Heartland Gems @ South West

Little Guilin

Little Guilin

Bukit Batok Town Park

Constructed from a disused granite quarry, Bukit Batok Town Park is commonly known as "Little Guilin" or "Xiao Guilin", due to its resemblance to a similar scenic location in Guilin, China. The name “Bukit Batok” is derived from the combination of two Malay words: "Bukit" which means hill, and "Batok" which means cough. In the 1950s, the noise generated by the blasting of the granite quarries made it sound as though the "hills were coughing".

Address: Bukit Batok East Ave 5, Singapore 650242

Little Guilin

Story of Little Guilin

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) was in-charge of the Little Guilin project, which initially wanted the abandoned quarry to be filled and a road built over it. Before the preservation decision was made, the board surveyed the site and faced two difficult problems – preventing the place from becoming a safety hazard to the residents of the new town, and making sure it would not develop into a stagnant, mosquito-breeding ground.

By then, the water-filled quarry was one or two metres above the "safe" depth, and there were suggestions to lower the water level, but this would result in the water losing its shifting lights and sparkle. Hence, a low granite retaining wall was built at the edges of the quarry. In this way, visitors could be prevented from getting too close and falling into the waters while the water level was retained.

The second problem was more difficult to solve. As the land around the quarry slopes away from it, rain water tends to flow away rather than into it. But HDB’s engineering team in the end managed to locate a small quarry at a higher ground to supply Little Guilin with an adequate supply of fresh water.

The development of Little Guilin was completed by the mid-eighties. Part of Jalan Perang, a long narrow road that was once the only accessible way to Gammon Quarry, was rebuilt as Bukit Batok East Avenue 5. In 1990, the Bukit Gombak Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station was opened, providing additional convenience to the new scenic spot.

Urban legends in Singapore say that the park is haunted by the spirits of those who died in accidents while working at the quarry or drowned in the lake.

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Bukit Gombak Heartland Gems

The South West Community Development Council (CDC), in collaboration with Corporate Alliance for Good Ltd (CAforGood), LDR Technology Pte Ltd (LDR), SG Digital Office (SDO), and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), are launching the first of its kind, Heartland Gems @ South West Augmented Reality (AR) Trail on 2 July 2022.

This initiative aims to encourage residents to appreciate the rich history, culture and heritage of the heartlands and learn new digital skills in support of the Digital for Life (DfL) movement.

The inaugural trail at Bukit Gombak comprises 15 interesting scenic spots such as the Little Guilin and local food delicacies at the Neighbourhood Food Centre. Through the use of augmented reality and QR code placed strategically along the trails, residents can discover interesting facts and history about the places and stories of the hawkers and merchants, enjoy little games at the various spots and take fun photos with 3D AR objects.

For the convenience of customers, there are coffee shops like Air Pasang, shops and stalls like Top Durian, and Sin Chwee Mini Mart which accept E-payments and allow customers to transact digitally using their mobile phones. Customers can also use their CDC vouchers to pay for their purchases.

Come experience this special AR trail now, and enjoy the heartland gems Bukit Gombak can offer!