Secret spots in Singapore that are free

(And if they are worth visiting)

6 secret spots in Singapore that are free
6 secret spots in Singapore that are free
28 May 2018

6 secret spots in Singapore that are free

You’ve heard of secret spots in Singapore that you can go to escape the crowd, you know, Instagram-worthy places to take artsy shots and #OOTDs, or somewhere just to have a chill and quiet time, and experience a different side of city. But are these gems really worth visiting? The ShopBack team explored 6 lesser-known attractions to find out.

Orchard Central Roof Garden
Orchard Central Roof Garden
28 May 2018

Orchard Central Roof Garden

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

With its charming sculptures and lush greenery, the secret garden atop Orchard Central is a welcome treat from the busy streets below. The garden can easily be accessed by taking the lift to the 11th floor and followed by the escalator to the rooftop. After an incredibly satisfying buffet at Kiseki, the refreshing view of the Singapore skyline accompanied by a background of fluffy clouds was definitely a welcome treat! Since there isn't much to explore or do at the garden, we recommend just taking a walk around to admire the scenery while snapping some selfies with the natural sunlight and amazing view.

Is it worth visiting? No harm heading up there if you’re in the area.

Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Kampong Lorong Buangkok
28 May 2018

Kampong Lorong Buangkok

Address: 7 Lor Buangkok, Singapore 547557

At the top of our “secret Singapore” list is the Kampong Lorong Buangkok, the last surviving kampong in Singapore. Once bordered by shrubs and greenery, the kampong, which is a throwback to Singapore's past, is now surrounded by modern developments and BTO flats towering over the laidback neighbourhood. The kampong has been slated to make way for a major road and schools, so visit before it vanishes.

Is it worth visiting? Definitely, if you want to get a feel of kampong life in Singapore.

The Animal Resort
The Animal Resort
28 May 2018

The Animal Resort

Address: T81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm daily

While the Animal Resort is not the most accessible place, I recommend all animal lovers pay this place a visit. There's no admission fee here but you are encouraged to purchase animal feed to get up close to the residents. PIN Number, the resort’s only horse, is the first animal you’ll see when you arrive. Shout its name and it will come sashaying towards you after it’s done grazing. Other animals at the little zoo include free-roaming geese, chickens, rabbits and even peacocks.

Is it worth visiting? A big fat yes for all animal lovers!

Bukit Timah Railway Tracks
Bukit Timah Railway Tracks
28 May 2018

Bukit Timah Railway Tracks

Address: 5 King Albert Park, Singapore 598287

Here’s another not-so-secret spot that has been attracting shutterbugs. Stretching across Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road, the black iron railway bridge is a rare sight to behold in Singapore. The disconnected railway tracks and surviving infrastructure serve as a perfect backdrop for a rustic feel for your shoot. This place is pretty accessible with the nearest bus stop being just 2 minutes away. Instead of just going there for the 'gram, I highly encourage you to trek along the nature trail of Bukit Timah Greenway. At roughly 3 kilometres long, the trek is extremely manageable and would make for an excellent morning workout.

Is it worth visiting? Absolutely! This will be perfect for nature lovers and even photography enthusiasts.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
28 May 2018

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Address: 31 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925

I get it, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve isn’t such a ‘secret place’ since everyone knows about it, but despite this, it remains a rare oasis of calm in our bustling city state. The heritage park is peaceful and quiet, and the refreshing smell of nature, along with the chorus from the birds, induces serenity. It’s a great place to spend your morning, really.

Is it worth visiting? Totally. It’s the place to be if you want to be alone and clear your head.

Little Guilin
Little Guilin
28 May 2018

Little Guilin

Address: Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Singapore 650242

Bukit Batok Town Park, also known as Little Guilin, sits pretty in the middle of the northwestern side of Singapore. A granite rock within a lake, the park might seem a little ‘random’ and out of place, as though a hill was casually erected into the heartland instead of vice versa. 

Unlike the other spots on this list, it is not as secluded as we would like it to be. It is surrounded by apartment blocks and life in general, making it a central area for human activity. It’s a shame though, because Little Guilin exudes so much beauty and elegance when vacant.

Is it worth visiting? Depends. If neighbourhood parks are your thing, this one exceeds expectations but as a secret spot for local explorers, it’ll disappoint. So you’re better off heading somewhere more secluded.

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