Not convinced that Jurong is a cool place? We track down the coolest spots in the West side.
For those Easties out there, how many times have you stepped into the West side of Singapore, particularly Jurong? Many of us dread the commute all the way to the end of Singapore and compare it to Johor Bahru but trust us when we say that the heart of the West lies here. After this guide, we won’t be surprised if your next date involves a day out to explore this part of our red dot!
Be enveloped by lush greenery and sounds of nature (primarily bird calls) at the Jurong Bird Park. Introduced in 1971, this world-renowned park boasts some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon bird watching, and don’t forget your camera!
Chinese and Japanese Gardens
If you’re not one for birds but enjoy nature all the same, these gardens are just the place for you. The charming Chinese gardens are inspired by the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture, so you can expect tranquil waters and towering pagodas. Cross over the Bridge of Double Beauty to the Japanese gardens that have pruned greenery of equal beauty. Just strolling down these paths seemingly transports one to another world.
Chinese Gardens, 1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore 619795
Abandoned Jurong Railway Lines
Do you love discovering new (or in fact, really old) places? Many people are unaware of the Jurong Railway Lines, which have long passed its functional times. However, be it to traipse in the wild, explore the nooks and crannies of the defunct railway, or trying to look for a new backdrop for your #ootd’s, this place should definitely not be missed.
Starting point: Teban Gardens Market. Alight at Jurong East MRT Station and take bus 143 to the market.
Many know about Singapore Discovery Centre as a place to find out about the journey Singapore took to achieve what it has today, but not many are fully aware of the wonders the SDC holds. At the SDC, you can join movie screenings, enjoy 4D simulator rides and even pedal boat at the Discovery Lake! Check out their full list of attractions on their website.
This museum showcases the prowess of Singapore’s military. It also serves to commemorate the men and women who have contributed to the country. Spend a meaningful afternoon at this museum to find out how some people’s contributions and efforts has led Singapore to be what it is today.
Army Museum of Singapore, 520 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638367, +65 6668 0338, www.armymuseum.sg
Taste food from all over Asia at JEM
Even if you do not live in the West, I’m sure you’ve heard of Jurong East Mall (JEM). It’s a huge mall home to almost 250 stores! Besides shopping, JEM aims to provide visitors with a gastronomic adventure by dividing the mall into different sections to mimic different parts of Asia. Whether you’re up for some Korean, Japanese or Malaysian food, there’s something here for everyone.
Jurong East Mall, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, 608549, +65 6225 5536, www.jem.sg
Ice Skating @ The Rink
Hot day? Beat the heat at The Rink, Singapore’s only Olympic Sized Rink. Don’t worry if you can’t skate because you wouldn’t be the only one “ice walking”. This activity is guaranteed lots of fun and laughter. And, don’t be surprised if you wake up with a muscle ache the next morning!
Outlet Shopping at IMM
Many travel far and wide to shop for branded items at discounted prices. However, not many are aware that there is a huge outlet mall right in the West part of Singapore. It houses almost 60 outlet stores with some offering up to 80% discounts! You can expect to find stores like Furla, Adidas, Coach and Agnès B amongst others. Have we gotten your attention yet? Time to unite, shopaholics!