Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Gems in my City: Queenstown

Queenstown was built in the 1950's and named after Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation in 1952. Previously it was called Wu Wei Kang.

It is close to one of my favourite towns; Tiong Bahru. Queenstown has its own charm to it. It has so many historical places that it even has its own map of the places of interest.

We did not plan to walk this route. In fact our agenda for that day was to get running shoes for the better half. We were walking from Queenstown MRT to Queesnway shopping centre, one of the locals favourite spots to shop for sportsgear. While walking and eating ice-cream (it was a really warm day), we came to The 'Butterfly' block.

The start of our trail
One of the earliest pictures. Photo from
Isn't it stunning? The apartment blocks today are of the same shape that it is only visually appealing with the use of colours. In the old days, homes were architecturally beautiful. Take Tiong Bahru and Dakota Crescent for instance. They add 'colour' to their neighborhoods.

We went about our shoe expedition before continuing on the trail. To a mosque that I had always wanted to see.

Quite a cool name isn't it!

It is quite a distance from Queensway Shopping Centre

It was named after one of the 5 warriors in Malay folklore and the mosque served as a praying area for the Malay regiment soldiers living in the area. It is now a 10 mins walk away from its nearest housing estate. There used to be the railway right next to the mosque but has since been removed when the railway tracks was decommission in 2011.

We walked along the stretch just to spend more time talking and enjoying each other's company. To those who would love to take long walks to talk or just take beautiful photos, I recommend walking along this stretch of 'greenery'. I found a website that documents more spots lile this. Have a look at The 'Green Corridor' . Such a great website for future dates!

I got tired after the 2 hours of walking. We went for a short coffee break and went off to Kallang Wave mall in search of his shoes. Till next time, Queenstown.

Where the KTM railway tracks used to lay

We wandered abit off the tracks and found this pathway. We believe that it might be at some point in time a small park for the kampung that used to be around the area.

The better half

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