Tanglin Singapore

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Tanglin is a prominent planning area located in Singapore’s Central Region. Tanglin is also located near many popular places of this island nation. There are many amazing things to do near Tanglin Singapore that you would definitely want to try on your holiday. This includes water-related activities, shopping, or simply enjoying the nightlife at a club. We have listed a few of them for you, make sure you try them out.

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About Tanglin

Tanglin Singapore

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Located in the Central Region of Singapore, Tanglin is a popular planning area in the country. It is situated on the west of Newton, Orchard, River Valley and Singapore River, east of Bukit Timah, northeast of Queenstown, north of Bukit Merah, and south of Novena.

The house of William Napier which is situated in this area on 27 hectares of hilly land is where Tanglin Road gets its name. Earlier the Napier Road used to go up to the Tyersall house of William Napier. The house which was constructed in 1854 used to be called Tang Leng in Chinese, as it was named after the popular name in China, Twa Tang Leng. The name ‘Twa Tang Leng’ means ‘great east hill peaks’, which is assumed to be a reference to the many hills located in this region that include Leonie, Emerald, Goodwood Nassim, Mount Elizabeth, Cluny, Cairn, and Claymore

In 1822, after Stamford Raffles allotted the land, the Chinese, especially Teochews, came out of Chinatown and colonized the Tanglin area which was infested by tigers. The Chinese grew sireh, pepper, nutmeg, and gambie in this area. After the Chinese, the Europeans, especially Scotsmen also entered this region and started doing spice plantations. The Europeans also constructed built bungalows and villas on many of the hills in Tanglin.

A striking characteristic of Tanglin is the name of the places that it consist of. These places have been named after many Scottish personals. For instance – Balmoral has been named after the favorite residence of Queen Victoria located in Scotland. Similarly, Edinburgh has been named after the Duke of Edinburgh, who had visited Singapore in 1869. And, Claymore is the name of a house owned by Captain Scott who was the harbormaster. He is the same person after in memory of whom the Scotts Road was named. Tyersall, Cluny, and Scott are some other examples of the same.

A popular landmark of Tanglin is the Tanglin Post Office building. It is a two-storey pre-war building which was located at the corner of Tanglin Road and Nassim Hill. The building was brought down and a new post office replaced it. The old Tanglin Post Office was the premises of the Ministry of Science and Technology of those days and the Social Council until 1974 when it was turned into an office cum delivery base.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) asked for proposals to develop the Dempsey Road area when it brought two new tenders for sites on 7 November 2006. It was also announced that SLA had plans for this region for up to the year 2015. The former Central Manpower Base which is now known as Tanglin Village and has been turned into a commercial plaza which can be reached through car or taxi. There is also a very interesting building known as the barracks buildings which house various commercial establishments like shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Things To Do Near Tanglin Singapore

Check out these some of the most popular and highly interesting things to do near Tanglin Singapore:

1. Fishing


This place is very famous for fishing as it is a very great experience if you go out fishing here. If you ever visit this place then you should surely try fishing. Two unique species of fishes clownfish and angelfish are available on this island.

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2. Feeding Dolphins


The enthusiasm with which dolphins eat is a must-watch. The interesting relationship between dolphins and their feeders is quite an eyeful. You can hand-feed them or dive in the water to be closer to them.

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3. Smoke And Mirrors

Smoke And Mirrors

This is a rooftop bar located in the National Gallery in Singapore. From here, one can enjoy the panoramic views of the entire city including the Marina Bay while sipping on their favorite beverage. The progressive menu of this place includes the most unique blends and mixtures of drinks to form the perfect cocktail. The spirits are curated in-house and an extensive range of draft beer is also available here. One must definitely drive down to this bar while visiting Geylang.

Location: 1 Street Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore – 178957, 4 km from Geylang
Open till: 01:00 AM
Cost for two: INR 8,500

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We are sure that after knowing about these interesting things to do near Tanglin, this place would be definitely there on your bucket list. Plan a trip to Singapore right away and head to Tanglin with your family or friends to try out all these amazing things that can make your holiday even more exciting.

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