One of the few heartland districts of Singapore to be located in a rich natural environment, Lakeside is a beautiful neighborhood surrounded by parklands in the Jurong area of Singapore's West region. With modern high-rise buildings contrasted by picturesque pagodas and stone bridges set in a Chinese garden, this area balances city living with the peace and serenity of large open spaces and natural surroundings. With an abundance of water bodies, lush green parks, and interesting attractions, Lakeside is on track to being developed into a key leisure destination in Singapore.
While being a bit out of the way of central Singapore, this neighborhood is conveniently serviced by Lakeside, Boon Lay, Jurong East and Chinese Garden MRT stations. With the International Business Park located nearby in Jurong East, many professionals (mostly couples and families) see the merits of living in one of the affordable HDB apartments or newer condominium complexes in this area.
Lakeside residents also have a choice of a few shopping centers in the area and many other neighborhood supermarkets for their everyday amenities and shopping needs. The neighborhood provides many opportunities for recreational outdoor activities and tranquil natural spaces – great for nature lovers or those in need of a small escape from the concrete jungle. With quite a number of schools located in the area (including the Canadian International School), Lakeside is also convenient choice for families.
Lakeside is bordered on the north by Hong Kah and Yuhua West, on the east by Yuhua East and Jurong Gateway, on the south by Teban Gardens, and on the west by Taman Jurong.
CBD: 20.3 km / 20-40 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 33.7 km / 35-70 minutes by car / 85 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 5.1 km / 10-25 minutes by car / 25-40 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 12.2 km / 15-45 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit
Tuas: 14.9 km / 20-45 minutes by car / 65-80 minutes by transit
Jurong Lake is a freshwater lake and reservoir contributing the water supplies of the country. Surrounded by parkland, the lake is used for recreational activities by residents in the area. While there are many laws governing the types of activities permitted in Singapore’s reservoirs (e.g. swimming is illegal), certain areas of Jurong lake are now open to fishing with the use of artificial baits.
A scientific institution built to promote scientific and technological education to the public, the Singapore Science Centre houses over 850 exhibits spread over 8 exhibition galleries. An observatory lies within the Science Centre, and is one of the few observatories in the world lying next to the Equator, and is also open to the public for astronomy lessons, public talks, and stargazing sessions.
A fantastic spot for those seeking a zen moment, the Japanese & Chinese gardens are islands sitting on Jurong Lake and are currently being developed into the Jurong Lake Gardens. The Chinese Garden was built in 1975, and modelled after the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture during the Sung dynasty. Adjoining the Chinese garden is the Japanese garden, inspired by the Japanese gardening aesthetics of the Muromachi and Momoyama period.
This local attraction is a great day out for the young ones! Snow City is Singapore’s first indoor snow center, and introduces the concept of snow and cold climates in a fun and educational way. It includes an Arctic Playground, a snow blizzard experience, and a 60m snow slide for a day of endless fun.
With more than 200 turtles and tortoises and over 60 species collected (and in some cases donated), the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum aims to enhance awareness and educate the public on these creatures. Run by a father-daughter duo, the museum prides itself on creating a healthy and safe environment to house the turtles and tortoises, but also to rescue and rehabilitate numerous rare species. Experience free-roaming turtles as you walk through the park, and get a chance to hand-feed them as well!
KidsSTOP is an edutainment (education + entertainment) center that offers interactive exhibits and learning environments to engage children from pre-school to lower primary levels to science. The different thematic zones in the facility are designed to include hands-on activities programs to foster parent-child bonding experiences. Enrichment programs and memberships are also available.
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