The Henderson area in Singapore is often seen as an area exclusively for fitness enthusiasts, and it is easy to understand why.
Spanning over 10km, the Southern Ridges at Henderson connects numerous public parks such as Mount Faber Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, and Kent Ridge Park. You can have more than just long walks and hiking trails in these green spaces. For example, the Southern Ridges offers an excellent alternative for family picnics, photography aficionados as well as history enthusiasts.
Let’s begin by taking a look at Henderson’s history.
What is Henderson’s history?
Henderson is situated in the Central Region, and is considered one of the prime districts in Singapore.
Over recent years, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) implemented a plan that aimed to preserve and improve access to selected areas in Singapore. One of these areas included Henderson, and the opportunity to be close to nature has resulted in Henderson commanding some of the highest premiums for residential property.
What can I do at Henderson?
Here are just some of the things you can see and do in Henderson.
For starters, you can visit Henderson Waves. While it’s simply a connecting link to other forested areas in Singapore, Henderson Waves’ architectural splendour is worth beholding.
Living up to its name, Henderson Waves is a 274m long bridge that mimics the undulating shape of a wave. Anchored by steel arches and filled in with ribs of Balau wood, the bridge provides hidden recess and niches for pedestrians to sit and enjoy their surroundings. At the halfway mark, you can stop to take a short break and enjoy stunning views of Keppel Harbour.
Telok Blangah Hill Park
Though less well-known than its popular counterpart, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park is definitely worth some of your time.
Fringed with lush greenery, and largely untouched by tourists and locals alike, Telok Blangah Hill Park offers unparalleled peace and serenity.
Situated in the middle of Telok Blangah Hill Park is Terrace Garden. Terrace Garden comprises a series of terraces and stairs leading to the top of the park, and offers breathtaking views of Singapore.
The park is also a great place to have a picnic outdoors with your loved ones – it even comes equipped with picnic tables, if sitting on the floor is not your style.
If you’re at Henderson, a visit to Alkaff Mansion is a must. Built by an Arab trader in the 19th century, Alkaff Mansion’s opulent European-style architecture is reminiscent of the prosperity of yesteryear traders that used to operate at Telok Blangah Hill.
Today, Alkaff Mansion houses multiple restaurants. This enables customers to experience dining in a sophisticated and elaborate colonial setting.
A suggested itinerary
Explore Henderson’s highest pedestrian bridge and conclude your outing with spectacular views of the city landscape.
Arrive early in the morning and cross the Henderson Waves to Telok Blangah Hill Park. Then, head to Terrace Garden and discover aerial views of the cityscape. Afterwards, reward yourself with a hearty brunch at Alkaff Mansion and carry on to Mount Faber Park to work up a sweat.
Alternatively, you can return to Telok Blangah Hill Park and bask under the afternoon sun.
Picturesque view from the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore
How do I get to Henderson?
If you are travelling to Henderson Road by bus, there is a bus stop located below Henderson Waves. You can take the MRT to Redhill station, and take service 145 till “Bef Telok Blangah Hts”. After alighting, you will be able to see the iconic bridge, and a staircase leading up to it. Other bus services that ply the area are:
The nearest MRT station to Henderson is Telok Blangah station. Take exit A and cross the overhead bridge to the bus stop opposite the station. Board bus 176 and alight before Bukit Merah Central – it’ll be a 7 minutes walk from there.
What are some notable properties in Henderson?
Peace and tranquillity amidst verdant greenery are just one of the many perks of living at Henderson. These luxurious residential properties are just a short 5 minute drive from Henderson Waves:
Not too keen on condominiums? Check out these HDB flats at Telok Blangah instead.