Off the Beaten Path

There are some unique experiences as well as places in Singapore that even some residents don’t know are there. From hot springs to green corridors, continue reading to learn where to discover a piece of bona fide regional life in Singapore. As well as the faster you go, the far better, as Singapore changes so promptly you never understand when you could blink and miss out on something.

Check out Bukit Brown Cemetery

Home of nearly 100,000 graves, Singapore’s earliest burial ground has numerous sophisticated Chinese-style tombs as well as headstones. Many of Singapore’s earlier pioneers are buried right here and the earliest recognized headstone goes back to 1833.┬áDeserted in 1973, the burial ground continues to be a rich, thick sanctuary. It’s huge by Singapore requirements, at 0.86 SQ km in dimension. A concerted effort has been made by the locals to keep it from bring redeveloped. Take an early morning stroll with the premises for an extremely non-Singaporean encounter, and also converse with the resident caretaker. If you ask perfectly, he could explain the graves of remarkable citizens such as the grandfather of Singapore’s initial head of state Kuan Yew, Lee Hoon Leong (1879-1942), and of Gan Eng Seng (1844-1899), that established the Anglo-Chinese Free Institution in 1885 offering free education to the children from low-income households. My Canadian friend, Barbara, from would especially love this place since she enjoys hiking through unique cemeteries!

Go to among Singapore’s last kampongs

The kampong (town) at Lorong Buangkok, as if willed into existence from an old black-and-white picture from the 1950s, is mainland Singapore’s last spot of resistance against the tide of contemporary growth. Hidden behind a wall of trees, a dozen or so families that call this small swathe of land lived a completely straightforward presence, similar to their forefathers carried out in days gone by. For in this place, the locals leave their doors open, chickens run all over town weaving in and out of buildings, and the dogs sit on porches using their ears to flick away flies.

Walk Singapore’s verdant railway

In July 2011, when the 23km-long train line was shut down that went from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, the residents decided to embrace the abandoned route along the tracks as a fantastic area to get away from the bustle of the streets and stretch their legs . The course goes throughout train line bridges and through parcels of Singapore’s lovely and priciest real estate. It starts near the CBD and also winds its way northwest. While there’s still discussions regarding exactly what will come to be of the land, a passionate grassroots movement is seeking to establish exactly what has currently become known as Singapore’s Environment-friendly Corridor into a permanent public space. A non-elevated version of New York City’s High Line, if you will.