Bukit Timah History
Bukit Timah which means “tin hill” in Malay literally, is located in the central region of Singapore and Bukit Timah Hill (163.63 metres or 537 ft.), is known to be the highest hill in Singapore.
In the past, Bukit Timah was first discovered to be a jungle full of tigers. It was later cleared for urbanization. Also, interestingly, it was the place where Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in World War II.
Bukit Timah consists of seven sub-zones: Swiss Club, Holland Road, Ulu Pandan, Hillcrest, Coronation, Leedon Park and Farrer Court.
Places of Interest in Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
There are several places in this area where you can just relax and enjoy nature all around you. One of these places is the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, located at Upper Bukit Timah Road. It is also called Bukit Timah Nature Park.
This Singapore nature reserve has one of the largest patches of primary rain forest left in Singapore. The nature reserve in Singapore is the highest hill in all of Singapore, standing at 163 metres and also home to much flora and fauna.
Long-tailed Macaques are a common sight at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Singapore, just be sure not to feed them!
There are 5 nature walking trails for you to choose from in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and these trails are categorized according to their difficulty.
Route 1 (Red)
Approximate walking time: 45 mins
Trail grade: Easy
Route 2 (Blue)
Approximate walking time: 35 mins
Trail grade: Easy
Route 3 (Green)
Approximate walking time: 1 hr 40 mins
Trail grade: Moderate to difficult
Route 4 (Yellow)
Approximate walking time: 2 hrs
Trail grade: Difficult
Approximate walking time: 1.5 hrs
Trail grade: Easy
6.00am to 7pm (Night walking within the nature reserves is not encouraged.)
If you do not want to roam around alone, a volunteer guide is available to show you around. If hiking is not your thing, there is also a mountain-biking trail in the nature reserve. Just make sure to abide by the biking rules!
For more information, visit Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Botanic Garden, National Orchid Garden and The Jacob Ballas Childern’s Garden
Another great place where you can experience nature is the Botanic Gardens. Located at 1 Cluny Road, the Botanic Gardens has free admission from 5am to 12 midnight daily and many modes of transport are available to take you there.
There is also the National Orchid Garden, where you can view many beautiful orchids, the national flower of Singapore, and the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first children’s garden in Asia and provides play and learning experiences to your children in a garden setting!
Upper Pierce Reservoir Park
Near Bukit Timah is also the Upper Pierce Reservoir Park, which overlook Upper Pierce Reservoir, the second reservoir of Singapore. It is formerly known as Kallang River Reservoir.
Surrounding Upper Pierce Reservoir is the secondary rain forest which was protected as a water catchment area when the reservoir was built in the early days.
Upper Pierce Reservoir Park is one of the popular retreats with local and foreign visitors who enjoy its unique pleasant setting and tranquillity. This is where you can involve yourself in a plethora of activites: cycling, jogging, trekking, bird watching and more.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
When you’re done with all the greenery, why not head down to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club? This club is a centre for excellence for the equestrian sport and is also the perfect place for leisure horse-riding. Guest rides are available and pony rides are available only on Sundays, from 10am to 1pm.
The Raffles Town Club
The Raffles Town Club, situated at 1 Plymouth Avenue, has a wide array of facilities. Guests only need to pay an extra $5 guest fee for each facility use and you may enjoy the range of facilities like the theatre, the video games room, cards and billiards and more!
Bukit Timah Plaza
There are not many shopping malls in this area, but there is Bukit Timah Plaza. It is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit and consists of a variety of eateries, stores and a supermarket.
Other Bukit Timah Attractions
- Bukit Timah Railway Station
- Bukit Timah Race Course
- Newton Food Centre
- Tekka Centre
- Old Ford Motor Factory
Tired of all the walking and exploring? Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore is an Italian restaurant located along the main road that serves delicious pasta and Italian cuisine that will definitely fill your empty stomach.
Bukit Timah Hotels
Bukit Timah is the ideal place to stay if you are looking for somewhere with much greenery and want to get in touch with nature.
For accomodation options, visit Bukit Timah hotels*.
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