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Little Guilin, Singapore

(3/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
Little Guilin is a park located in the precinct of Gombak, in the town of Bukit Batok, Singapore. It is a popular visitor attraction due to its similarity to the scenery of Guilin, China.Etymology and historyAlso known as Xiao Guilin among the locals, the Little Guilin looks similar to that of Guilin in China – a granite rock sitting within a lake. It was originally a disused granite quarry. In fact, the name "Bukit Batok" has been suggested to be derived from the noise made by the blasting in the granite quarry that now form the natural surroundings of Little Guilin.Together with Bukit Batok Town Park and the neighbouring Bukit Batok Nature Park, it occupies 77 ha of land in the planning area of Bukit Batok. It encompasses Bukit Gombak, Hong Kah, Brickworks, Hillview, and also Bukit Batok itself. Before being designated as a park, in 1984, the Housing and Development Board had originally intended to fill the quarry up and build a road on it. However, it was converted to a pond instead when it was realized that the existing quarry had rugged granite outcrops and a contrasting backdrop of green hills that gave it a pleasant look. Soon, the surrounding areas were also beautified and made accessible by placing granite blocks on the retaining walls and adding footpaths, lights and seating.
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  • Brought the kids here this morning for the first time. It's a fairly small but quite attractive park area. Not sure why but there don't seem to be any fish in the pond. Maybe the water is too polluted...  more »
  • This place offers not much to see. Just the giant stone and the small lake but if you enjoy sitting down looking at nice view, go here! It's so calm here. I enjoyed my relaxing time so much. Thinking ...  more »
  • Tempat ini seperti antitesisnya Singapura yang modern. Nyaris nggak percaya ada tempat seperti ini di negeri Singa. Meski tidak terlalu besar dan indah tetapi untuk ukuran Singapore tempat ini layak d...  more »
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  • Nice and peaceful on a weekday afternoon. Could be better if there's kayaking facilities.
  • I wake up with this scenery every morning. Nice place to chill out.
  • With the title of 'Bukit Batok Town Park' it's easy to miss this scenic gem in Singapore. From the name it sounds like somewhere a family would take the kids to play on the swings, whereas I think it would be much more appreciated by those looking for a bit of nature in SG. This is my favourite of the various quarries in the Bukit Batok/Bukit Timah area. On a day with blue skies and a bit of a breeze it is a very pleasant spot to while away an hour or so. There's not a lot to do but you can enjoy the peace and quiet, take a few photos of Xiao Guilin, spot turtles/terrapins and a few other creatures in the water and dragonflies and butterflies around the park - altogether a top spot if you are the outdoorsy type or fancy a brief escape from the bustle of Singapore's busier areas.
  • One of Singapore's natural treasure.. This might sound a bit drama but this place made me cry due to overwhelming feeling I had when I saw the place... It's truly one of God's creation...
  • Another of Singapore's more unique sight which was said to resemble China's Guilin. Nothing much to do there sadly.