As our train network expands to reach previously harder-to-reach areas of the island, more and more places in Singapore are becoming readily accessible. Not only has it shortened commutes for those who work, but the growing number of train stops has also revealed hidden gems in parts of Singapore that only residents who live in that area will know.
Venture out with us as we suggest new MRT stops to explore or rediscover old (but gold) destinations conveniently situated along our train lines.
North: Toa Payoh
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Toa Payoh is a heartland estate located on the well-established North-South line, bustling with a rich community life. Named after the swampy area that it is built on; the town is the earliest prototype of Singapore’s housing estate and has played host to famous dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Head to HDB Hub’s LIVINGSPACE gallery conveniently located right above the MRT station to learn about the history and evolution of our public housing estates, or drop by beloved sites such as the Toa Payoh Dragon Playground or Toa Payoh Town Park. Hungry after a day of gallivanting? Enjoy hearty local fare at the Lorong 8 Hawker Centre or at the many kopitiams that dot the area.
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Alight at the Bayfront MRT station and you will be wowed by the instantly recognisable and iconic landmarks at every turn – from the soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel, majestic Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, the distinctive spiky shells of the Esplanade, all the way to the impressive Singapore Flyer and familiar figure of Merlion in the distance.
For things to do as a family, check out the highly interactive Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. Or simply take a stroll around the waterfront promenade to enjoy the beautiful city skyline.
East: Changi Airport
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Far at the eastern end of our island is the renowned Changi International Airport. A popular transit hub for travelers from all over the world, Changi is also a favourite destination among us locals with its glamorous blend of dining, shopping and seasonal fun activities.
The jewel in its crown is, well, Jewel Changi – practically a mini-city all on its own with plentiful food and entertainment options. Families can spend the day at its many attractions, with mirror and hedge mazes, suspended bouncing nets and unique playgrounds. Or just marvel at the breath-taking sight of the Rain Vortex – the world’s highest indoor waterfall that stands at 40 metres tall.
West: Beauty World & Hillview
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For families looking to get away from the crowds, head for the Upper Bukit Timah area. Get off at Hillview station and take a leisure hike through one of the many lush nature parks such as Dairy Farm, Hindhede and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or trek the Rail Corridor. There are many beautiful scenic old quarries located within the parks.
Drop by the old Ford Factory to learn about Singapore’s WWII history and finish off your adventure at the Beauty World area which boasts a whole array of food options with eateries, hawker centres and cafes to choose from.