Cath a Sunrise at Singapore's Kallang Riverside Park
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As the adage goes, "The early bird catches the worm." This walk is best undertaken in the morning, before the tropical heat starts to take its effect! This walk cuts through the heart of Singapore's southern waterfront, along the Kallang River, Marina Reservoir and Singapore River. Arm yourself with a camera in hand!
This is an easy walk suitable for all. It is not an outdoor adventure in the wilderness, but rather an urban hike in the heart of the city. A great escape from the mundane.
Start at Nicoll Hoghway MRT station and take a leisurely walk along the banks of the river to the confluence of the Singapore River at the Marina Reservoir. From the tarmac, take Exit B, towards Kallang Riverside Park. Cut across the tarmac to the park. At the park, the cityscape changes dramatically, reflecting the high rise office buildings sitting on prime land, as the sun rises above the horizon behind you.
As dawn breaks, the skies turns salmon pink, before transiting to a deep orange and finally blue skies appear as the sun rises above the horizon in the distance.
Take the opportunity of admire the architecture of the Singapore Sports Hub. An engineering masterpiece by sheer size with the largest retractable roof in the world!
Continuing on, stop to admire the sheer size of the Benjamin Shears Bridge, and take a rest under the bridge. The shade provides some respite from the heat and a chance to re-energize your legs. Watch on as the sun creeps up from the distant horizon.
Once done, continue along the riverbanks towards the F1 Pit Building. Seemingly empty and abandoned, the area turns into a massive area of gathering for F1 Fans during the F1 Race season. The area is also used to host various events such as the Sundown Marathon a times. The Singapore Flyer just behind the building provides for an interesting and scenic backdrop!
As you head along the river, you will not miss the Supertees and dome-shaped conservatories on the opposite bank! Gardens by the Bay, as it is aptly named, is a unique space of nature. Once where man-made elements and nature coexists harmoniously, complementing each other.
The massive towers of the Marina Bay Sands comes into view as you advance! 3 identical towers joined at the top by a viewing deck and swimming pool, it is a casino, hotel and shopping centre combined into one!
Just behind it is the Benjamin Shears flyover and the Helix Bridge! The Helix Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in the island, linking the opposite banks of the Singapore River. Proceed and cross the bridge for panoramic views of the city!
The iconic Singapore City Skyline with the even more iconic buildings such as the DBS, UOB and Maybank buildings towering over the river, as well as the historic Fullterton Hotel and the Merlion Park makes this a wonderful photo taking opportunity!
Not to be missed is the lotus-shaped Science and Technology Museum, just beside the MBS towers!
After crossing the bridge, head towards Gardens by the Bay and visit the air-conditioned Conservatories to escape the steadily rising tropical heat! Apart from the cool air, the Conservatories are a host to a variety of exotic species of plants and flowers, imported for exhibition here in Singapore!
End off the morning with a hearty meal in the gardens!
Note: Do not set out it it rains! Also, this route is best explored when the skies are clear!
- Drinking water, minimally 1L
- Flip-flops, just in case it suddenly pours!
- Camera tripod, for longer exposures!
- ND Filters, for longer exposures!
- Snacks, in case you get hungry along the way
- Walking shoes
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