Hot spots in Bedok and Punggol

The new mobile app by HDB will feature different places in Bedok and Punggol. Here are some interesting spots in each of the estates:

BEDOK

BEDOK RESERVOIR

Once a sand quarry, this breezy area was turned into a reservoir in 1986 to meet the demand for fresh water. In 2004, it was opened for water activities including wakeboarding, waterskiing, sailing and canoeing. It was also a venue for the 28th Sea Games in June last year.

SIMPANG BEDOK

Foodies are spoilt for choice at this bustling eating area which has a variety of cuisines, including Mediterranean and Indian , and dishes from ayam penyet to roti prata. Many locals head there to satisfy their late-night cravings.

BEDOK JETTY

This 250m stretch at East Coast Park used to be Singapore's longest public jetty before the completion of Woodlands Waterfront in 2010. The Bedok Jetty is popular with anglers, cyclists and joggers.

PUNGGOL

PUNGGOL BEACH

Once termed as "Singapore's slaughter beach", this quiet spot near the Punggol Jetty was one of the massacre grounds during the Japanese Occupation. About 400 Chinese civilians were shot there by Japanese troops on Feb 28, 1942. The beach is listed as a historical site.

PUNGGOL WATERWAY PARK

Also known as the "Venice of Punggol", the 4.2km waterway connecting Serangoon and Punggol reservoirs was built in 2011. The park around it boasts walking and cycling paths, bridges and breathtaking views.

MATILDA HOUSE

This six-bedroom, red-tiled bungalow was built in 1902 along the old Punggol seaside by wealthy landowner Alexander Cashin. Although the building was named after his mother, it was a gift to his wife. His father, Joseph Cashin, was the first Eurasian millionaire in Singapore. The house later fell into disuse and inspired stories of hauntings. Earmarked for conservation, the bungalow was recently converted into a clubhouse in A Treasure Trove, a condominium development.

Yeo Sam Jo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2016, with the headline 'Hot spots in Bedok and Punggol'. Print Edition | Subscribe