The Jurong area in western Singapore is primarily residential and industrial. It is home to the Jurong Bird Park, the Singapore Science Centre, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens as well as various shopping malls.
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 - An island formed from merging several small islands, it is the petroleum and petrochemical hub of Singapore. Access is restricted to those holding a security pass.
By MRT, the East West Line travels through Jurong, with stations at Jurong East, Chinese Garden, Lakeside, Boon Lay, Pioneer and Joo Koon; 60 minutes from Changi Airport (transfer at Tanah Merah Interchange) and 30 minutes from City Hall. The North South Line terminates at Jurong East MRT Station; 30 minutes from Woodlands.
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.
Further west along the Ayer Rajah Expressway is the industrial area of Tuas, connecting to the Tuas Second Link via the Tuas Checkpoint for travel onwards into Johor, Malaysia. Causeway Link provides cross-border buses from Jurong East and Boon Lay to various attractions in Johor Bahru via the Second Link.
Without a doubt the top attraction in the area, the Bird Park offers joint tickets with the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari 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), . 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
Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, next to Lakeside and Chinese Garden 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
Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road (From Jurong East MRT, transfer to Bus 335 or walk 8min from the station.), . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Set up to promote interest and learning in science and technology via an 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 the exhibits in one visit. There is also an interesting water park area near the front entrance.$6/3 adult/child. edit
Omni-Theatre, just beside the Singapore Science Centre. Tu-Su 10:00-20:00. Omnimax movies and planetarium shows can be viewed on a tilted 23m high screen.$10/5 adult/child. edit
Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, just beside the Singapore Science Centre, . Tu-Su 10:30-18:30. The first permanent indoor snow centre 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 0.5h. edit
Shoppers congregate at Jurong East MRT Station, where there are two shopping malls (Westgate and JEM) directly linked to the station, another one (JCube) a short walk across the road and one more (IMM) accessible by shuttle buses. At Boon Lay MRT Station, Jurong Point is a convenient shopping venue for those on the way to or back from the Bird Park.
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 (walk across the road from Jurong East MRT), . 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, . Jurong Point is the largest suburban shopping mall in Singapore. Next to Boon Lay MRT station, it houses the Boon Lay Bus Interchange. 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), . 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 Westgate and JCube), . 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, . Opened in 2013. Anchor tenants include H&M, Muji and Uniqlo.edit
Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive (Jurong East MRT Station), ☎ 6908 3737, . Opened in 2013. Anchor tenants include Isetan, and there is Ippudo SG.edit
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.), . 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 tze char (Chinese stir-fry) 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 tze char dishes are also very well done. Note that 7% GST is levied here. The food court is unique in that it has 2 tze 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
Jurong West Market and Food Centre, Blk 505 Jurong West Street 52 Singapore (640505). Located off the main road of Jurong West Ave 1, the stalls in this hawker centre are open mostly during the day. Great food at cheap prices.edit
Yuhua Market and Food Centre, Blk 347, Jurong East Ave 1, S(600347) (Chinese Garden MRT). Located off the main road of Jurong East Ave 1. Hot eats include Bak Kut Teh.edit
Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, Blks 221A/B, Boon Lay Place, S(641221/642221 (From Boon Lay Bus Interchange, take bus 240, stop along Boon Lay Place). The most popular stall here has got to be Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. Also has many BBQ Seafood stalls.edit
Jin Wei (金味) Coffeeshop, Blk 651, Jurong West Street 63, Singapore 648310 (Pioneer MRT, or buses 179, 241, 255 and 257 from Boon Lay Bus Interchange). This coffeeshop only gets busier the later the night stretches on. Long queues at the economic fried bee hoon stall are a testament to its quality. A favourite supper haunt of NTU students.edit
Genting Hotel Jurong, 2 Town Hall Link, Singapore 608516 (5 minutes walk from Jurong East MRT Station. Hotel guests can use the free shuttle between the hotel and the Resorts World Sentosa, which is a short, twenty minutes drive), ☎ + 65 6577 8888, . edit