Heartland Gems @ South West

Willow Trees & Ginger Plant

Bukit Gombak Willow Trees

Willow Trees

While walking around, you will be able to find the stretch of canal decorated with greenery, including willow trees! Willow trees have a long history of symbolism, with deep roots in spirituality and psychic abilities. They are also known to symbolize fertility and a new life - a willow branch can be planted in the ground and from it, a new tree grows! 

Did you know that the branches of willow trees are a popular wood to use in weaving and wickerwork as they are highly flexible and able to be contorted in ridiculous ways without any signs of snapping?

Ginger Plant

You probably had plenty of ginger growing up, but have you seen a ginger plant?

What are the benefits of ginger? It is loaded with antioxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. They may help your body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy aging.

Spot the Ginger Plant along the canal!
*P.S. The ginger plant shown here is Crepe Ginger, Costus Speciosa Variegated. It belongs to the same family as the Ginger plant but is inedible.

Plant Matching Challenge

Match the correct plants!

Experience Locomole’s immersive AR trail here!

Had fun learning more about your neighbourhood yet? Download the Locomole app to access our Bukit Gombak trail with 15 featured locations, with more exciting games and information, all at your fingertips.

Check out more fun AR trails too!

What is Locomole?

Locomole is an experiential discovery travel guide app with AR/MR enabled immersive experience driven by Extended-Reality (XR).

Locomole Tourist

A travel guide at your fingertips

Discover an immersive world around your neighbourhood as a local. Empower yourself with self-guided trails, local hotspots, places of interest and the confidence to get lost in their discovery.

Locomole AR VR

A total experience

Connect and create memories through local experiences via AR/VR features. Interactive learning and rewarding experiences through gamification and rewards.

Heartland Gems @ South West

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!