Here are 12 things to see and do in Jurong. In the early 1900s, Jurong was uncharted territory, mainly dominated by swamps with low hills covered by shrubs and a thick jungle. And although Jurong is now known primarily as an industrial area, you’ll be surprised to know that there is still lots to see and do here, if you take some time to explore the area.
1. Take a stroll in the Jurong Eco-Garden
Jurong Eco-Garden (JEG) is the “green lung” of CleanTech Park (CTP), a place of respite for working community within the business park, the residential community in the vicinity and the natural wildlife that make up the unique ecology of the site. Situated at the centre of CleanTech Park, Jurong Eco-Garden diverges itself into four themes – Summit Forest, Wildlife Corridor, Stream Ravine and Freshwater Swamp Forest that intersperse with building parcels. Approximately 5-ha in size, it is the first development in Singapore to achieve the BCA-NParks Green Mark Platinum Award in the New Parks category. Location: 1 CleanTech Loop, Singapore 637141.
2. Have a picnic at the Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Step into the Chinese Garden which is a 5-minute walk from the Chinese Garden MRT Station (EW25), and you might just imagine you’re in ancient China! Built in 1975 and designed by Prof Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. On the way out, remember to cross the connecting bridge to the Japanese garden to see some zen gardens before heading home. Opening hours: 9am – 6pm daily. Entry is free.
3. See Our Museum @ Taman Jurong
Art has hit the heartlands in the first community museum in Singapore located at Taman Jurong Community Club in container-like structures, the space features works from local resident artists and the community. Address: 1 Yung Sheng Road Taman Jurong Community Club Jurong, West S618495. Opening hours: 3pm – 9pm (weekdays), 10am – 6pm (weekends), closed on public holidays. Entry is free.
4. Explore the defunct Jurong KTMB Railway Line
Many people have taken a walk along the green corridor but few have explored the now defunct Jurong Railway Line. The Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway from Malaysia used to have an extension branching out from the Bukit Timah railway station to Shipyard Road and Jurong Port via Teban Gardens. Many of the old tracks and tunnels are still intact – click here for map and photos.
5. See some feathered-friends at Jurong Bird Park
The largest bird park in the Asia Pacific Jurong Bird Park houses more than 9,000 birds of 600 different species worldwide. The aviaries are amazing – you can walk in different geographic zones and the space is huge. One of the aviaries even has a 30 m high man made waterfall. Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925. Opening Hours: 8.30am to 6.00pm daily. Entry: $25 (adult), $16 (child), $10 (Seniors).
6. Climb to the top of Jurong Hill
Jurong Hill (裕廊山) or Bukit Perepok has been known for it’s panoramic view of Jurong Town since 1971 and is a well known landmark. Atop the hill is a three-storey spiral lookout offering aerial views of Jurong, a Japanese and Indonesian restaurant. The park is also home to the Garden of Fame, so named for many trees planted by visiting foreign dignitaries.
7. Discover the two Nantah Arches
There are two Nanyang University arches in Singapore. The original Nanyang University arch structure is still stands along Jurong West Street 93 and was gazetted as a national monument on 18 December 1998. Since the redevelopment of the area, the original arch was cut off from the university campus grounds. A replica arch was built and unveiled on 17 May 1995, in the Yunnan Garden in front of the Chinese Heritage Centre on NTU Campus. Click here for map and more information about these two arches.
8. Visit the Singapore Discovery Centre
The Singapore Discovery Centre is an edutainment attraction that offers engaging exhibits for everybody, providing insights into what makes Singapore tick. Also check out the guided tours for the Permanent Exhibits Gallery as well as the SAFTI Bus Tour while you’re here! Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9am – 6pm, Closed on Mondays (Except Public & School Holidays). Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs.
9. Take a tour of the Singapore Army Museum
This museum aims to preserve the heritage of the Singapore Army, as well as honour the contributions and celebrate the experiences of our soldiers. The ARMS is located in the SAFTI Military Institute, near to Singapore Discovery Centre and is easily accessible by public transport. Address: 520 Upper Jurong Road Singapore 638367. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm, Closed on Mondays (Except Public Holidays). Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs.
10. Get nostalgic at the Clock-house Mosiac Playground
In 1988, playground designs based on children’s play themes were introduced to our heartlands, including a colourful clock, an old woman’s shoe house, fire engines and the fairytale character Humpty Dumpty. From these series, only two remain. One of which is located next to Blk 176 Boon Lay Drive. For a full list of existing mosiac playgrounds, check out this post.
11. Take a bike ride or run along the Jurong Park Connector
Jurong Park Connector starts from Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), near the Jurong West Street 42 estates. It creates a linear pathway lined with greenery for cyclists, joggers and even strollers. It stretches from PIE all the way to Ayer-Rajah Expressway (AYE), providing avid cyclists and joggers with ample distances and breathtaking sceneries.
12. Visit the Science Centre, IMAX Dome, and Snow City.
The Science Centre Singapore prides itself on making science an inspiring and exciting experience for people of all ages. The many interactive exhibits, housed in 14 galleries, cover a wide range of topics related to science, technology and mathematics. In 1987, the centre saw a significant expansion with the opening of Singapore’s first and only Singapore Omni-Theatre. Costing S$18 million, it has a 276 seat theater underneath a 23-meter tilted dome. In 2000, Snow City, a recreation of a -5 degrees Celsius environment in tropical Singapore was set up beside the Omni-Theatre. Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081.