51 photographs taken in Singapore that will take you away from Singapore

4 01 2016

Singapore, in its 51st year of independence is sold to the world as an ultra modern metropolis and a shopping and culinary paradise. It is the icons of the new age, such as the futuristic looking Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, that now leap out from our tourist brochures and a common perception of Singapore is that it is one huge shopping mall. There is however much more to Singapore that goes practically unnoticed, including these 51 sights of Singapore that one would possibly not associate immediately with Singapore:

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(1) The woods at Upper Peirce Reservoir.

Terumbu Semakau in the moonlight.

(2) Terumbu Semakau, a patch reef off Pulau Semakau, in the moonlight.

Junk Island at low-tide.

(3) Pulau Jong, the last untouched southern island, seen at low-tide.

The beautiful setting in which the 'black and white houses' of Sembawang find themselves in.

(4) The green housing area of the former Naval Base at Sembawang.

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(5) The ‘spinning tops’ off Tampines Road.

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(6) The gateway into a lost world at the former Kampong Tengah in Sembawang.

The former Seng Chew Granite Quarry.

(7) The secret lake at Bukit Gombak (the disused Seng Chew Granite quarry).

The light at the end of the tunnel under Clementi Road.

(8) The light at the end of the tunnel to a lost world under Clementi Road.

A remnant of the western reaches of the line in an area now taken over by nature.

(9) The western reaches of the lost railway.

The intertidal zone at Tanjong Merawang looking out towards Merawang Beacon and Pulau Merambong.

(10) Tanjong Merawang, Tuas, with a view towards Malaysia and Indonesia.

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(11) The pier at Sungei Pandan.

Paddling through the watery forest at Sungei Khatib Bongsu.

(12) The mangrove forest at Sungei Khatib Bongsu.

More views of Beting Bronok at first light.

(13) The flats of Beting Bronok, a designated nature area off Pulau Tekong, seen at first light.

(14) A sandbar at the Terembu Pandan with a view to the container terminal at Pasir Panjang.

(14) A sandbar at the Terembu Pandan with a view to the container terminal at Pasir Panjang.

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(15) A tributary of Sungei Kranji, near the Jalan Gemala nature area.

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(16) A view across Terembu Pempang Laut, a submerged reef four nautical miles from Singapore’s southern coast.

A village house on Pulau Ubin.

(17) The last Malay kampung at Pulau Ubin.

The totems of the new age seen on Pulau Ular, from Beting Pempang, with the silhouettes of trees on Pulau Hantu in the foreground. Pulau Ular is an island that is now part of a larger landmass that has it joined it to Pulau Busing to its west and Pulau Bukom Kechil to its east.

(18) The petrochemical complex on Pulau Ular as seen from Beting Pempang (the silhouettes in the foreground are of trees on Pulau Hantu).

A sense of the space on the flat.

(19) The intertidal flats of Pulau Semakau.

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(20) The greens of the Bukit Course as seen from the western shores of MacRitchie Reservoir.

Masjid Omar Salmah, at Jalan Mashhor which was built in the 1970s and is now long abandoned by Kampong Jantai it was built to serve.

(21) The kampong mosque, Masjid Omar Salmah, at the site of the former Kampong Jantai.

The greenery that now surrounds the area.

(22) The magical (and some say haunted) Jalan Mempurong.

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(23) The western shores of MacRitchie Reservoir.

A very natural looking man made stream close to the area where a village, Kampong Beremban, once was.

(24) A stream at the former Lorong Halus landfill, close to where Kampong Beremban once was.

A stairway.

(25) A pre-war outpost on southern slopes of Pasir Panjang (Kent) Ridge.

The site of the Syonan Jinja where remnants of what was once South-East Asia's leading Japanese Shinto shrine is today an eerie yet peaceful spot. What is seen in the photograph is one of the more visible remnants, a sacred granite water trough for ritual purification.

(26) A trough belonging to the demolished Syonan Jinja Shinto shrine in the MacRithcie forest.

The wooded oasis that is now the grounds of the former Bidadari Muslim Cemetery.

(27) The wooded oasis found at the grounds of the former Bidadari Muslim Cemetery.

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(28) The sand store at the construction aggregates receiving terminal at Pulau Punggol Timor.

Little Guilin is an area of much beauty that some suspect hides several secrets.

(29) A view through the woods at Little Guilin.

Mangroves at Pulau Hantu.

(30) Mangroves at Pulau Hantu.

(31) One sister to another - across the channel between the two Sisters Islands.

(31) One sister to another – across the channel between the two Sisters Islands.

(33) The swimming lagoon on Big Sisters Island.

(32) The swimming lagoon on Big Sisters Island.

The last rural sundry shop, Tee Seng Store.

(33) The last rural sundry shop, Tee Seng Store. It has been in the hands of its proprietor, Mr Ang, for some six decades.

The angry glare of the gods of the new age.

(34) The illuminated towers of the petrochemical complex at Pulau Ular dwarfing the observer at the edge of the fringing reef at Pulau Hantu Besar.

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(35) A newly established Hindu shrine behind the Wei To Temple on Pulau Ubin.

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(36) A Tibetan Buddhist shrine at the Wei To Temple on Pulau Ubin.

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(37) A below ground shelter and storage complex at a 1930s 9.2″ gun battery.

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(38) The view up a deep escape shaft of a pre-war Command Bunker located some 20 metres underground.

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(39) Exposed parts of the Jurong Rock Formation seen on Pulau Jong.

The violin, Pulau Biola a.k.a. Rabbit Island close to the southern reaches of Singapore's territorial waters.

(40) The violin, Pulau Biola a.k.a. Rabbit Island close to the southern reaches of Singapore’s territorial waters.

(40) Tanjong Tajam on Pulau Ubin.

(41) The cliff faces of Tanjong Tajam at the western end of Pulau Ubin.

A sandbar at the Cyrene Reefs.

(42) A sandbar at the Cyrene Reefs.

(43) The calm before the storm - Lower Seletar Reservoir.

(43) The calm before the storm – Lower Seletar Reservoir.

(44) Light and shadow - Sembawang Shipyard and the Beaulieu Jetty.

(44) Light and shadow – Sembawang Shipyard and the Beaulieu Jetty.

(45) Bukit Brown Municipal Cemetery

(45) Bukit Brown Municipal Cemetery

(46) MacRitchie Reservoir near the Syonan Jinja.

(46) MacRitchie Reservoir near the Syonan Jinja.

(47) Remnants of the Jurong Line near Clementi.

(47) Remnants of the Jurong Line near Clementi.

(48) Another of MacRitchie Reservoir.

(48) Another of MacRitchie Reservoir.

(49) The Straits of Johor at Sembawang.

(49) The Straits of Johor at Sembawang.

(50) Masjid Petempatan Melayu at Sembawang and its 6 decade old rubber tree.

(50) Masjid Petempatan Melayu at Sembawang and its 6 decade old rubber tree.

(51) Changi Beach.

(51) Changi Beach.


 

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45 responses

4 01 2016
Limei Shimmen

Thanks Jerome for the compilation and sharing ! #11 didn’t know about it at all.

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks for visiting! Glad to share them. The river where #11 is has a few more surprises! 🙂

4 01 2016
Chang

Hi Jerome, can I know where is no. 6? Is it near no. 50?
In no. 46, are those concrete slabs also used to be a bridge to Syonan Jinja?

4 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Yes, no. 6 is close to no. 50. In the case of no. 46 – the concrete structure did not belong to the so-called Divine Bridge to the jinja. That was constructed of wood (see first image below). All that is left of it are some wooden stumps that can be seen when the water level is low enough (see second image).

The Torii Gate at the bottom of the stairway leading up to the Syonan Jinja seen in 1943 (Showa History Vol. 10: Pacific War Breaks Out、Mainichi Newspapers Company, uploaded to http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Shonan_Shrine.jpg).

[The Torii Gate at the bottom of the stairway leading up to the Syonan Jinja as seen in 1943 with the Divine Bridge in the background (source: Mainichi Newspapers Company)]

What remains of the Divine Bridge today - wooden stumps in the water that were part of the columns that supported the bridge.

4 01 2016
Chang

I know where is no. 50 and passed there several times but never knew where no. 6 is.
Can you tell me how to get to no. 6?
By the way, I was the one who ‘tumpang’ your car to Fort Serapong.

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Oh, didn’t realise that! How have you been? No. 6 is northeast of no. 50 in the direction of the sea.

9 01 2016
Chang

I just realised I posted the same question in your post https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-gateway-into-the-lost-world/
But I think I did not subscribed to the post and so did not know when you replied. I went 3 days ago and found it. Didn’t realised it was that near there even though I passed by the mosque many times.
Anyway, thanks and see you tomorrow.

4 01 2016
Sawitre Rai

Thanks for sharing Jerome.

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks for dropping by Sawitre Rai 🙂

4 01 2016
Susheel John

Hi Jerome, thanks so much for compiling and posting these. They are fantastic. I know or have been to a few of them but the rest are really eye-opening.

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Hi Susheel, most happy to do so! Thanks for the kind feedback and for dropping by 🙂

4 01 2016
Ryabykin Sergei

Great pictures, many thanks!
Would be nice to be able to enlarge them for details.

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks! Some are already in my Flickr album. 🙂

4 01 2016
Liew

Singapore has so many beautiful natural places, and I didn’t know what. Thank you for digging them out. Maybe u could try 360 x 180 degree panorama photo taking?

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

There are many more places to capture! Thanks for the suggestion – that is a thought! 🙂

4 01 2016
keropokman

Lovely lovely photos. So many places where I haven’t been!

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks keropokman … you need to get away from all that food! 🙂

4 01 2016
Teoh Yi Chie

Nice shots and composition!

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks! 🙂

5 01 2016
accsoleh

Thanks for sharing Jerome. Nice shot

8 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks for visiting! 🙂

5 01 2016
Diana Damiens

Jerome, I’m so glad that you shared these wonderful photos and places to be explored in Spore and neighbouring islands. During my last visit home in October, I only visited the greenlands and they are so refreshing for me to rediscover our homeland as it was instead of just commercial centres! Since my return to France, I spoke only of these places for the french to visit as and when they are next in Singapore. Do you sell your photos as postcards? If yes, where can my friends buy them for me?
Kind regards
Diana

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Diana! Sadly, we do not take enough notice of the beauty that is already there in Singapore. Glad that you have taken the time to rediscover that part of Singapore. I don’t sell the photos as postcards at the moment – but that is a thought! 🙂

5 01 2016
Francis Siew

The picture no. 22 reminds me of not too long ago ….

5 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Haha, yes, not too long ago … and the place is still as magical today. 🙂

5 01 2016
lekdjie mumet-ndhase.com

No.8 reminds me to Dream theater’s cover album

6 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

I googled that … yes it certainly does! 🙂

6 01 2016
silvakandiah

Thanks a lot Jerome. Brings back fond memories of my Scouting and army days.

6 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks for dropping by Silvakandiah. I am happy the photos bring those memories back for you. 🙂

6 01 2016
Juliana Giles

Thank you, lovely picture,some memories.

6 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Juliana. Glad that you find some memories in them 🙂

6 01 2016
Jonathan Ang

Amazing photos, thanks for sharing! I used to grow up looking at #44 when I was taken to Sembawang Park nearly every other day.

6 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Jonathan 🙂 #44 was where I spent many a night casting nets for crabs back in the 1970s and 1980s … brings back many wonderful memories for me.

6 01 2016
Rish

Hi may I know where #37 & #38 is?

18 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

#37 and #38 are at Mount Serapong.

6 01 2016
. (@onemanbrigade)

Wow so many interesting places that are not on the map.
Would be nice if you can make a Google Map to mark all these places 🙂

Otherwise, I’m really curious to know where is No. 37 and 38, whether they’re still accessible

18 01 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

#37 and #38 are at Mount Serapong, the escape shaft is in an area that is now locked up.

7 01 2016
Sue Low

Thank you sharing these photos. I will be visiting Singapore soon and would like to visit some of the places you’ve featured. In particular Sungei Pandan (11) and perhaps Pasir Panjang(25). Could you please tell me how would i get there?

1 02 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

You will have to kayak to get that view of (11) and (25) is only accessible during this walk (held annually):
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-pasir-panjang-commemorative-walk-2016-tickets-15371203684

10 02 2016
thila

Beautiful shots! This visit of mine here is accidental but I am glad I found this page. Real eye opener. Being local, some of the places in these pictures are never heard of.

3 03 2016
Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer

Thanks Thila, We’ve forgotten how beautiful Singapore can be.

20 05 2016
silvakandiah

Thanks Jerome for the fascinating and beautiful shots. Memories of scout and army days!

4 04 2016
Hira

I love the pics and I have never been to any except MacRitchie and have no idea how to locate all the others 😦
No one will believe its Singapore though!

22 02 2017
Irony

Thanks Jerome for sharing this. This is the first time I am hearing of some of these places.

9 07 2017
Valerie Craig

Thanks Jerome for continually posting such lovely photos of Singapore. Some provide wonderful Memories for me……particularly in this group Changi Beach where we often went on Sundays with my parents. I think I might have mentioned this before….Alec, Carol and Heather McRitchie, descendants of James McRitchie live along the shore from me in NW Donegal Ireland. Small world!!

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