Exploring the Abandoned Tunnel
  • Adventures

Location: Marsiling Crescent

Opening Hours:

  • No time restrictions

Price of Admission: Free of Charge

Location & Address: Admiralty Road West, Singapore, Singapore

Contact: +65 6736 6622

Website: Website Link Here


#10 – Istana Woodneuk

Introduction: Easily one of Singapore’s largest private residences in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Istana Woodneuk was one of the two royal palaces owned by Johor Sultan Abu Bakar ibni Daing Ibrahim (1833-1895), 21st Sultan of Johor and was well-known as “The Father of Modern Johor”. Friendly to both British Empire and Qing Empire, Sultan Abu Bakar was credited for the development of Johor towards the end of the 19th century.

Istana Woodneuk is located on a small hill bounded by present-day Holland Road and Tyersall Road. After a century of abandonment, its surroundings are covered by thick vegetation; the house itself is in ruins. As if living in a lost world of its own, the place is out of bounds to outsiders and is not charted on any modern maps.

About

  • Adventures
  • Nature Photography
  • Historic Walking Areas

Location: Holland Road

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Sunday: Open 24-Hours

Price of Admission: Free

Location & Address: 766 Tyersall Ave, Singapore 257699

Website: Website Link Here


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