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Singapore/Jurong

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The Jurong part are the city's hinterlands and consisting of jungle dotted with public housing blocks and a significant industrial area in the reclaimed area of Tuas. In addition there is a reclaimed island, Jurong Island, made from the merging of 7 previously smaller islands.

Geography[edit]

Jurong East - A vibrant area slated to become a suburban CBD as part of the Jurong Lake District masterplan. The constituency of Yuhua is here, as is IMM, a mega factory outlet mall. Also home to JEM and Jcube, and the upcoming Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Jurong West - There are several areas - Hong Kah (Jurong Green and Jurong Spring), Boon Lay, Taman Jurong, Pioneer, Nanyang (Nanyang Technological University) and Gek Poh Ville.

Jurong Industrial - Consists of Lok Yang, Gul, Pasir Laba, Neythal, Jurong Port, Jurong Pier, Jurong Hill, Pioneer Sector, Toh Tuck, Kian Teck, Chin Bee, Jurong Island, Penjuru; merges into the Tuas Industrial area.

Jurong Lake - A man-made lake located between Chinese Garden and Lakeside MRT stations. Houses the Chinese Garden as well as Japanese Garden.

Jurong Island - Access to it is restricted to improve security against terrorist attacks since 2001 (9/11 terrorist attacks).

Get in[edit]

The East West Line starts from Pasir Ris and via Jurong East, Chinese Garden, Lakeside, Boon Lay, Pioneer and Joo Koon travels through Jurong. 60 minutes from Changi Airport (transfer at Tanah Merah Interchange), the North South Line takes 60 minutes to reach Jurong East MRT Station.

Jurong is well connected to the rest of Singapore by road, with Kranji Expressway linking them to the northern part of Singapore, Pan Island Expressway linking them to the Eastern part of Singapore and the Ayer Rajah Expressway linking them to the south-eastern part of Singapore. Clementi Avenue 6 and Jurong Town Hall Road complement the 3 expressways, topping off the well-built road connection from Jurong to all parts of the island.

The industrial area of Tuas is also home to the Tuas Second Link, at Tuas Checkpoint for travel onwards into Tanjung Kupang.

See[edit][add listing]

The sights of Singapore's hinterland can be easily divided in two: there's the zoo and the bird park, and then there's everything else.

Bird Park[edit]

Without a doubt the top three attractions in the area, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Bird Park offer joint tickets valid for one month: adult combination tickets to any two attractions cost $32, while all three are $45.

  • Jurong BirdPark, 2 Jurong Hill (Bus 194/251 from Boon Lay MRT), [1]. A 20.2 hectare open-concept park dedicated to, you guessed it, birds in all shapes and sizes. The Park specializes in birds from Southeast Asia and the more exotic and colorful tropical birds, and its collection of more than 8,000 birds from 600 species is among the largest in the world. The park is attractively presented and quite enjoyable even if you aren't a hardcore ornithologist. To ease the pain of slogging around in the tropical heat, you can circle the park with the Panorail monorail. It features the tallest man made waterfall, at 30 meters. $18/9 adult/child, monorail $4.  edit

Gardens[edit]

  • Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, next to Lakeside MRT. Free and nice for a walk and/or picnic. Also check out the tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Garden. $5 adult admission and $2 for leafy vegetables and food pellets let you get up close and personal with these wonderful creatures. Worth a visit during the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival (Sep-Oct, exact date varies), when the garden is lit up with tens of thousands of lanterns, including complex installations with moving figures based on themes ranging from Hello Kitty to Chinese folk tales. $4.50, but $13/9 peak/off-peak during festival.  edit

Other[edit]

  • Omni-Theatre, just beside the Singapore Science Centre. 10 AM-8 PM Tue-Sun. Omnimax movies and planetarium shows can be viewed on a tilted 23-meter-high screen. From Jurong East MRT, transfer to Bus 335 or walk 8 min from the station. $10/5 adult/child.  edit
  • Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, [2]. 10 AM-6 PM Tue-Sun. Set up to promote interest and learning in science and tecnhology through assortment of exhibits. There are more than 850 exhibits in the various exhibition galleries firmly aimed at younger children (6-10) and it is not possible to view all exhibits in one visit. There is also an interesting water park area near the front entrance. $6/3 adult/child.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, [3]. 10:30 AM-6:30 PM Tue-Sun. The first permanent indoor snow center in Singapore; interesting enough for residents of the tropics but probably not on the top of the agenda for pallid Europeans escaping their own winter. Sledding, snowboarding and other wintry pursuits, including the inevitable subzero bar. $12/18 for 1/2 hours.  edit
  • JCube Ice Rink, 2 Jurong East Central 1 (Jurong East MRT), [4]. The indoor snow center which is like Kallang Leisure Park, within an ice cube. It is to reflect light by day and sparkle by night $17.50 adult, $14.50 child.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, [5]. JCube is set to inject new excitement into the retail, dining and entertainment scene in Jurong East. Designed by Benoy, the award-winning firm behind ION Orchard, JCube boasts an iconic façade inspired by an ice cube. Like an ice cube, it is designed to reflect natural light by day and sparkle by night.  edit
  • Jurong Point Shopping Mall (Chinese: 裕廊坊), Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, 648886 (Boon Lay MRT station and bus interchange), 6792 5662, [6]. Jurong Point is the largest suburban shopping mall in Singapore and is located in Jurong West, Singapore. It is situated next to Boon Lay MRT station and Boon Lay Bus Interchange. Atop it sits a condominium complete with tennis courts and a swimming pool. Has a hypermarket Fairprice Xtra and supermarket Fairprice. Also houses Golden Village cinema. A plethora of shops and eateries render the need to leave Jurong virtually non-existent.  edit
  • Pioneer Mall (Pioneer Mall), Jurong West Street 61, Blk 638 (Bus 243G/W, 242, 192, 193), [7]. Pioneer Mall is a 4-storey shopping building in Jurong West, Singapore. It is the town centre for Pioneer, Singapore, with a HDB service centre located at the 2nd floor of the building. Most of the shopping mall is leased by the hypermarket chain Giant, occupying 2 entire floors. Pioneer Mall serves residents mainly living near the Pioneer MRT Station. There is also a 24 hour McDonald's fast food restaurant in the mall, as well as an air-conditioned food court operated by the Koufu chain. This is where activities and night markets are often held to bond the community together, through activities organised by the HDB.  edit
  • IMM (International Merchandise Mart), 2 Jurong East Street 21 6665 8268 (Jurong East MRT, shuttle services from JEM), [8]. A factory outlet haven. They include fashion, sports & accessories labels - Adidas Outlet, Agnes B Outlet, City Chain Outlet, Coach, Esprit, Giordano, Hang Ten, FJB Outlet, Fox Kids and Baby Outlet, Geox Outlet, Optical 88 Outlet, Picket & Rail Outlet, Samsonite Factory Outlet and many more! Also has DAISO, the $2 Japanese shop. Free parking for first 3 hours.  edit
  • JEM (Chinese: 裕廊东广场), 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549 (Jurong East MRT Station (EW 24, NS 1)), +65 6225 5536, [9]. Opened in 2013. Anchor tenants include H&M, Muji and Uniqlo. You no longer have to go to town to shop at these labels.  edit
  • Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive (Jurong East MRT Station), 6908 3737, [10]. Opened in 2013. Anchor tenants include Isetan; but there is Ippudo SG. You do not need to go to town to buy Japanese food products. But there is a fountain throughout.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • NTI foodcourt, 964 Jurong West Street 91, Singapore 640964 (from Pioneer Mrt take bus 179 or 241. From Boon Lay bus interchange take bus 241.), [11]. This is a very large coffeeshop. Mornings are usually abuzz with aunties popping by for breakfast after their grocery shopping. Nights are populated by residents as well as students from nearby Nanyang Technological University. On weekends, worshippers at the neighbouring City Harvest mega church flood the premise. Big Eater Seafood Restaurant is the anchor tenant. The term 'restaurant' is a misnomer as it is actually a mega tsz char stall specializing in the sale of crab dishes. Be dazzled by the vast number of crab shells hanging as decorations, a testament to their quality and popularity. The waitresses take your orders with PDAs. The quintessential tsz char dishes are also very well done. Note that 7% GST is levied here. The food court is unique in that it has 2 tsz char stalls. The smaller but not inferior stall also serves a delectable array of dishes. Breakfast is a must experience affair here. Just look at the queues at the kueh and bee hoon stalls.  edit

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