Located on the eastern side of the Singapore bay, Geylang happens to be a bustling neighbourhood, famous for its exotic and out-of-the-world culinary delights, street shopping, jazzy nightlife, and its infamous red light areas. Offering a rather contrasting view in comparison to the rest of the modern Singapore. Covering an area of about 9.7 square kilometers, Geylang is split into near-equal halves owing to the three-kilometer long Geylang Road which connects the business district of the town with eastern suburban areas. But apart from the business avenues and residential complexes, Geylang also has a fun side! There are specific areas in the town that have various historic attractions. What’s more, the town completely transforms into a colourful hub for party-goers and travelers looking for exciting places to hang out once the sun goes down.
It’s essentially a working class neighbourhood and is populated with various migrant workers and their quarters along with a few shophouses, something that makes it a bustling suburb where people work hard to earn an honest living. On another note, Geylang has managed to stay away from the commercialised and urbanised parts of Singapore, making it a completely offbeat and untrodden destination for you to visit. Though it’s mostly famous for its high-end karaoke lounges and fine restaurants where travelers and locals like to unwind, there also are other places one can explore. In fact, we have put some of the best places to visit in Geylang with your friends, family, and/or better half right here.
1. Singapore Botanic Garden
Another attraction worth exploring in Jurong East is Singapore Botanic Garden. Located on the Cluny Road, this is one of the oldest gardens in Singapore, and the only tropical garden to be listed in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It houses endangered as well as common species of trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasslands. This place attracts nature lovers and botanists throughout the year.
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: 5 am onwards
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2. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Another name in the list of best places to see in Jurong East, Singapore is Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. This museum displays 2000 items and artifacts related to the history of living organisms like plant species, orchids, animal fossils, and human fossils. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is frequented by millions of visitors annually.
Location: 2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377
Opening hours: 10 am – 7 pm
Entrance charges: INR 823/- per person
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3. Bishan-ang Mo Kio Park
One of the largest and beautiful parks in the central Singapore region namely, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park remains a perfect spot for the visitors for a day out picnic or partying with the family, friends and colleagues. The river in the park gives you an opportunity to meander with the lush banks of the wildflowers. Its lush green forests, rare animals’ views, pond gardens and river plains make it a suitable place for locals and tourists for all sorts of recreational activities.
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4. Malay Village
If you are seeking awesome places to visit in Geylang, Serai, then this is your best bet! It was built way back in 1989 and is essentially an exhibitions site in Serai, styled like a museum which offers a peek into the way of life of local Malays before the 60s, also known as ‘Kampung Days’. The Malay Village of Geylang is spread over an area of one hectare and provides a rather comprehensive view of the culture of these Malays in order to preserve the unique Malay heritage. It has musical instruments, traditional clothes, and tools on display for the public. Visitors also have the opportunity to view traditional dances, plays, and special rituals at 6:30 PM daily at this venue. The museum is open from 10 AM to 10 PM and the admission fee costs $5 per person.
Location: Geylang Serai Malay Village, Singapore 409215, a short distance from Paya Lebar Station
Contact: + 65 67484700
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5. Rumah Bebe
Built in 1928, this magnificent shophouse is presently owned by Bebe Seet, who is an expert in the traditional Peranakan craft of beading slippers. It is a testament to the brilliant prowess of Peranakan architecture. This is one place in Geylang where you can purchase traditional kebayas (Nonya-style blouses with decorative lace). The kebayas crafted here stand out from the ones you can buy in the market area as Seet modernises them with contemporary and subversive twists and touches. Other than kebayas, you can also grab some exquisitely beaded shoes from here, or indulge yourself in some delectable Peranakan cuisine at the in-house bake-cook shop located here.
Location: 113 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428803
Contact: +65 6247 8781
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We bet you didn’t know there were so many happening hubs in the otherwise sober looking Geylang town. Now that you do, plan your trip to Singapore right away and explore the best places to visit in Geylang with your loved ones. Book your trip via TravelTriangle for great deals and discounts, and a rather exciting holiday experience.