Unbeknownst to most, Singapore isn’t all about skyscrapers and 40 floors high HDBs. Before Singapore became the metropolis it is today, it was a small fishing village and later, a British colony. In a few parts of Singapore, we can still see what seems to be the remains of the country’s past.
Built for the fourth wife of the then Sultan of Johor, this place used to be one of Singapore’s largest private residences. Fast forward 50 to 60 years and it is now left abandoned in a quiet, remote corner of Singapore. We can see why there was so much fuss about it when it was first built though, as the mansion still looks beautiful and a little romantic even in its current dilapidated state.
Jurong Railway Station
Not all transportation projects were as well-received by the public as our new Thomson-East Coast and Downtown MRT lines. The Jurong Railway Station was initially built to help transport goods from Bukit Timah to Jurong in 1965 but failed at garnering sufficient traffic and was subsequently closed down in 1990. Despite that, it still makes for a good hiking or exploring spot for Singaporean adventurers. Nature has taken over the place, however, as the tunnel is now covered with vegetation and mud where old power boxes and traffic lights used to be.
Keppel Hill Reservoir
One of the least known reservoirs in Singapore, Keppel Hill Reservoir was forgotten for several decades before being rediscovered just last year in September. The only few times this place was mentioned was when a soldier and two teenage boys drowned in the reservoir in 1936 and 1948 respectively. Since then, people avoided the reservoir which used to be a playground of sorts to children with its diving board and concrete steps.
Keramat Bukit Kasita
Although it is not known exactly when it was built, it is said to date back to 1721. This grave, situated along a deserted hill, is a burial ground for members of the Johor royalty despite its the archway with European origins. Yellow cloth can be seen wrapped around many of the tombs, representing that they are from the Riau-Lingga branch of the royal family, according to the caretakers of the grounds.
WWII Tunnel and Naval Base
This tunnel and naval base is probably the reason why we now use the word ‘underground’ to describe something that cannot be easily found. This underground tunnel in Marsiling was first built by the British before World War II and was left abandoned after. Trees and vines now hide the entrance of the tunnel from view and the stairs that lead you further underground into a tunnel of rusty pipes will likely send chills down your spine.