SAFRA Toa Payoh | Digital Defence
Toa Payoh Town Park, near Toa Payoh MRT station, is home to the 27m-tall Observation Tower. The tower is worth a look, not just for its UFO-like top but also for the fact that it was awarded conservation status by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2009. While you’re here, you may also want to check out the pavilion, fountain pools, gazebos and landscaped pond.
Across the road from SAFRA Toa Payoh is the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery (184 Jalan Toa Payoh). The tranquil grounds are perfect for a relaxing and leisurely stroll, but, more than that, it should be appreciated for its historical value. Completed in 1907 and designated a national monument in 1980, the Fujian-style temple is among Singapore’s oldest structures.
Toa Payoh has no shortage of restaurants, but if you love Thai food then head to the halal-certified Siam Kitchen at SAFRA Toa Payoh. On the menu: tom yam soup, green curry chicken and other traditional dishes.
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The award-winning Yishun Park, located next to SAFRA Yishun, was developed on an old rubber estate. It’s worth visiting for its tropical fruit trees, like durian, rambutan, jackfruit and coconut, and, if you have kids in tow, you should take them to the park’s Nature Playgarden, with its free-play elements and sandpit. The park also has an open lawn, which is great for picnics.
When you want to cool down, try a footbath at Sembawang Hot Spring Park, located off Gambas Avenue. There are also unpaved paths to explore and natural streams flowing from the hot spring to admire.
Come lunch or dinner, grab a table at Yishun Park Hawker Centre (51 Yishun Ave 11). This modern hawker centre has just about every cuisine under one roof, from Thai and Malay to Indonesian, Indian and Japanese.
The SAFRA ExploreSG Virtual Challenge takes place from 4 March to 30 April 2021. Click here for the full route maps, more information and to sign up. Registration closes on 26 April 2021.
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