After much anticipation, the Sembawang Hot Spring is finally back and within a full-fledged park to boot. Besides housing the natural wonder that Singaporeans across generations have flocked to for a boost of well-being or just to chill out, the park also boasts photogenic spots and a cafe amidst lush greenery. Imagine having this right within your neighbourhood – definitely one of the many reasons to BTO in Sembawang.
We break down the highlights so you can plan your trip to the brand new Sembawang Hot Spring Park to the fullest.
For those who never paid a visit to the OG Sembawang Hot Spring, keep in mind that it was a humble naturally-occurring anomaly providing actual hot spring water to locals as early as 1908. Over 110 years later, here’s how Singapore’s very own natural wonder stands:
Talk about a major glow-up!
Still supplying the same goodness said to provide relaxation and a marked improvement to sleep quality and blood circulation, the hot spring is now channelled to a large “spa” area where park visitors can circle around and enjoy a dip.
At a toasty temperature of 40°C, soaking your bare feet in the water spells pure bliss.
Make a trip here to chill by the springs and enjoy a chat with your mates while soaking up the sun, but that’s not all you can do.
Bring some eggs and fill your own bucket or pail up with 70°C spring water from the main collection point, after which you’ll be able to whip up a batch of jiggly soft-boiled eggs for the whole squad. Very reminiscent of the common egg-cooking practice throughout hot springs in Japan!
Besides the sheer novelty of cooking real food in (A) a public park, and (B) an actual century-old hot spring which exists in Singapore, you can control the doneness of your egg based on how long you steep it in the water.
As a general guideline, 20 minutes or so will give you that glorious lava yolk with the egg whites still slightly runny.
Nothing quite like slurping up some freshly boiled eggs from a naturally-occuring wonder. Your concoction might even have a slight magical flavour unlike everything you’ve prepared in a kitchen!
Fret not about the hygiene levels, as there are cleaning zones on-site for all hot spring-goers to properly cleanse their feet before heading for a soak.
If crowds aren’t your thing, Sembawang Hot Spring Park has plenty of designated hangout spaces to rejuvenate in privacy. All you have to do is bring along your own bucket, foot tub or any appropriately-sized water receptacle in which to store hot spring water straight from the taps.
Not only do you get to avoid rubbing shoulders with strangers on particularly packed days, having a dip within more secluded areas while you’re surrounded by nature is a surefire way to attain peak serenity.
Besides the star of the show, Sembawang Hot Spring Park also boasts unspoiled nature landscapes which look straight out of a movie still.
Most Singaporeans lead a life of hustle and bustle where we barely get to break away from the hectic concrete jungle. Simply basking in fresh air, lush greenery and a hefty dose of vitamin D do wonders to melt your woes away.
Plus, the nature spots make for next-level photo backdrops!
Sembawang Hot Spring Park’s grand opening is no doubt a monumental event, especially for those who have been counting down with bated breath since the revamp was first announced.
Nearby Northies, as well as visitors from the rest of Singapore, can also head to Sembawang Eating House, a cafe within the park which serves up hearty local fare while you people-watch hot spring-goers of all ages and backgrounds. Think traditional brekkie in the form of eggs and toast, plus scrumptious laksa and nasi lemak to satisfy your post-soak hunger pangs throughout the day.
There’s also an educational corner delving into the science and history of just how an all-natural hot spring came to be on our Little Red Dot. Time to plan a family day trip to learn more about this iconic local landmark, right before experiencing its relaxing properties first-hand.
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Image credit: Sayang Sembawang
At once idyllic yet ultra happening with activity options aplenty, the newly opened Sembawang Hot Spring Park is just one of the many family-friendly hangout destinations in Singapore’s bustling Northern region. From glorious tze char restaurants to pretty cafes serving even prettier dishes, you could also consider it a foodie’s most well-kept secret.
Stay tuned to the latest happenings in the North by following Sayang Sembawang, which doles out regular updates on the who’s who and what’s what where this region is concerned.
This post was brought to you Sayang Sembawang.
Photography by Adria Tham.
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