AMK Merlion Statues
Apart from being home to the lesser-known dragon playground, Ang Mo Kio also boasts its very own pair of Merlion statues. Commissioned by the Ang Mo Kio Residential Committee in 1998, they guard the carpark entrance for Blocks 216 to 222. Much smaller compared to the other tourist attractions, what they lack in height they make up for in storied history: these rebellious heartlanders almost got taken down as they infringed on the copyright and intellectual property owned by the Singapore Tourism Board. Luckily, the relevant governing bodies worked things out, and the statues ultimately got approved to continue keeping watch over the community.
AMK Town Garden East
If you seek a moment of Zen, head down to this scenic spot. Sitting just behind the MRT station is a green slice of heavenly calm: Ang Mo Kio Town Garden East. It is built on the site of a former rubber estate and kampong called "Cheng Sua Lai", which means "green hills interior" in Hokkien. These days, you'll still find rubber, cacao, and cinnamon trees around the park, with statues of rubber seeds and nutmegs scattered amongst them. And even though it’s smaller than the nearby Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, the five-hectare open space is nonetheless a great place for a gentle jog and a deep breath of fresh air.
AMK Town Garden West
We’re calling it – AMK Town Garden West is the most underrated green space in Singapore. Spread out over a 22-hectare hill, the park feels like a mini Botanic Gardens, minus the crowds. The most iconic feature here is the pair of 120-step staircases, which are majestically lined with palm trees and make for a great spot for Instagrammers and fitness aficionados alike. The lotus pond used to be a key attraction for photography enthusiasts but our residents share that it has been filled in recent years. That said, there are still plenty of scenic spots for spreading out a picnic mat, strolling through the forested area to admire flowering trees, or letting the kids have a field day at the adventure playground.
Ang Mo Kio Joint Temple
When Chinese migrants moved to Singapore, some of them settled in an area close to where Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 is located today. The village was called Kow Tiow Kio, which means "Nine Bridges" in Hokkien, and its inhabitants were mostly Hokkien or Hakka farmers. They had brought their religions with them, and various wooden temples were established in the vicinity. When the government began developing the Ang Mo Kio precinct in the 1970s, the villagers were resettled, and some of the temples combined to form a single site of worship. The joint temple that stands here today was refurbished in 2011, and comprises Kim Eang Tong, Kong Lim Kong, and Leng San Giam.
Ang Mo Kio scores an “A” in our books when it comes to integrating art into the heartlands. Those going for a jalan jalan session around the neighbourhood will spot murals dotted all over the estate. An old favourite is “Reminiscing Old Ang Mo Kio” by Mr Yip Yew Chong, located behind the Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre, which was created as part of the Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative in 2018 by the National Arts Council. For something more current, check out Mr Lee Kow Fong’s (aka Ah Guo) murals near Central Stage, which were painted in July 2020. Featuring adorable mask-wearing and flag-waving families and animals, the works are a celebration of the resilience of the community despite the challenges of the year, and a reminder to find joy in everyday life.
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Bedok Heritage Trail
While much of Bedok has been redeveloped to cater to modern lifestyle demands, Bedok and the East Coast is steeped in history of life by the beach—think fishing, beach parties, and even pirates on the high seas. While the Bedok we know today is a mix of HDB heartland, small but intimate condos, hidden sprawling properties and a reclaimed beachfront, you can still explore the Bedok of old through the Bedok Heritage Trail. The trail, curated by the National Heritage Board, includes 10 points that cover the architecture and lifestyle of old Bedok. While the area is undergoing redevelopment again, in preparation for the Thomson-East Coast MRT line, you can still explore each point on foot or bicycle.
One of Singapore’s longest jetties, Bedok Jetty is one of the most popular fishing spots in the country. That said, you’ll find all manner of people gathered here, from cyclists taking a break along their 42-km long Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network (ECPCN) Cycling Trail, to families looking for a scenic backdrop for the family portrait location shoot. This certainly is a specal place: there have even been sightings of dolphins here, though it's rare. The best time of the day to be here is the evening to watch the sunset and the horizon come alive with the lights from tankers that line our shores.
Chong Pang City Gateways
Chong Pang City was the first neighbourhood centre to be established in Yishun New Town in 1984. It was home to several shops owned by residents from nearby villages, but business became severely affected with the opening of Northpoint Shopping Centre in 1992. To remain competitive, the Chong Pang City Merchants’ and Hawkers’ Association decided to give the area a facelift, and commissioned a pair of Chinese-style gateways that continue to welcome residents and visitors alike. This entrepreneurial spirit lives on today as the Association partnered with Heartland Enterprise Centre Singapore in 2019 to launch thelocalmart.sg, a digital marketplace where retailers from the area were taught to sell their wares – from air-cons to durians – online.
Chong Pang Combined Temple
Completed in 1995, Chong Pang Combined Temple is exactly what its name suggests. It is home to five temples that were previously located in kampongs around the area, including Chin Kong Religion Fook Poon Tong, Hong San See, Hwa Poh Siang Tng, Kew Ong Yah, and Kwang Tee Temple. These places of worship showcase a rich tapestry of Chinese culture in Singapore. For instance, Chin Kong Religion Fook Poon Tong was traditionally visited by Hakkas, while Hwa Poh Siang Thng began as a shrine established by Teochews. Many of the original temples date back to the mid-19th century, and the Combined Temple remains lively during celebrations such as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival to this day.