Punggol is located in the northeast region of Singapore. Punggol is very dear to me because when I arrived in Singapore for the first time in 2007, I was offered a residence in this area. As soon as I saw the beautiful grass, kids flying kites and the sea water from the balcony of my apartment, I said yes. I could see into another country from my window which is Malaysia. Punggol was a less crowded place but with scenic views, most of all there was an excellent food court below the apartment building. The chile crab and the fried chicken were my most favorite dishes from the food court.
Now a days Punggol has become very famous because of its Instagram-worthy landscape, spots and natural beauty. The area has also turned out to become a great residential area with amenities and a superb mall. The new waterfront housing system is also a major attraction of the area. One of the most praised things in Punggol is the view of Sunrise and Sunset when the sky becomes a magical canvas of colors. Punggol is also very near to Malaysia. You can stand on the seashore and what you see on the other side, is in-fact Malaysia.
Over the time Punggol has gone through many improvements. The transportation network has been strengthened and the beauty of waterfront housing schemes have attracted a lot of people to come and live here. The people who share the pictures of sunsets from their homes, attract many more to visit the place. The development of the area was announced in 1998 but due to financial limitations the development actually started in 2007. Maybe they knew I was coming to live here. Unfortunately, I had moved to Fernvale area before the major developed was accomplished.
History of Punggol
It is said that Punggol has bene there for more than 200 years. Initially, it was mainly a rural area with farmhouses. The residents were mostly Malays. The early Chinese immigrants settled in Punggol from the mid-19th century onwards. They were mostly engaged in rubber plantation works. Some of the Chinese villagers started poultry, fish and pig farming. Though pig farming was discarded, and poultry also got reduced, fish farming continued and revolutionized into hydroponic and non-pollutive vegetable farming.
Most of these farms and land was demolished to create new residential housing projects for the people. Because of the fish farming activities, Punggol was and still is famous for seafood restaurants. Punggol is also a famous historical place in relation with World War II, when around 400 Chinese civilians were massacred in 1942 by Japanese military at Punggol Point. This site has been declared as a national heritage side and a war memorial is placed in this area.
12 Interesting Tourist Attractions in Punggol Singapore
I discovered Punggol Beach one day by chance without even knowing about it. During my early settlement days in Singapore in 2007, on a Saturday evening, I was feeling a bit low and lonely. I decided to explore through the area on bike. I took out of my apartment building moving wherever my thoughts led me. I saw a small but beautiful road going inside towards woods. Singapore being a very safe area, I followed the road and I reached this amazingly wonderful place called Punggol Beach. It was then I found out on a small board that this place has a historical importance.
It was very quiet, and nobody was there except me. I took my time and sat there for a long time watching big ships passing through the sea in-front of me. A ship passes by every now and then giving a boost to the water waves at the seashore. I immediately fell in love with the place and it became my favorite get-away spot from the Hussle-bustle of the world. I brought many of my friends here, who also loved this place. Eventually, the place started to get a lot of visitors by the passage of time.
This place is a war memorial, a site where 400 Chinese civilians were massacred by the Japanese military during World War II. It is said that human remains are still being found today. The place is declared as a National Heritage Site of Singapore.
Punggol Waterway Park
Punggol waterway park is located along Sentul Crescent. It is divided into four different themes to engage all age groups. There is a popular water playground which is loved by kids. The park is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature and sports recreational activities like cycling, running, skating, boating and birdwatching. Some beautiful birds can be seen in this area.
You can just sit and relax on the benches and watch people or take pictures of the natural refreshing environment. There is also a man-made water canal which is 4.2 kilometers long. The park has won a prize for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability. The benches made in the park are made of recycled material. Even the water in the canal is cleaned naturally by mangroves in the park.
Fishing and Prawning
Punggol Jetty is a superb place for fishing and many people come here prepared with their fishing gears. You can find many other fishing spots in Punggol. Of-course, it was a fishermen village before. If you can’t catch fish, don’t worry, there are plenty of seafood restaurants in the area.
There are also spots and restaurants that provide you with an option of prawn catching at their place. You do not need to bring any gear. This an ideal place to go with friends, where you chit chat and bond while the prawns take their time to become your prey. Prawns are best enjoyed when barbecued on charcoal.
Coney Island Park
If you want to have a real time fun adventure and want to meet some monkeys or find some real snakes, then Coney Island Park is your ideal destination. The park is well maintained and has many rare species of insects and creatures. It is a great place for cycling lovers and many love to go for a walk in the calming and fresh air of this wonderful park. The park has gained massive fame since its opening in 2015.
The sites of beautiful birds, building their nests and hearing their chirping is a wonderful experience here. The park has more than 80 species of birds and animals. This park has an area of 50 hectares and is a wonderful place for photographers. Best way to explore the park is on a bike. You can rent a bicycle from the nearby shops.
Lorong Halus Wetlands
This is a great place for nature and bird lovers. There is an abundance of birds and wildlife here. There are groups who come here to watch the beautiful birds and you can join them. Before it used to be a landfill so there is a lot of waste that is buried beneath. The wetlands were constructed to avoid the toxic water that can pass through and reach the reservoir.
Punggol Promenade is also a great place to enjoy nature and jog around. The place is mostly quiet. There are good slopes for jogging and also shelters if it rains or gets too hot.
Horse Riding Punggol
One of the exciting things to do in Punggol is the horse-riding experience. The Gallop Stables in Punggol offers a variety of riding packages even without membership. You can also ride ponies or take a carriage ride. The horse-riding experience is absolutely great because of the natural ambience and greenery. Specially it feels like a fairy tale experience while taking the carriage ride.
Pulau Ubin is a traditional island village near Punggol. You need to get tickets to enter the village. This is a great place to learn about the traditions of Singaporean villages and old cultures. The best way to go to the village is by cycling because its feels great to cycle along with the rubber plantations.
Lalang Field Punggol
Lalang Field is a place famous for sunset and sunrise chasers. This beautiful grassy field is famous for weddings, photoshoots, Instagrammers and bloggers.
Instagram Tree Punggol
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Instagram Tree is located near the Punggol waterway park. This is a balding tree which has become very famous among the photographers and has become one of the most famous Instagram places of Singapore. This is also a famous spot for wedding photoshoots, engagements and proposals. The tree has taken internet by storm in Singapore and hence it is now called Instagram Tree.
Waterway Point Punggol
Waterway Point is a superb mall in Punggol and is one of the biggest shopping malls in Singapore. The mall is filled with variety of shops, restaurants, play areas, stalls and branded stuff. The stalls also have a lot of good quality items in affordable prices. The mall completes the residential requirements with superb amenities. There is also a cinema and kids play area in the mall.
Laser Tags Punggol
Laser Tag is also a popular game which you can play in Punggol. Laser-tag is a real-time combat situation game and is very similar to the paintball shooting game. You play in teams where one team must shoot the other team. Instead of bullets, you shoot the opponent with a laser beam and once you are hit, your sensor detects it and counts the hit. This game is very popular among teenagers and even kids can play cause its safe.