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January 05, 2009

Telok Ayer Park

Telok Ayer Park

Most visitors to Chinatown are attracted to the Lunar New Year festivities and the open-air street shopping during this festive season.

As for me, I am attracted to the open-air park attractions around Chinatown like this Telok Ayer Park.

Located at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Maxwell Road, this park can easily be missed because it is one of the smallest parks in Singapore. Without the prominent Nparks sign-board, I initially thought that the foot paths would lead me up into the hills between buildings.

Photograph: EW15 Tanjong Pagar MRT exit at Telok Ayer Park.

An MRT exit from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station (EW15) brings MRT travellers right to the doorstep of Telok Ayer Park. A bus-stop along Maxwell Road offers another convenient route to reach this park in Telok Ayer.

A good reason to visit Telok Ayer Park is to rest tired limbs along the park benches after exploring Chinatown's famous heritage places. Along Telok Ayer Street, not-to-be-missed attractions like Nagore Durgha Shrine, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Al Abrar Mosque and Chinese Methodist Church are worth an hour or two of exploration, complemented with commentary by a well-informed guide.

Another reason to come here is to enjoy nature at this tiny oasis of greenery amidst the built-up areas. Hide away from vehicular traffic, refill your lungs with fresh air and release body heat under cool canopy shade. Let your mind relax under the hypnotic songs of insects that sing to the wind.

I will not show you any picture of children's playground as none exists at Telok Ayer Park. I will also not produce any photos of fitness station for the same reason. The walking paths here seem to weave itself into the urban landscape that surrounds the park.

I can't show you any picture of rowdy kids chasing one another because there is none. I can't show you photographs of pedestrians and cars chasing each other as that did not happen on the Sunday that I was present.

Photo: Telok Ayer Park has covered walkways linking MRT to nearby buildings.

What I can show you are pictures of Telok Ayer Park. Hopefully its essence of tranquillity will show up well. If you pine for a place to take a break from the human crush of Chinatown's pre-Lunar New Year shopping,

Telok Ayer Park could be it.

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Muhd Imran said...

No matter how small a park, but if it's quiet with greenery, it will provide tranquility.

I love that you feature such "oasis" within the built-up concrete.

Your entry is different today, with the ones that you cannot show... I like its ending.

Once again, thank you for sharing.

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