In our previous post about Singapore, we shared some of the hidden or undiscovered places one must see in this beautiful country.This is sort of an addendum to that original blog post as we realized there are still so many places we would want to share with everyone. Some of these places can be a little out of way and you may not be able to cover these along with the regular places that one would visit as a tourist. Similar to the last blog, most of these place are free to enter and you can stay as long as you like.
1.Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Located in Bishan, at 75,470 sq mts, this is the largest monastery in Singapore. It was built in 1921 as a place for practicing Dharma for the monks who came to Singapore. You can explore the place on your own or the Monastery conducts heritage trails/guided tours as well. It consists of various worship places inside like the Hall of great compassion, Hall of great strength, Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas among others. There are some lovely gardens here; water ponds to relax and meditate. And if you have the time, you can also sign up for their various volunteering program.
Came across these cute baby Buddhas which forms part of the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas.
This link (https://www.kmspks.org/ )has all the details of how to reach this place. You can get down at Bishan MRT and take the bus/taxi to reach here.
Also known as Xiao Guilin, this was earlier a granite quarry and was named so due to its similarity to the Guilin in China. The quarry and the surrounding areas form part of the Bukit Batok town park right in the middle of the busy streets of Bukit Batok.
The granite rocks inside the lake make for a beautiful landscape to either walk along the banks of the lake or just sit there on the small rocks .Lots of trees in the area which make it a cool and shaded place at any time of the day.
You get down from the Bukit Gombak MRT and walk towards the Bukit Gombak stadium. The stadium and town park is right next to the MRT so you cannot miss it.
There used to be a forest trail here earlier, but this has been closed down for quite some years now due to landslides. However people do still explore the trails on their own even today.
3.Raffles Marina/Johor Strait Lighthouse
Raffles Marina is a yacht and country club situated in Tuas, the westernmost point of Singapore. The club overlooks the Tuas Second Link, Singapore’s second causeway to Malaysia. The Johor Strait Lighthouse also known as The Raffles Marina Lighthouse sits at the end of the pier of this Club. You can walk into the Club and come out through the other side to the pool area. When you walk across the pool area and you will then come to the deck or the promenade area where a number of yachts will be standing makes a beautiful picture. The promenade or the deck is not a long walk but it is extremely windy- mind your hats!
The place is easily accessible by car/ taxi, but a bit difficult if you try coming here by public transport. Take bus no 182M from Joo Koon MRT (This is the only bus which goes that way). We did see a Tuas MRT being constructed and so getting to this place may be much easier very soon. 🙂 There is a shuttle service to the nearest MRT stations, however we are not sure if it is restricted to members of the club.
4. Pandan Reservoir
This reservoir sits on the mouth of Sungei (river) Pandan and is nice and peaceful. Take a stroll, jog or cycle along the track; sit and admire the setting sun; or just get into your fishing gear and catch some exotic fishes here. There’s something for everyone.
Fishing is permitted only at two designated fishing jetties and generally the “catch and release” technique is encouraged here as a means to conserve the aquatic bio-diversity. Our suggestion would be to go there in the morning or evenings as the place gets very hot during afternoons and there is no shade anywhere nearby. You can get here by taking buses from the Jurong East MRT.
5.Selfie Coffee at Haji lane
This was a very exiting one…having your face printed on coffee!! Small cafe in Haji lane, this one should not be missed.
Take a selfie and give it to the lady behind the counter and voila! In a few minutes you see this:-
PS-Although you go in for the picture,the coffee was amazing too! The Selfie Coffee serves some great deserts as well.
At the 56th level of the ION shopping mall,ION SKY is an observation deck giving a 360 degree view of Orchard Road and surrounding area of the city during day time.The place is open from 3 pm to 6 pm only and entry is free. Go to the 4th floor of the shopping mall, enter the free art gallery called ION Art. There is a separate lift lobby which will take you up to the 56th level.
There are still cameras /kiosks kept at all places. If you point these at a particular area, it will display information about that place. There are also lovely sayings, poems and information written on the glass walls which look very pretty.
This is open for public only from 3 pm to 6 pm daily. You can also dine at the Salt Grill & Sky Bar located here.
7.MAAD at The Red Dot Museum
Looking for something to do at night but not in the mood to party? Head out to the Red Dot Museum which hosts the Market of Artists And Designers [MAAD] every 1st Friday of the month. You can find local artists here displaying their stuff and we bet you would not go empty-handed.
You can buy accessories,handbags, cards, trinkets,food,juices and so many quirky things on display.The exhibition starts from 5pm and goes on all the way up to 12am.There is an in-house restaurant as well if you want to take a break and just relax. Red Dot Museum – MAAD
8.Esplanade and Makan Sutra
Another night-time activity we would suggest is coming to Marina Bay and enjoying the entire area lit up. Walk across the Helix bridge and click pictures with the Merlion.
Catch some free shows and concerts outside the Esplanade. Go up to the terrace of the esplanade and enjoy a nice picnic on the garden with the entire city in view. Or have some yummy hawker style food at Makan Sutra- Gluttons Bay, which is hugely popular for its crab, stingray and other seafood. As the name suggests a Glutton’s paradise.
9.Henderson Waves at Night
In our previous blog, we had shown some pictures of the Henderson Waves during the day. Well this trip was done during the night and it was equally stunning and beautiful as day time. The LED lights on the deck just bring a magical illusion to the whole place and you are left mesmerized by its beauty. We just sat there for about an hour gazing at the stars and clicking some fun pictures.
The lights are lit from 7pm to 7am.You can hike through Mount Faber to reach this place or reach the bridge by taking a bus which stops right next the steps leading to the Henderson waves.
So many things to see and do in this Country.All you need is some time!