The hot spring in Sembawang is a peculiar attraction in Singapore. First discovered back in 1909, it was popular among villagers who believed that the water had healing powers. Now, after undergoing a revamp, the reopened Sembawang Hot Spring Park is where visitors can learn about the history and geology of the place, reminisce about the old kampung days by strolling through the fruit trees and edible plants, and of course soak their feet in hot waters at the pool or the wooden basins provided. A tip: remember to pack your slippers.
The town of Sembawang gets its name from the Sembawang tree – an apt reference, considering that the neighbourhood used to be filled with plantations in the 1800s and 1900s. This historically rich area is also home to the country’s former naval base, and till today, reminders of its maritime past can still be found in building designs, and even in road names. If you take a little tour around Sembawang, you'll notice that most roads are named after Royal British Dockyards and warships. Besides its stoic history, this quiet neighbourhood in the north is also filled with underrated finds just waiting to be explored.
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