By : Briana Tan
18 August 2016
If all that you know of Yishun is that it was once an ‘ulu’ place covered with farms and villages, you may be surprised to learn that there are many amazing places waiting to be discovered. Here are a couple of gems you should not miss!
So come, explore this town that is named after Lim Nee Soon, a successful businessman, community leader and philanthropist.
Bask in nature’s glory
For the fitness enthusiasts or nature lovers, the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is the best place to head to in Yishun!
Located right next to the Yishun Stadium, the park plays host to a variety of both land and water activities. Besides jogging trails for leisurely strolls or jogs, the park actually has a fishing jetty that avid anglers frequent.
The Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is also a great place for photographers to snap away! There is always a natural Kodak moment, be it of a fluttering butterfly or even a playful squirrel on a tree. Other than catching sight of passing creatures that may appear anytime around the corner, you would surely appreciate the amazing view of the sunset settling down for the night along the edge of the reservoir.
It is also a popular spot with kayakers and dragon-boaters. Leisure kayaks are available for rental, so you can spend your day paddling down the riverbanks.
(Photos from the National Parks Board)
Indulge in yummy food
Are you a food lover? Whether you enjoy cooking or eating, there is a place in Yishun you definitely need to check out.
Chong Pang Market and Food Centre is one of Singapore’s oldest and largest wet markets. The wet market comprises about 80 stalls, while the hawker centre located right beside it houses 60 stalls serving various local delights.
My friend Anna, who has been living in Yishun for over 10 years, says that the Chong Pang Wet Market is her favourite go-to place to shop for groceries. While she would occasionally go to the nearby supermarket, she usually gravitates towards the wet market for the wide selection of fruits and vegetables at the friendly uncles-and-aunties stalls. Anna loves the warmth that comes from interacting with the different stall owners. They always give her a little more of each item.
On top of offering an abundance of fresh produce, the market is certainly a great place to experience the liveliness and energy of the heartland.
If you ever decide to make a trip down to the Chong Pang Wet Market, be sure to grab a bite at the hawker centre next door. Do look out for the famous Chong Pang nasi lemak ormee hoon kueh! Satiate your hunger with the wide range of hawker food available at affordable prices. You are sure to be spoilt for choice!
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