Kent Ridge Park

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Open All Day,
Park Lighting Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM

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Kent Ridge Park, Singapore Overview

The Kent Ridge Park is a sprawling 47-hectare park situated at Kent Ridge in Singapore. It lies between the Singapore Science Park and the National University of Singapore. Owing to its high level of biodiversity in terms of greenery and wildlife, this place receives many bird-watchers and nature lovers. The vast area also provides a suitable, serene environment to joggers and fitness enthusiasts. In fact, you will find a series of exercise stations near Carpark B, along a terrace at the park.

Inaugurated in 1954, the Kent Ridge Park was honoured as one of the eleven sites of the Second World War in Singapore by the National Heritage Board in 1995. It is one of the three hundred parks in Singapore that are managed and maintained by the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks). The eastern side of the park leads to a valley, and on the path you will come across a natural pond which teems with fish as well as turtles.

If you walk towards the valley, you will come across a 280 meters long, elevated boardwalk, popularly referred to as the Canopy Walk, where you will have the opportunity to spot beautiful doves and sunbirds, mischievous squirrels, and white-crested thrush. You will also find several species of lizards here. The Canopy Walk connects the Kent Ridge Park to the Hort Park, a 9-hectare park which also doubles as a gardening hub. You can also follow the nature trail along Carpark A and take in the mesmerizing view of the natural secondary forest with an abundance of Tembusu, Tiup-tiup, Rubber Trees, Simpoh Air, and Wild Cinnamons.

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When Kent Ridge Park was officially opened, it was known as the Pasir Panjang Ridge and was a lowland evergreen forest. In the 19th Century, the first settlers of Singapore used to grow different types of crops on this ridge. During the Second World War, the British, in efforts to defend Singapore, used this ridge as a fortress. This park was, therefore, the site of one of the fiercest battles fought by the Malay against the Japanese, popularly known as the Battle of Pasir Panjang, or the Battle of Bukit Chandu. As a result of the war, most of the crops that were on the site were destroyed. In 1954, Sir John Fearns Nicoll, the governor of Singapore, renamed the park as the Kent Ridge Park to commemorate the visit of the Duchess of Kent. The Lady, along with her son, the Duke of Kent, arrived at the site to inspect the military services of this place in 1952.

Being one of the most popular bird-watching hubs, this exuberant park is rich in various species of birds. The annual raptor watch takes place here. The top car park section offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the sky and several Sparrowhawks and Oriental Honey Buzzards can be spotted during their migration periods. Sightings of the rare Blyth's Hawk Eagle and Booted Eagle have also been recorded here. The fascinating Crested Goshawk may be seen nesting around, while the Crested Serpent Eagle has often been spotted adorning the sky with its magnificence. The sight of natural groves of fascinating plant species like Adinandras and Dillenias are gorgeous. The various species of birds and animals found here are also engrossing. The soft hum of insects and the delightful chirps of birds will make you want to stay in this place for a long time. You can also take in the exquisite views of the magnificent off-shore islands like the Pulau Duran Darat from one of the several lookout points at this place.

The lush Kent Ridge Park is one of the several parts of The Southern Ridges. This ridge also houses the Hort Park, Mount Faber Park, the Labrador Nature Reserve, and the Telok Blangah Hill Park for you to explore. Apart from the Hort Park, the beautiful Canopy Walk also links the Kent Ridge Park with the Reflections of Bukit Chandu Museum, which houses a large number of private artefacts, first-hand accounts, historical footage, and maps, all of which recount the fall of Singapore. If you are a history enthusiast, this is the place to be.

If you are looking for some good coffee, go to Revolution Coffee, a restaurant near the Southern Ridges. You can also have your fill of the scrumptious food available at the Diamond Kitchen or Paddy Hills.

  • The magnificent Kent Ridge Park is one of the four most famous sites for birdwatching in mainland Singapore; the other three being the Fort Canning Park, the Pasir Rik Park, and the Sungei Buloh Wetland.
  • There are several special interest groups in this park such as the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the Nature Society Singapore, which conducts heritage tours and eco tours on a regular basis both for the students as well as the general public.

  • If you like long walks then follow the trail along the tranquil park which leads to Mount Faber.
  • The Southern Ridges do not have wheelchair access so plan your trip accordingly.
  • If you are an intermediate or advanced mountain biker, then do not miss out on the mountain biking trail for an adventurous ride through the park, close to the Nature Walk.
  • There are two natural ponds in this park and you can spend a few tranquil hours fishing at the sections devoted to it.

You can reach Kent Ridge Park from Pepys Road or Vigilante Road. If you are choosing the latter, take bus 200. If you wish to enter via the former, MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) is the best option for you. However, you can also take buses 10, 30, 51, 175, or 188.

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