Little India, Singapore · 4 hotels available
A hidden gem in the midst of the city’s buzz, Farrer Park has always been overlooked by many Singaporeans and tourists alike. This interesting, quaint town is overflowing with the sights and sounds of Singapore’s rich tapestry of culture. Farrer Park is a part of the Ranchor planning area located in the Central Region of Singapore. This subzone is nestled in the centre, bounded by the Serangoon Road, Rangoon Road, Race Course Road, Northumberland Road, Tekka Lane and Bukit Timah Road.
As far back as history could be traced in the 1930s to 1980s, Farrer Park received its name from a nearby open field which flourished as a labyrinth of Singapore’s sports. This field, called as Farrer Park Field is located specifically within Kallang planning area in the west of the region. Both of which were named after the president of the former Singapore Municipal Commission 1887, Mr Roland John (R.J.) Farrer. This was an act of honour for all his hard work and contributions to oversee the completion of the local urban projects which included Gunong Pulai waterworks, St. James Power Station and Elgin Bridge.
This plot of land was once where Singapore’s sporting spirit burnt brightly! Started as a racetrack 176 years ago to the country’s nerve centre of track-and-field, swimming pool and boxing gym, this place has immense historical values especially to honour renowned athletes like Dollah Kassim, Quah Kim Song, R. Suriamurthi, Fandi Ahmad, Ang Peng Siong and Theresa Goh. This is the very place where many of Singapore’s outstanding and award-winning athletes were born and nurtured.
Despite the massive makeovers and facelift did, from a small town to an extensive residential area, it still does retain the old vibes even at its nooks and crannies. To top it all, Farrer Park is situated strategically which makes all the nearby town’s excitements to be just a walking distance. Thus, what are you waiting for? Let’s explore and discover all the various Farrer Park’s attractions, from the delicious local flavours to vibrant temples and one of the best retail therapy in Singapore!
The widely extensive coverage of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) that criss-cross throughout the country, helps you to get easy access. Here within this Farrer Park, an underground station named Farrer Park MRT station (NE8) was built. The station is directly underneath the Connexion building, an integration of both hotel and hospital. It is along the North East Line, which you can easily get confused with the Farrer Road station of the Circle Line. Do know your destinations clearly, as this station has as many as nine exits which you may end up in the opposite direction! Don’t miss out the chance to look at the glorious paintings of Rhythmic Exuberance by Poh Siew Wah, capturing the glorious sports activities in the past at Farrer Park!
A few of the bus stops can be located at three exits of the Farrer Park MRT station, Exit A, D and G, which are at Serangoon Road, Rangoon Road, opposite Rangoon Road and Gloucester Road. The list of bus routes here are: 21, 23, 64-67, 125, 130-131, 139, 141, 147 and 857 plus NR6.
Taxi stands and pick-up/drop off points are located to NEL exits of D, E and F are located along Race Course Road and Carpenter Street. You are not allowed to hail taxis other than at the official stands. Else, book beforehand. This is extremely a lifesaver especially during rainy days, festive seasons and daily rush hours which begin from 6.00 am to 9.30 pm and from 6.00 pm to midnight. But bearing in mind, that booking fees are applied.
This mall might pass you like any other neighbourhood mall, but City Square Mall has more than meets the eye! With 700,000 sq ft, this mall is the very first eco-mall in Singapore from which it was built with eco-friendly structures from scratch. From a rooftop that collects rainwater and has light sensors to regulate electrical lighting to high-efficiency air-conditioners that use less electricity and recycle its condensed water, all are built with environmental sustainability in mind. Offering a wide array of services, activities, lifestyle decors and even cuisines, this mall is indeed a wonder!
A Walmart-esque mall here in Singapore? This is so not a joke! Mustafa Centre is a famous mega mall that sells almost everything with over 300,000 items. From jewellery to clothes, gadgets to stationary, food to medicines and cosmetics to toiletries, all are under one roof! What’s even more interesting is that you are also able to purchase flight tickets, tour packages and even visa services! Oh, what a blissful shopping experience it will be! Come and swing by this mall at any time of the day and any day of the week since this mall is at your service 24/7!
A buzzing of vibrant Indian culture, Little India of Singapore truly lives up to its name. A walk down the Serangoon Road and other neighbouring streets will indeed be a walk to remember with its awe-inspiring traditional aesthetics. Indulge yourself in the harmonious blend of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, pulsing in the core of this 200-year-old enclave. Little India of Singapore is truly a culture splendour!
A refurbished shophouse into a unique cafe, The Tiramisu Hero is located at Tyrwhitt Road where it is a paradise for foodies. The stretch of this road captures the juxtaposition of the old and new of Singapore. You can taste up to 10 flavours of tiramisu, for instance, Kaya, Durian, Milo and many more, in various sizes of the jar. Don’t miss the chance, if you are in the neighbourhood.
This 5-star property, One Farrer Hotel & Spa is the ultimate choice to experience top-notched services at affordable and reasonable prices. The extensive facilities that they offer are a fitness centre, spa, outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, conference room and meeting facilities. The rates range from the cheapest of SGD 174.64 up to SGD 700.89 per night. Get the best deal to enjoy your vacation with your loved ones here!
Boasting its excellent services and tip-top hospitality, Park Hotel Farrer Park is sure to give you a joyful and pleasant stay. The exclusive services are complemented with a wide array of amenities like outdoor pool, fitness centre, coffee shop, restaurant and even babysitting service. This 4-star hotel is also wheelchair friendly. The room prices differ accordingly, from SGD 158.90 to SGD 254.23 per night, which are surprisingly reasonable considering its top-notched services. So, what more could one ask for?