Hidden Gems: Off-the-Beaten-Path Places in Singapore

Singapore is known for its iconic landmarks and popular attractions, but there are also hidden gems off the beaten path that offer unique experiences. Here are some lesser-known places in Singapore that you should consider visiting on a trip to Singapore.

Haw Par Villa:
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Haw Par Villa

Located in Pasir Panjang, Haw Par Villa is a theme park that showcases traditional Chinese folklore with a collection of over 1,000 statues and dioramas.

It’s a surreal and somewhat quirky place that offers a different perspective on Chinese mythology.

Kampong Buangkok:

Singapore’s last surviving village, Kampong Buangkok, offers a nostalgic look at traditional village life amidst the modern city.

Stroll through the narrow lanes, visit the wooden houses, and chat with the friendly residents.

Bukit Brown Cemetery:

Bukit Brown is one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore and is a peaceful oasis away from the bustling city. This historical cemetery is a peaceful oasis in the midst of urban Singapore.

The tombstones tell stories of Singapore’s past, and it’s a great place for a quiet stroll and to learn about the history of the island. It’s one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside of China. Guided tours are available to learn about the stories behind the graves and the people buried there.

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Kampong Buangkok

Coney Island:

A rustic and relatively undeveloped island, Coney Island is a nature lover’s paradise. You can explore the island on foot or by bicycle, enjoying its beaches, mangrove swamps, and diverse flora and fauna.

It’s a haven for bird watchers. Spot wildlife, and enjoy the tranquility away from the bustling city.

The Intan:

Tucked away in a residential area, The Intan is a private home-museum that showcases the owner’s extensive collection of Peranakan artifacts. It offers an intimate look into the Peranakan culture, and visitors can even enjoy a traditional Peranakan tea experience.

Gillman Barracks:
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Gillman Barracks

An art cluster set in a former military camp, Gillman Barracks is home to contemporary art galleries, cafes, and creative spaces.

It’s a unique blend of history and modern art, often featuring exhibitions and events.

Pulau Ubin:

Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin, a rustic island that feels like a step back in time.

Rent a bicycle to explore the island’s rustic charm, visit Chek Jawa Wetlands, and enjoy nature away from the city.

 

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