Singapore may be small but believe it or not, there are many hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Now that we can go out in groups of five, it's time to gather your loved ones for a trip outdoors! There's one place that you can momentarily escape to in Singapore - Telok Blangah Hill Park! Whether you're on a hike to exercise or taking a casual stroll through nature, this park is where to go for some new sights. With its blooming bougainvillaeas, you'll see shades of pink everywhere you go which are perfect for the IG feed. With a view of the flowers against the backdrop of the pretty skyline, you'll feel like you're temporarily away from Singapore while you're at the park ?
Where is Telok Blangah Hill Park?
Telok Blangah Hill Park is part of the Southern Ridges, which also comprises Mount Faber Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. Just a crossover on the Henderson Waves from Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park is situated at Telok Blangah Green, off Henderson Road, in Bukit Merah. It's a 2-minute walk from the Southern Ridges and you can also get here by trekking the Forest Walk – a 1.3-kilometre-long elevated walkway that links HortPark to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
How to get to Telok Blangah Hill Park:
By public transport: Take bus 57, 145, 175, 176, 195, 195a, 272, 273 and stop at Bus stop 14241, along Henderson Road and walk up along Telok Blangah Green or bus 120, 124 and stop at Bus stop 14331, along Telok Blangah Heights.
Things To See And Do At Telok Blangah Hill Park:
Get a workout in
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Even though there are many people who come here for picnics and photoshoots, don't let that stop you from doing your weekly workout here! For those looking for an early morning run, you can start from Henderson Waves and end at Forest Walk, although the park is also great for strolls and jogs. From admiring the beautiful skyline as you get across this 274 metre-long pedestrian bridge, you can end your workout with a stroll through Earth Trail at Forest Walk, which lets you cover the forest floor down under. You can also try the fitness equipment sets which the park has to offer!
Visit the Terrace Garden
From here, you can take in a breathtaking 360-degree view of Singapore. It's a popular spot for wedding couples and for photoshoots - both professional and casual! The Terrace Garden consists of a series of semi-circular terraces situated at the top of the park so you'll be able to take in new sights from here ?Surrounded by the pink bougainvillaea which blooms all year round, it's a pretty reminder of the beauty we sometimes take for granted in our very own city. Why not celebrate it with a group of friends in your own special way of capturing the moment?
Have a picnic
If you are looking for an outdoor picnic, the park is also well equipped with picnic tables and shaded by tall trees like the Eugenia, Alstonia and Rain trees. Don't forget to bring your light snacks and remember to dispose of trash properly after your meal! ?
Relax at the Therapeutic Garden
The Therapeutic Garden at Telok Blangah Hill Park was launched just last year! It's situated close to the hill forest so you embrace the peace and quiet in its natural setting. You can admire the lush greenery all around the garden with a loved one and restore your mental and emotional well-being in nature's biodiversity. After all, it is a nature park meant for healing and rejuvenating!
Visit the Alkaff Mansion
Many may not know the rich history this park has to offer. Since the early nineteenth century, this park has long been a place of gathering for trading communities. This is seen in The Alkaff Mansion which used to house a family of Arab traders who hosted parties for the social elite. It's now turned into a bar dining venue with beautiful European-style architecture and a Wildseed Cafe on its first floor. Though the bar and the cafe are not halal-certified, it won't hurt to check out the refined building that has stayed since the early days for a little history lesson on-site ?
Halal Food Nearby
Check out our guide to the halal food near Southern Ridges, which are just a short drive or bus ride away from Telok Blangah Hill Park. We've included a few here:
1. 786 Char Kway Teow
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Sat-Thurs; 12PM-8PM (Closed Fridays)
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, Bukit Merah Hawker Centre #01-28, Singapore 151115
2. Edmond Chicken Rice
Halal status: Halal-certified
Average price: $4
Opening hours: Tues-Sun; 10AM - 7PM (Closed Mondays, do check their Facebook for closure updates)
Address: 11 Telok Blangah Crescent, Telok Blangah Crescent Food Court #01-110, Singapore 090011
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Average price: $4
Opening hours: Tues; 10.30AM-9PM, Wed-Sun; 10.30AM-8PM (Closed Mondays)
Address: 2 Seah Im Rd, Seah Im Food Centre #01-45, Singapore 099114
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Opening hours: Daily 7AM to 7PM
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
You might not be able to travel right now but you can definitely take this time to explore new places in Singapore. If you haven't been to Telok Blangah Hill Park, add it to your list and start uncovering Singapore's hidden gems ?