4 lesser-known attractions to check out in Singapore

Jun 02, 2019
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A trip to Singapore wouldn't be complete without visiting the magnificent Sultan Mosque. Source: Getty

The big spots to visit in Singapore are no secret — from the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay to the award-winning Changi Airport — but if you’ve already done a stopover on the island, you might be looking for less well-trodden attractions to check out.

The team at luxury hotel Parkroyal on Pickering have shared with Travel at 60 some of Singapore’s hidden gems that the locals probably don’t even want you to know about. Here are a few:

Sultan Mosque

A trip to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without visiting the magnificent Sultan Mosque, which is nothing short of enchanting.

Masjid Sultan, as it’s also known, is the oldest mosque in Singapore and is located at the heart of Kampong Glam. It was originally built in 1824 for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first Sultan of Singapore. The beautiful complex features two massive golden domes, while the outside is adorned in pastel shades of orange, cream and green.

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Malay Heritage Centre

The Malay Heritage Centre is a must-visit if you want to learn and explore the rich heritage and culture of the Malay Singaporeans. The museum, which was once the royal residence of the Malay sultans, houses six permanent galleries filled with historical artefacts, interactive multimedia and colourful exhibits.

After a visit to the Malay Heritage Centre, stroll through the nearby streets which are full of bespoke restaurants and cafes.

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Pasir Ris Park

There’s absolutely nothing better than spending all day among nature, and you can do just that thanks to one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets. Pasir Ris Park, a waterside park located in the eastern part of Singapore, is a great place for a fun, relaxing day out.

There are three main attractions here — a six-hectare mangrove forest, a kitchen garden, and a butterfly garden — all located close to each other. At the mangrove forest, you can take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk — you might be lucky enough to spot mud crabs, giant mudskippers or water monitors here.

The park is also a fantastic spot for bird watching, cycling or just simply hanging out. Grab your camera, picnic rug and take in the incredible views. 

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Changi Point Coastal Walk

Feeling adventurous? Head to Changi Point Coastal Walk and admire the rocky coastline and lush forest. There are six main sections on this boardwalk, including a spectacular creek walk, beach walk, sailing point walk, cliff walk, kelong walk and sunset walk, which allows you to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water. Try to explore them all if you have time!

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Have you been to any of these places before? Do you have your own hidden Singapore spot you loved visiting?

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