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Kent Ridge Park, Singapore

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Kent Ridge Park is a 47-hectare public park located in Kent Ridge, Singapore, between the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Science Park. Due to its undisturbed habitat and abundant plant life, it is a popular venue for bird-watchers and eco-tourists.
During the Second World War, a hill in the park was the site of one of the last and fiercest battles fought by the Malay Regiment against the invading Japanese army, the Battle of Bukit Chandu (also known as the Battle of Pasir Panjang), 12 - 14 February 1942.
The park was officially opened in 1954, and was gazetted by the National Heritage Board as one of 11 World War II sites in Singapore in 1995. It is one of over 300 parks managed by Singapore's National Parks Board, NParks.
The area occupied by Kent Ridge Park and the National University of Singapore was formerly known as Pasir Panjang Ridge, and was originally a lowland evergreen rainforest. The park's natural vegetation now consists of groves of Tembusu, Acacias and Dillenias. When the first settlers arrived in Singapore in the early 19th century, they grew crops such as rubber, pepper, gambier and pineapple on the ridge. During World War II, it was used as a fortress by the British in the defence of Singapore. Many of these plantations were either abandoned or destroyed during the Japanese Occupation (1942–1945), which allowed such crops to grow wild.
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  • Kent Ridge Park is a very pleasant place to walk, make photo photos, beautiful scenery
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  • A little far from the MRT but in the heart of a technology park, Kent Ridge Park is really not accessible, I walked a lot before finding the entrance, in an environment not very beautiful ... Only to do if we're around.
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  • We wanted a nice but less crowded place to have a nice family walk Glad we chose Kent Ridge park as there was really no crowd Maybe it was the weekend before Chinese New Year that is why The walk from...  more »
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  • Clean park with many trails to walk or run. Good to see nice clean toilets up the hill. Workout area is well equipped.
  • This park has nice view of the southern ridge, with well-paved running/walking paths. If you like hilly runs, this is the place.
  • Great place to hike or walk. Start from Alexander Road and will take you about an hour to get to South Bouna Vista Road. The best is the Canopy Walk and the plants/ flowers along the trail.
  • Good for half day hiking and it’s linked to Hort Park, another cool place to check out.
  • I consider, this the best park in Singapore if you want to be alone. It has a nice guy introspective atmosphere.
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