The Best of the West
“West, got anything to do meh?”
The answer is yes. If you dig hard enough, the west can be as entertaining as anywhere else in Singapore. Central Singapore is known for its glitz, the North for its animal kingdoms, and the East for its scrumptious food, so what in Singapore is there for us Westies?
From stargazing in planetariums to delicious satay to secret beaches, the West is actually home to many of Singapore’s lesser-known gems. Here, we’ve come up with a list of 23 things you never knew you could do in the West.
All you Westies will never have to travel further than an inch from your neighbourhood for interesting things to do again!
1. Play Baseball at Singapore's First Indoor Batting Cage
Channel your inner Babe Ruth for a day when you visit Homerun Baseball. You'll need to wear covered shoes, but all other equipment will be provided - just wear something comfortable! With the option of either pitching or batting, you can mix it up a little with your friends.
If you're concerned about safety, don't be. The machines are specially imported from Japan and you'll be safe as long as you stand within the designated area. There are different machines that pitch the ball to you at different speeds depending on your skill level. It was our first time ever batting but the staff were super helpful and guided us!
Address: 200 Pandan Gardens #01-01/02/03/04, Singapore 609336
Opening Hours: Mon - Thu: 1:00pm - 11:00pm | Fri: 1:00pm - 1:00am | Sat: 9:00am - 3:00am | Sun: 9:00am - 12:00am
2. Tuas Secret Beach
Tuas has a secret beach! And it has clean, powdery sand and tranquil waters. The journey here is guaranteed to be pleasant. Picture your lone car cruising down long, winding roads, large fields that seem to have no end, and lalangs adorning every patch of green. Hardly anyone comes here, so it’s an ideal place for a romantic road-trip!
Even though the backdrop of industrial vessels and ships gives this place an almost dystopian feel, there’s an odd sense of beauty that is satisfyingly calming.
Address: Tuas South Avenue 4
3. Visit Kranji War Memorial
Kranji War Memorial is dedicated to the men and women all over the world who died defending Singapore from the Japanese in World War II. With a heavy air of dignity and pride, the graves of 4,458 allied servicemen lie in neat rows on the green pastures.
If you ever want to take a moment to thank these war veterans for their contributions, or are searching for some quiet and serenity, pay a visit to Kranji War Memorial. You are likely to find some solace.
Address: 9 Woodlands Road
Kranji War Memorial opens from 7am - 6pm and is a 1km walk from Kranji MRT Station.
4. Ice Skate in Singapore's Only Olympic Sized Ice Rink
If you're tired of perspiring in Singapore's humidity, grab some friends down for some ice skating fun in Singapore's biggest ice skating rink at JCube. And if the words "ice skating" terrify you, don't worry as you'll be able to rent cute seal, penguin, or snowman aids to help navigate your way across the ice.
Relive your childhood as you try to imitate your favorite Disney on Ice characters... or laugh at your friends as they do their best impressions of Dumbo the elephant on ice. Admission starts at $14 for a 2-hour session.
Address:2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: Please refer here
5. Zorbing at Old Holland Road
I’ve always wondered how it would feel like to play in a gigantic human hamster ball, but little did I know that it can be done in the West!
ZOVB Singapore offers hydro-zorbing, harness-zorbing and free-form zorbing, all of which will guarantee you having a ball of a time. ZOVB conducts its programmes on the large open field along Old Holland Road, and prices range from $35 for students to $50 for adults.
Please make advanced bookings before coming down. Find out more details on their website here.
Address: 785 Old Holland Road
6. Kayaking @ Jurong Lake (Under Renovation)
Water-Venture (Jurong Lake) is currently undergoing renovations.
Jurong Lake is a lovely place to kayak. Allow the soft breeze to ruffle through your hair as you paddle down the calm lake, past elegant Chinese pagodas and bridges.
Water-Venture is the only water sports centre in the West, operating at Jurong Lake. Besides kayaking, dragon-boating is on the list of activities conducted here too!
Address: Jurong Lake Park
Opening Hours: 09:30 - 18:00
Find out more details on their website here.
7. Jurong Eco-Garden, CleanTech Park
Jurong Eco-Garden is a breath of fresh air, where the working community and residents can take some time to rejuvenate in nature.
Located in CleanTech Park, Singapore’s first eco-business park, Jurong Eco-Garden boasts such a vast array of unique wildlife that you’ll almost start to wonder if you’re in a lush, tropical jungle.
Address: 1 Clean Tech Loop, Singapore 609434
Check out JTC's map for directions here.
8. Visit the Lim Chu Kang Jetty and Kelongs
UPDATE: This place is no longer open to the public. Trespassers will be arrested.
Along the North-Western coastline of Singapore lies the rustic Lim Chu Kang Jetty. It was here where the Japanese made their first invasion attempt on Singapore in 1942, resulting in heavy bloodshed.
Today, you can take in the sights of the Johor Strait as you stroll down ramshackle wooden bridges, take a nice, quiet boat ride to the floating kelongs, or try to spot the lonely pier-house from the jetty.
Nicknamed “The Pier”, the house sits precariously on wooden stilts above the swampy waters and used to belong to the wealthy Irish Cashin family. The URA has made plans to restore the house and turn it into a recreational spot, so in due time you can go forth and explore!
Lim Chu Kang jetty also made it to our list of the most Instagram worthy places in Singapore.
Address: 695 Lim Chu Kang Road
9. Stargaze at The Observatory, Omni-Theatre
I could hardly contain my excitement when I found out about free stargazing sessions at our very own planetarium in Jurong! I’ve always been fascinated by outer space even though I hardly understand anything about it.
With the Science Centre running these stargazing sessions and the Astronomy 101 Series (a series of astronomy talks introducing newbies to the basics of stargazing), there’s no reason for me or any of us to stay ignorant.
Stargazing sessions are held every Friday from 7.50pm - 10pm at The Observatory, in the Omni-Theatre Building. The Astronomy 101 Series is held on the second Friday of every month at 8pm and 9pm, with each talk lasting about 20 minutes. It is absolutely free and no registration is required, so it’s time to unleash that astronomy geek in you!
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Telephone: 6425 2500
10. Reflections at Bukit Chandu
Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a World War II interpretive centre, honouring the heroism of the 1,400 soldiers from the Malay Regiment who stood up against a 13,000-strong Japanese Army in the Battle of Pasir Panjang.
The serenity of this place makes it almost impossible to believe that one of the fiercest battles in Singapore history took place in the area. The reality of the horrific violence and low regard for human life will slowly sink in as you explore the compound and feed your knowledge, making this place ideal for reflection and inspiration.
Address: 31-K Pepys Road
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am - 5.30pm
Admission for Singaporean Citizens and PRs is free.
11. Discount shopping at IMM - Singapore's Largest Outlet Mall
Many of us have grown up thinking of IMM as a furniture mall, so imagine my colleague's surprise when he was there last year and saw that it's full of outlet stores of famous fashion brands! They have completed re-invented themselves as a fashion outlet mall, with close to 60 outlet stores at IMM offering discounts of up to 80%. Some brands include:
- agnès b.
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Nine West
Free shuttle buses are available from JCube and Westgate. Check out their full list of stores here.
Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601
12. Visit the Army Museum
The Army Museum of Singapore (ARMS) is one fun place to visit. My college celebrated last year’s national day here, and my classmates and I had a ball of a time taking pictures with tanks, having our faces painted, and learning more about the compound and its operations.
ARMS aims to pay tribute to its NSmen and all who have contributed, and to preserve the heritage of the Singapore Army. Here, you can learn how it was like to be in the SAF in the 60s to the 90s, with personal anecdotes to make the experience even more impactful.
ARMS is located in the SAFTI Military Institute, near to Singapore Discovery Centre.
Address: 520 Upper Jurong Road
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 6pm.
Admission is free for all Singaporeans and PRs.
13. Amped Trampoline Park @ Jurong
The first indoor trampoline park in Singapore, Amped Trampoline Park, recently opened its second outlet in Jurong East. Have a bouncing good time with your pals as you jump on 5,000 sq ft of trampolines, somersault into foam pits and defy gravity on the parkour walls.
Address: 200 Jurong East Ave 1
You can check their opening hours on their website. Amped Trampoline Park has capacity limits, so be sure to book online or check the timeslot availability if you plan to walk in.
14. Bring the young ones to largest outdoor themed park in a mall!
With a larger-than-life fantasy garden theme, Westgate Wonderland is a 11,000 sqf playground located on the 4th floor of Westgate. There are different play areas catering to different age groups from 2 to 12, and also an interactive wet play area.
When it gets dark, Westgate Wonderland gets transformed into a different universe for the kids, with special lighting and sound effects creating new adventures for them to explore. Best of all, admission is free.
Address: #04-00, 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532
15. Affordable and Ever-changing street shopping at J.Avenue
If shopping’s your kind of thing, a must-visit is JCube’s new retail zone on Level 2, J.Avenue, which boasts a diverse selection of chic and affordable merchandise in a hip street shopping environment. Best buys of fashion, fashion accessories, shoes, bags, cool gadgets from more than 80 shops await.
There are also small bites available if you get hungry. Be inspired by J.Avenue’s vibrant street shopping ambience, which features interesting fixtures and trick art installations that serve as the backdrop for fun photo opportunities.
Address: Level 2, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
16. Memories at Old Ford Factory
The very place where the historic surrender of the British to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 took place, happens to be right behind my house. Previously Ford’s first motor car assembly plant in Southeast Asia, the building is now a World War II exhibition gallery and repository.
The lives of Singaporeans under Japanese Occupation are vividly captured in the exhibitions, serving as a continuation from the one on the last battles fought at Bukit Chandu. With so many museums in the West dedicated to the WWII, us Westies should be experts on the subject already!
Address: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588192
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 9.00am – 5.30pm, Sundays: 12 noon to 5.30pm
Admission is free for all Singaporeans and PRs.
17. Feast on Duck Pizza @ The Tea Party Cafe
Yes, you heard me right. There is good roast duck pizza right here in the West! The plum sauce is tasty and tangy, and the outer layer of the roast duck gives that perfect crunch.
The Tea Party Cafe is nestled comfortably in the heart of Bukit Timah. With board games, magazines, and plush sofas to lounge on, it’s a great place for you and your friends to kick back, bond, and enjoy this interesting slice of goodness.
Address: 805 Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30 - 00:00, Fri - Sat: 11:30 - 01:30, Sun: 11:30 - 00:00
18. Visit OUR Museum @ Taman Jurong
OUR Museum @ Taman Jurong is the first community museum in Singapore. It showcases works from our national collection, and artworks co-created by schools, residents and volunteers in the community. I love the idea behind this museum; how it’s inclusive and encourages the creative expression of the community.
OMATTJ is currently located at an interm site within Taman Jurong Community Club.
Address: Taman Jurong Community Centre, 1 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore 618495
Telephone: 6265 1711 (Taman Jurong CC) or 6332 7819 (National Heritage Board)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri:3pm-9pm Sat:10am-9pm, Sun:10am-6pm
19. Jurong East Swimming Complex
If you’re tired of massive queues and being sandwiched between wet, chlorinated bodies, but want to have a splashing good time at the waterpark, you are one lucky person to be staying in the West.
With a giant wave pool, a snaking lazy river, a jacuzzi, a bubble jet station and thrilling slides every colour of the rainbow, you’ll never have to make that long dreaded journey to Wild Wild Wet in the East or Adventure Cove in Sentosa again! Wait, it gets better - the price for entry here is less than a tenth compared to either of those places.
Address: 21 Jurong East Street 31
Opening Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun: 8am - 9.30am, Wed & Sat: 6.30am - 9.30am
Admission: $0.80–2 per entry
20. Chai Ho Satay @ Clementi Food Centre
The satay here is one of the best in the whole of Singapore - my whole family swears by this! The meat is succulent and unleashes bouts of juicy barbecued flavour with your first bite. The peanut sauce is sweet and chunky, making for the perfect combination.
It is super cheap, priced at 42 cents per stick. Be prepared for long queues! Cheap and tasty food rarely comes easy.
Address: #01-10, Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, Clementi Food Centre
21. Teck Hin Fried Beef Hor Fun @ Ghim Moh Market
Just look at that thick, heavenly gravy! The Teck Hin Fried Beef Hor Fun is one of the tastiest in Singapore. The hor fun is fried in batches every 5 minutes so it is hot, fresh, and ready to be devoured.
The beef is tender and juicy and fish is fresh. Also, portions are big and each wok hei-filled plate only costs $5! Once again, expect long queues. I told you cheap and tasty food never comes easy!
Address: Ghim Moh Food Centre Blk 20, Ghim Moh Road #01-44
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 8.30pm. Closed on Mon
22. Jurong Abandoned Railway Line
Everyone knows about the railway tracks leading up to Bukit Timah Railway Station, but few have bothered to explore the railway line at Jurong. Railroads in the west may not be as picturesque, but the tracks at Jurong seem more abandoned and dilapidated, heightening that invigorating sense of adventure.
There are various tunnels to explore, and they all look like mini forests are growing out. The more recognizable truss bridge is great for photo opportunities, so the next time you feel like exploring and photographing railway tracks, forget about the overcrowded ones at Bukit Timah. Explore the ones in Jurong instead!
The railway line branches out from Bukit Timah Railway Station to Shipyard Rd and Jurong Port through Teban Gardens. The truss bridge is located above the Ulu Pandan Canal.
23. Admire the View from Jurong Hill and Stroll through the Garden of Fame
Perched on the top of Jurong Hill is a tired, old tower which looks like it hasn’t been in contact with civilisation for years. However, don’t let its looks fool you. Muster enough willpower to climb to the top, and you will be rewarded with an aerial view of Jurong Town.
The compound is also home to the Garden of Fame, where foreign dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, Ferdinand E. Marcos, Suharto, and Deng Xiaoping planted trees.
Find out more about Jurong Hill Park here.
Address: Jurong Hill
Go Forth and Explore!
With so many fun and interesting ideas, we hope that all you Westies will never find yourselves complaining about lack of things to do in your neighbourhood again. Whether you’re a history buff, a thrill seeker, avid explorer or a foodie, there’s something for each and every one of you!
In fact, recently some first-time tourists were given an all-expenses paid, 4-day trip to Singapore with one condition: they could only visit the West side of Singapore. The novel idea was one thought up by SingaporeWest.sg to put Singapore on the map not just for Orchard Road and Sentosa, but also for more heartland attractions.
They had an excellent time in Singapore, go-karting, canoe-poloing, rock-climbing, brewery-touring, and trampoline-jumping. On top of that, they also enjoyed delightful local food and had as great a shopping experience as any other tourist. Check out some videos of their adventures, which are part of their "My Singapore West Adventure" experience:
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