In the past, Ang Mo Kio (AMK) was densely forested and filled with swamps. After the boom of the rubber industry in the late 19th century, settlers began flocking to the area, kickstarting urbanization.
Despite no longer being the wild, uninhabited landscape it used to be, Ang Mo Kio is still home to nature reserves like Ang Mo Kio Town Garden and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, while gaining and nurturing some of the usual urban haunts in cities.
If you’re ever in the area wearing your vagabond shoes, here are some of the places you should definitely stray to.
1. Dragon Playground
Back in 1978, the government began an initiative to add a little fun in different neighbourhoods, resulting in this heritage playground of which there are only 4 left. This playground is more than just a favourite of the local whippersnappers, but a historical fixture of the area.
Location: 570, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 560570
Hours: Daily – 24 Hours
2. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
One of the largest parks in Singapore, Bishan-AMK Park is definitely a must-visit even just for a light stroll. A lot of effort has gone into preserving the place, from the canal naturalization project to the rebuilding of Recycle Hill. It’s a great place for romantic dates or fun with family and friends. You can even bring pets!
Location: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569932
Hours: Daily – 24 Hours
3. Sidewalk Astronomy
Sidewalk Astronomy is a non-profit organization that holds its stargazing events for free, usually at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, doing what they can to solve the “too much light pollution” problem. While having postponed their activities a while ago, they are set to resume operations in 2022.
Location & Hours: You may check their Facebook page for updates on their events here.
4. Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club
You may have seen enough concerts in your life, but have you seen one performed by birds? Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club is a free concert held every day at the Ang Mo Kio Town Garden where enthusiasts can bring their birds to join the feathery chorus, and spectators can blend into the music. Every weekend enthusiasts can join in to compete with their soaring singers!
Location: Block 159 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560159
Hours: Daily – 6:00 am to 5:00 pm
5. Aramsa Garden Spa
Aramsa is just as they advertise—their 17 treatment rooms are each designed and come with an individual garden courtyard or outdoor bath area strewn with a multitude of plants. This award-winning spa offers a wide selection of treatments that, combined with the atmosphere full of foliage, will leave you feeling completely refreshed.
Location: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569932
Hours: Monday to Thursday – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm | Friday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
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