Singapore is a bustling metropolis filled with modern skyscrapers and futuristic architecture à la those in sci-fi films. But beyond its stunning art galleries, world-class restaurants and over-the-top tourist traps, the city is also home to under-the-radar gems and off-the-beaten-track treasures. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and check out Singapore’s best-kept secrets. Some of them hiding in plain sight, right under your nose.
Raffles Marina Lighthouse
Journey to the far end of the north for a sight to behold. Located at the tip of our Raffles Marina’s breakwater, the charming 12-metre lighthouse overlooks the Tuas Second Link bridge, and lights the way for yachts navigating into and out of the marina. After soaking up the stunning scenery complete with the sea view and breeze, head to Raffles Marina Club and take a relaxing stroll along the promenade. While you’re at it, check out the luxe yachts docked at the marina.
Hampstead Wetlands Park
While The Oval at Seletar Aerospace is bustling with the brunch crowd, next to it is the tranquil Hampstead Wetlands Park. Though just a small pocket of green in the somewhat industrial area, the former marshland area has seen been spruced up so that it looks like a lush English garden with a pond – complete with lily pads – now. Though there are observatory decks and railings (so you don’t fall over!), the area has retained its rustic element and is not as ‘polished’ as other parks. There is a short trail loop you can take which will take you through the forested area and by the waterside. You can easily explore the place under 30 minutes but keep the peace – it’s a favourite haunt for birdwatchers in Singapore.
It’s been deemed as the most expensive haunted house in Singapore. But enter if you dare – ‘cos if you’re not spooked up by the supernatural, you can get caught by the law for trespassing. Nonetheless, it’s worth knowing that Singapore has an actual haunted mansion. The now-abandoned house is located in the deep woods of the Holland Road and Tyersall Road area. It was once occupied by a Sultan of Johor, but now remains empty and covered in vegetation and decay. What’s creepier is the fact that the spot is not charted on the map of Singapore and is, therefore, out of bounds.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Within the greater Seletar neighbourhood, you can find the remaining village in mainland Singapore, Kampong Lorong Buangkok. It’s situated precariously in the middle of new developments so its future remains uncertain. Take a walk through the small village and get transported back to a time when life was simpler in Singapore. Be respectful of course, these are people’s homes after all. If you wish to visit the kampong, do seek permission in advance from the landlord.
Taking a trip to Bollywood Veggies is already half the adventure done. Journey through Singapore’s countryside – that’s Kranji for you – and you might feel like you’re almost not in the country. You can’t miss the place with its cheeky green and yellow signs, lush plants and buzzy bistro. Upon entering take some time to follow the trail around the farm where you’ll see various fruit trees, vegetables, an irrigation pond, and plenty of banana trees (of different sorts!). Remember to be mindful of where you’re stepping, you might just chance upon frogs and ants crossing (there really is a path for ants in the compound). At the end of the trail, take some time to sit by the beautiful lotus pond at the end of the trail for a pocket of peace.