Little Guilin at Bukit Gombak is Going to Have A Big Brother, ‘Big Guilin’, by 2019

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Are you more of a lover than a fighter? Or specifically, a nature lover.

Do you enjoy the burn of your muscles as you trek across the wilderness, with only a water bottle to keep you alive and well?

Because if you do, and you’re sick and tired of the usual trekking spots in Singapore, you’re going to want to hear this.

Little Guilin, after 34 years of being an only child, is getting a big brother. Finally.


Bukit Batok to Build 4.8Ha Park Just Beside Little Guilin 

One year and a couple months later, the empty plot of land opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC) will no longer look like a football field.

(Which begs the question: why is there such an empty plot of land? So that learner drivers won’t hit anyone when they drive uncontrollably out of the centre?)

Instead, it’ll be converted into a 4.8 hectares park. And if you’re wondering, exactly how big is that?

It’s about the size of 7 football fields.


This new park will be connected to Little Guilin and Bukit Batok Nature Park via Choa Chu Kang Park Connector.

The New Park Hopes To Bring Bukit Batok Residents Closer To Nature

Facilities planned for the park include a cafe, a trekking trail, a dog run (!!!) and a fitness zones.

The park is designed to bond people of different generations together, as well as allow older Singaporeans to keep up with the younger generation.

People are also able to do some community farming in the park.

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South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling said that it’s because of Little Guilin that Bukit Batok is known as an area with lush greenery.

National Parks Board (NParks) said that the park is designed to complement both Little Guilin and Bukit Batok Nature Park.

They will be gathering feedback from the residents and adjust the design of the park accordingly.

In other words, if you stay in Bukit Batok and you have a certain idea of what you want in the park, you can provide feedback and who knows? Things might just change.

Construction will start at the end of 2018 and the park is expected to be opened to the public by end-2019.

What Else Do You Need To Know?

Come, let’s take note of what we know about the new park so far:

  • It’s going to be huge. You can have seven soccer matches playing in the park. All at the same time.
  • You can run the new park to Bukit Batok Nature Park back and forth seven times and you’d have completed the distance for a full marathon. Give or take a few klicks.
  • The park’s going to be popular with both humans and dogs.
  • You’re likely to see people gardening in the park.

If you’re exploring the new park and planning to go to Little Guilin too, make sure you stay aware of your surroundings.

The vegetation is dense and when it’s dark, it gets really dark.

Though you’ve got to admit that it looks stunning from certain angles.

We actually film one of our videos there; check out the views.

Powderful, right? Imagine how its big brother would look like.

Just so you know, while Little Guilin is just next to Bukit Gombak MRT Station, its big brother would require some walking.

But anything for the gram, right?