4 Places in Singapore That Are Worthy to be “Lost” At | Traveling around Singapore is a truly unique experience. See the best places to go by train or by cab here.
Singapore is known as the smallest country in the world, yet every space of its 728,000 sq km total land area is teeming with life. The country is a melting pot of living heritages and blended culture. The polarities of these features give Singapore its distinctive character and appeal.
But the best part about travelling in Singapore is the ease of commute. The country is home to a highly efficient train network including SMRT lines that traverse the island. If you wish to travel by road, the SMRT cabs are just as efficient and have cashless payment options to ensure a safe and secure ride.
But don’t be a tourist in Singapore. Allow us to take you off the beaten path and find the hidden gems in these 3 amazing places worthy of being lost at.
Destination/Origin: Singapore Mile Zero
Train Station: Raffles
All mile markers start from this point. A large bronze coloured plate marks the spot for what is called the Singapore Mile Zero. The marker is hard to miss; it is embedded on the ground, right outside where The Fullerton Hotel stands.
Before the building’s present day function, it was called the Fullerton Building and was used as a municipal office complex, with much of its space being occupied by the General Post Office.
During the war, the building served as a makeshift hospital for wounded Allied soldiers. It wasn’t until after the war that it returned to its original function as a municipal office complex, and remained so until 1997 when it was purchased by a private company and converted into what is today known as The Fullerton Hotel. To commemorate the history of this place, they embedded the mileage marker on the grounds of this historic plaza, as it continues to be the starting point of all road distances in Singapore.
Destination: Punggol Waterway Terrace 1
Train Ride: Clark Quay to Punggol Station
Travel Time: 26min
SMRT Cab Ride: The Fullerton Hotel to Punggol Water Park
Travel Time: 20min
The Waterway Terraces is a representation of Singapore’s architectural prowess with a holistic take. During the modernisation era, the country started to build upwards, erecting buildings here and there, giving way to vertical living.
This method of expanding residential spaces is crucial to a small country like Singapore. However, earlier buildings were void of natural elements as these were chiefly designed as living spaces and nothing more.
But at the turn of the century and with the impacts of climate change, cities began to build with not just people in mind. Owing to their ethos and belief in a shared community, urban planners, builders, and architects paved the way towards creating spaces that thrive with greenery and are full of life.
Gone are the sterile old buildings and purely concrete walkways. Today, the Waterway Terraces is a preferred destination for joggers and cyclists alike. If there was a building worth taking pictures of, this building is definitely one of them. The place will surely let you in on a typical Singaporean day and catch a glimpse of the local life in a way that’s relaxing. Before heading off, go see the Punggol Mural Wall which is an ode to Gilbert Koh’s poem, “Accident”, which you’ll also find written on the wall.
Destination: Smith Marine Kelong
Train Ride: Punggol to Changi Point Station (to take a Ferry to the kelong)
Travel Time: 1hr 9min (multiple line transfer)
SMRT Cab Ride: Punggol Water Park to Changi Point
Travel Time: 15min
What’s a day of sight-seeing without capping it off with a nice, hearty meal. Due to rapid urbanisation in the country, many of the kelongs have disappeared but there are still a few that remain open up to this day. But even the ones that remain have faced modernisation, including the Smith Marine Kelong.
The Smith Marine Floating Kelong is the place to go for fresh seafood meals. Aside from being the first kelong in Singapore, it’s also Halal-Certified. And because it’s actually a fish farm, you can catch your own meal, which the kelong will happily prepare for you, so all you have to do is to sit back and relax as you enjoy the sea breeze and magnificent 360 views of the sea.
The aquaculture farm was built in 2006 and has been a local favourite since it opened its doors for fresh seafood dining.
Before heading to the kelong, make sure you have reservations and ideally, do so 3 days prior to your arrival. To get there, you’ll be hopping from one tram line to another until you reach the Changi Village Terminal. It only gets more exciting from there as you’ll be hopping into a boat next in order to reach the kelong itself. It’s a 15-minute boat ride each way, so make sure to factor that into your travel time.
Going around Singapore is such a wonderful experience, you’ll keep coming back for more. Aside from the clean and well-maintained surroundings, it’s very easy to see the different parts of the country using the train network.
It gives travellers like you an efficient and safe way to experience the country’s unique culture, conventional spaces, and quirky spots in a hassle-free way.
The country exudes an old-world charm that will leave you captivated and a modern vibe that never ceases to excite you. It’s like moving between two points in time and finding yourself in a uniquely enjoyable place at every turn. True to its moniker, the Lion City is roaring with life and you can experience getting around places, just like the locals do. It’s a real taste of the local life.