Yesterday, my boss told me to scout out the new Lakeside Garden that just opened its doors to the public.
Here’s how the conversation goes.
Boss: Boon, go check out the garden.
Boon: Garden? Botanic? But that one a lot of people-
Boss: Botanic? If we’re doing that place, I’ll send a better writer than you over there liao. Go check out Lakeside Garden.
Boon: Lakeside…wait, isn’t that deep in the west?!
Boss: Yeah, so?
Boon: But, but, that’s so ulu.
Boss: Aiya, can claim your transport.
Boon: So I can GRAB?!
Boss: No. Take BMW. Bus-MRT-Walk. And try to take some photos, can?
Other than showcasing my boss’s lack of love for his lovely employee, it also proved that he’s legitimately a time traveller like my fellow colleague GY can attest to.
Because walking for hours on end is what you’ll do at that place. My poor legs.
25 Different Garden Features
Lakeside Garden might just be the opening phase of the Jurong Lake Gardens project, but it shows that the authorities are starting things off with a bang.
The Jurong Lake Gardens is a 90-hectare combination of parks, and Lakeside Garden itself is 53-hectare big.
And it contains features like a 2.3-hectare play area for kids with adventure stations and a gigantic slide.
A waterfront facility where you can play watersports on the lake & more.
But activities aside, if you’re someone who looks for IG-worthy shots for your next photo or video, this park is perfect for you.
Jeju Island #Throwback
The first thought I had when I stepped deep into Lakeside Garden was, “Wait, am I still in Singapore?”
I kid you not.
Here’s a (bad) 360 view of the place.
The fields of grass & plants swaying gently in the wind just bring you back to the fields of Jeju island.
True, the plants haven’t fully grown fully, but trust me when I say the panoramic shots you can get here is amazing.
And if you get creative with your shots…
You’re going to get some IG-worthy shots out of this place.
Now you don’t have to travel to Punggol or Tuas for their lalang field, there’s one at Lakeside Gardens.
Forget Punggol tree. There’s now one at Lakeside.
And the rocky path’s amazing for some bokeh shots.
Verdict: Give it a couple of years and this spot is likely to be the next wedding shoot location popular with couples.
Boss: Wait, you didn’t use the company’s DSLR?
Boon: Oh, er…you can tell?
Boss: Yeah, I can tell. Your photos suck.
Yes, I’m never going to get the photographer of the year award, but if even I can get this kind of quality with my phone and non-existent editing skills, imagine the photos you’ll get with the proper gear and edits.
IG-worthiness is just a small part of the story.
For families, couples, marriage proposals, watersports and active people, this is the perfect destination to go to for the weekend.
Don’t take our word for it, just make your own way there.
How To Get There:
104 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618665
- Two car parks along Yuan Ching Road (opp Tah Ching Rd & Tao Ching Rd)
- Parking charges: Car ($0.02 /min), Bus ($0.03 /min), free parking available from 12 pm – 2 pm
The closest station is Lakeside MRT (East-West line)
- 49, 154, 154B, 240, 246 stop along Yuan Ching Rd
- 180, 335 stop along Boon Lay Way (5 min walk to Lakeside Garden)
- 30, 49, 154, 154B, 178 stop along Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) (2 min walk)
You’re welcome! 😉