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Best things to do in Bishan, Singapore

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Many hiking trails for various beginner or seasoned hikers. Peace and tranquil ”
64 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
Shopping Mall
“Shopping - Junction 8 is a popular heartland shopping mall for locals. If you wish to experience Singapore like a local, it may be a good place. Just take a kopi, sit down at the food court and talk with the friendly talkative uncle next to you. And it's just 2 MRT stations from Serangoon (Circle Line).”
11 locals recommend
“It has everything you need for daily needs- Great hair salon, grocery store, restaurants, book store etc. etc..”
7 locals recommend
“A nature reserve. Awesome jungle trail. You can do cross-country walk/run as well. As close to a real jungle as you can get. ”
6 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Our local market. Wet markets on Sat/Sun mornings and real local food. Try the roast chicken rice... or roast pork rice from the stall about half way along facing the road. ”
3 locals recommend
“Singapore (Listeni/ˈsɪŋɡəpɔːr/), officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state. It lies one degree (137 km) north of the equator, south of the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south. Singapore's territory consists of a diamond-shaped main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 km2), and its greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore as a trading post of the East India Company; after the establishment of the British Raj, the islands were ceded to Britain and became part of its Straits Settlements in 1826. During World War II, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from Britain in 1963, by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but was expelled two years later over ideological differences. After early years of turbulence, and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its human capital. Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: "easiest place to do business" (World Bank) for ten consecutive years, most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), 2nd-most competitive country (WEF), 3rd-largest foreign exchange centre, 3rd-largest financial centre, 3rd-largest oil refining and trading centre and one of the top two busiest container ports since the 1990s. Singapore's best known global brands include Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Changi Airport, both amongst the most-awarded in their industry. For the past decade, it has been the only Asian country with the top AAA sovereign rating from all major credit rating agencies, including S&P, Moody's and Fitch. Singapore ranks high on its national social policies, leading Asia and 11th globally, on the Human Development Index (UN), notably on key measures of education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, housing. Although income inequality is high, 90% of citizens own their homes, and the country has one of the highest per capita incomes, with low taxes. Singapore is home to 5.5 million residents, 38% of whom are permanent residents and other foreign nationals. Singaporeans are mostly bilingual in a mother-tongue language and English as their common language. Its cultural diversity is reflected in its extensive ethnic "hawker" cuisine and major festivals—Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western—which are all national holidays. The nation's core principles are meritocracy, multiculturalism and secularism. It is noted for its effective, pragmatic and incorrupt governance and civil service, which together with its rapid development policies, is widely cited as the "Singapore model". Gallup polls shows 84% of its residents expressed confidence in the national government, and 85% in its judicial systems—one of the highest ratings recorded. Singapore has significant influence on global affairs relative to its size, leading some analysts to classify it as a middle power. It is ranked as Asia's most influential city and 4th in the world by Forbes. Singapore is a unitary, multiparty, parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government, but is classified as being "partly free" by Freedom House. The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959. One of the five founding members of the ASEAN, Singapore is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, and a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned The English name of Singapore is an anglicisation of the native Malay name for the country, Singapura, which was in turn derived from Sanskrit[13] (Singa is "lion", Pura "city"; Sanskrit: सिंहपुर, IAST: Siṃhápura), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City, and its inclusion in many of the nation's symbols (e.g., its coat of arms, Merlion emblem). However, it is unlikely that lions ever lived on the island; Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named the island Singapura, most likely saw a Malayan tiger. It is also known as Pulau Ujong, as far back as the 3rd century, literally 'island at the end' (of the Malay Peninsula) in Malay.[14][15] Since the 1970s, Singapore has also been widely known as the Garden City, owing to its extensive greening policy covering the whole island, a priority of its first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, dubbed the nation's "Chief Gardener". The nation's conservation and greening efforts contributed to Singapore Botanic Gardens being the only tropical garden t”
6 locals recommend
“This is a local favourite for the best crispy prata! Inexpensive and yummy! Always crowded!”
6 locals recommend
Street Address
1 local recommends
“One of the night spots for local supper; Roti Prata, Ba Chor Mee(Pork), Salted Caramel Ice-cream and Beer! In the day, it's a stretch of Hippster Cafes like Pacamara, The Habitat, One Man Coffee....”
2 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Not to be confused with Aft Braddell Flyover, it is another nearby busstop that can get you places. The same buses as Bef Braddell Road but in the opposite direction.”
1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Uber is extremely convenient just by clicking the app, your driver is here. Look out for PROMO code offer here and then. Use UBER pool for lower fare to pool the ride with some one if you are not in the hurry. Key in promo cod before confirm your ride to enjoy first free ride.”
4 locals recommend
“Fatboy's, one of the most popular burger joints in Singapore. You can go for this, after the TreeTop Walk.”
2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Regardless of race, language, religion, and social status, anyone can visit The Singapore Buddhist Lodge and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery for free vegetarian fare. It is inherent in Buddhism to be giving, so most temples offer food to people who walk in, but these two locations are more picturesque than most and deserve a visit. Remember to be respectful to the culture here and to leave a donation if you can.”
2 locals recommend