Telok Blangah Hill Park

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Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore Overview

Lying between the exuberant Mount Faber Park and Vibrant HortPark of the Southern Ridges of Singapore, Telok Blangah Hill Park is a calm, peaceful getaway to enjoy nature with a view. Even though joggers and trekkers may treat it as a mere passageway between two parks, there's much more to it. On one end of Telok Blangah Hill Park is the well-known Henderson Waves, which is a 274 metre long and 36-metre high undulatory structure with unique curved metal ribs, and on the other end is the Forest Walk which is a 1.3-kilometre long metal pathway offering breathtaking, bird-eye views of the forest below. Another trail to not miss in Telok Blangah Hill Park is the Earth Trail which runs parallel to the Forest Walk, offering a view of the forest from ground-level.

At the top of the hill, stairs, and curved terraces make up the Terrace Garden which, with its flowers, is a riot of colours! The Terrace Garden offers spellbinding views of Singapore City. Telok Blangah Hill Park was also once the meeting point of several trading communities which is expressed well by the presence of the Alkaff Mansion, a luxuriously built colonial-style bungalow built by Arab Traders. It was used for public gatherings and parties for the socially elite. While here, indulge in a picnic at the several picnic tables or go for a job! Either way, it's sure to be a great experience.

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  • Henderson Waves: The starting point of Telok Blangah Hill Park, Henderson Waves is one of the highlights of the Southern Ridges. With its height of around 36 metres above the ground, it is also the highest pedestrian bridge of Singapore. It has a unique wave-like structure made of several undulating, metal ribs. There are spots for tired visitors to take rest in its waves. At night, the Henderson Waves light up with colour changing LED lights, which make it an exquisite sight.
  • Terrace Garden: Located at the highest spot of the park, the terrace garden constitutes of a series of stairs, and curved terraces joined to each other with spaces for gardens between them. They are adorned with flowers of several colours and types. From here, one can get stunning views of Singapore CBD in the distance and waters of the Keppel Harbour.
  • Forest Walk: The Forest Walk is a 1.3 km elevated zig-zag walkway. It is an excellent place to spot birds and other creatures such as squirrels. With its height ranging from 3 metres to 18 metres, the Forest Walk lets visitors enjoy a bird's eye view of the secondary forest below.
  • Earth Trail: Through this trail, you can get a closer look at the secondary forest, the adinandra belukar which grows on land previously used for agriculture. It can be accessed from the Forest Walk through a flight of stairs mid-way through the walk, or at the Telok Blangah Hill end of the walk. It is an adventure, but be sure to carry insect repellant!

The Telok Blangah Hill Park is as green as it is colourful. All throughout the park, strong, tall trees such as Eugenia, Alstonia and Rain trees bring shade, and comfort to the visitors. Lining the gardens of the Terrace Garden are boughs of bougainvillaea bursting with colours. On coming here in the morning, one might spot more than a dozen type of birds. Telok Blangah Hill Park makes an excellent spot for bird-watching! On moving towards Forest Walk, one would notice a unique type of vegetation- the adinandra belukar, which is the secondary forest. Secondary forests are those which are formed on the ground that has been cleared or destroyed previously. These forests are a result of reformation of trees over land which was agriculturally exploited.

Telok Blangah Hill Park is an excellent place for joggers, trekkers and fitness freaks. If you enjoy jogging, starting at Henderson Waves and ending at Forest Walk seems like a great option. With its breathtaking views, it would hardly tire you out. Also, the forest walk goes downhill from Telok Blangah Hill Park, which makes it a great option to stroll down. Fitness equipment sets are also present inside the park. Trekkers can enjoy an adventure along Earth Trail as well.

Telok Blangah Hill Park was once a meeting ground of several cultures which is evident by the presence of the Alkaff Mansion- an extravagant bungalow built by an Arab trader. The mansion used to house a restaurant, but it has closed down now. All that remains standing is the grandeur of the mansion. For a very long time, Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park were part of the same ridge, but during the mid-1970s, after the construction of Henderson Waves, they were split, and the part preceding Henderson Waves was named Mount Faber Park.

The nearest bus stop is Henderson Road. The bus service numbers which arrive here are 131, 145, 176, 409 or 648. Once here, take the staircase up to Mount Faber Park, and subsequently to Henderson Waves. Additionally, one may follow the Southern Ridges trail right from Mount Faber Park, and follow Henderson Waves into Telok Blangah Hill Park. It is also possible to access Telok Blangah Hill Park from the Forest Walk side. Alight at Alexandra Road bus stop by taking bus service numbers 51, 61, 93, 97, 100, 166 or 963.

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