Rivers of Singapore That Flow Through the Lion City

Singapore is a place where its rivers have always helped the city for various occupations like commerce and economics. The rivers of this city are shallow, narrow and short, playing a significant role in many areas and are nowadays modified into canals or dammed up.

Singapore River

This river flows along Alexandra Road and end up at the Marina Reservoir. This river is around 3.2 kilometers in length – as measured from its source that lies around Kim Seng Bridge to Marina Bay. This river is believed to have some historical significance.

Back in the day, the river used to be the ultimate source of trade in the island city state. Moreover, this river is also remembered for a vibrant and mythical past. Make a visit to get insights about the same.

Singapore River cuts through the heart of the city and was for many decades the main artery of trade and commerce for the British. Today, the stately Victorian and neo-classical Roman structures still stand proudly along the riverbanks, but they jostle for space with the many concrete-and-glass skyscrapers that have shot up in more modern times.

Kallang River

The Kallang River also underwent drainage improvement works to increase flood protection and “cater to potentially more frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change”, said PUB’s director of catchment and waterways, Yeo Keng Soon.

Built on both sides of the Kallang River, Kallang Riverside Park is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike. With its fitness equipment, jogging cum cycling tracks and water sports facilities, the park provides endless hours of fun both on land and in water.

Dragon boat teams and canoeists can practise and display their skills in the Kallang River while fitness enthusiasts jog and cycle on the tracks, which come complete with distance markers. Alternatively, head down to the café for an outdoor dining experience or cheer on the competitors in the water sports tournaments that are regularly held at the park.

Rochor River

A 1.1 km stretch of Rochor Canal reopened on 8 March 2015 following a four-year-long revamp. The revitalised stretch begins from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building at Victoria Street to Sim Lim Tower at Jalan Besar.

The project, managed under Public Utilities Board’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, has been lauded for turning a previously grimy and polluted canal into a clean pedestrian-friendly riverfront complete with benches, community plazas and rain gardens.

Rochor Canal wasn’t only a dirty canal or large storm drain. It played a big role in its neighbourhood, as a waterway that divided two historic settlements of Kampong Glam and Little India. It was also a water source for several industries and a channel for goods transportation in early Singapore. Indeed, to call it a historic waterway is no stretch.

Before the development of land infrastructure, boats and river transport played the role in transportation of goods. Bumboats did not only ply the well-known Singapore River and the quays. They also plied other water bodies like the Kallang River, Rochor River and Rochor Canal for transport purposes.

Geylang River

Geylang River is a canalised river flowing from Geylang to Kallang, in the Central Region of Singapore. With the formation of the Marina Reservoir after the completion of the Marina Barrage in 2008, the river now forms part of the reservoir.

Geylang River begins at Ubi as Geylang Canal, continues southwards under Eunos Road 5 and Sims Avenue, and turns westwards after Geylang Road and Lorong 40 Geylang, but flows southwards again near Guillemard Road, before turning westwards again after the junction of Old Airport Road and Dunman Road, through Mountbatten Road and Stadium Way.

Sungei Serangoon

A part of Serangoon Reservoir, Serangoon River is a crown jewel of Singapore’s ongoing efforts to revitalise and transform its water bodies under the ABC scheme. Its riverfront starts at the fringe of Hougang before making its way up past the new Sengkang town to connect with the scenic Punggol Promenade along the northeastern coast or with the lush Coney .

Trees rustled softly and their branches swayed gently to a passing breeze as I took the quiet path beside the river and followed it until I reached a traffic junction. There, I crossed over to a green space along Hougang Avenue 7, where the river emerges into the open after flowing briefly underneath the traffic junction.

Bars, cafes, restaurants and various recreational facilities such as indoor sports courts and prawning ponds soon appeared, followed by a small container park which is occupied by eateries-cum-social enterprises including Big Fish Small Fish (this is where their flagship outlet is located at).

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