Yio Chu Kang to Ang Mo Kio w/ Lower Pierce Reservoir

Yio Chu Kang to Ang Mo Kio w/ Lower Pierce Reservoir

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MacRitchie Reservior | Image credits: Unsplash

Explore one of Singapore’s oldest reservoir and go on an otter hunt in this charming hike along Ang Mo Kio!

Distance

9 km

Starting Point

Yio Chu Kang MRT

Difficulty

7/10

Ending Point

Ang Mo Kio MRT

The Hike

From Yio Chu Kang MRT, head along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 and Avenue 4 before walking along Yio Chu Kang Road to Old Upper Thomson Road. At the intersection, take the left turn to Lower Peirce Reservoir; the right turn takes you to Upper Peirce Reservoir.

Formerly known as Kallang River Reservor, the Lower Peirce  Reservoir was commissioned in 1902 as an extension of MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore’s first reservoir. The reservoir was renamed as Peirce Resevoir in recognition of Robert Peirce, the Municipal Engineer of Singapore from 1901 to 1916. It was then split into the upper and lower sections in 1975.

Today, the Lower Peirce Reservoir houses one of Singapore’s last remaining mature secondary forest. Rubber trees and oil palms can be found within the nature reserve, serving as a remanent of its former use as a rubber plantation. Be sure to visit the iconic Lower Peirce Reservoir Pavillion! Head to Lower Peirce Reservoir carpark (where toilet facilities are available) for a quick break.

Follow the provided route and hike through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a 63-hectare large park that features a variety of attractions including the Inclusive Playground, the Water Playground as well as the Therapeutic Garden. The land is  home to the internationally renowned Bishan otter family, a family of Smooth-coated Otters who have called the park home since 2015.

For those looking for a insta-worthy short, head to Recycle Hill. The hill features a panoramic view of the park as well as the award winning steel sculpture, An Enclosure for a Swing, by Kelvin Lim Fun Kit.

From there, it is a short hike along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 to Ang Mo Kio MRT.

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