Off The Beaten Track: Seletar Aerospace & Surrounds (& A Hidden Cinema You Never Realised Existed!)

If you’re looking for a completely different environment to spend a half or full day exploring, consider the Seletar Aerospace & surrounds.

Seletar

This place is best explored with your own transport (personal mobility devices counted), unless you narrow down to one or two specific locations and take a bus or taxi.

This is the third part of a series of places in Seletar Aerospace to visit; click on the series box above to check out strange sights in Seletar Aerospace and my experience at Youngs Restaurant at the Oval (a newly-developing Dempsey-like chill out area with fewer people, for now).

So what could you possibly do at Seletar Aerospace?

Let’s get acquainted with the major destinations which are suitable for families of all ages, couples and even gatherings of friends just kaypoh-ing around the area.

If you’re sick of the usual places to go on a family outing, romantic date (Valentine’s Day is coming) or chill with friends, you should consider exploring the Seletar Aerospace area and surrounds.

(Psst: scroll to the bottom to see where the hidden cinema is!)

1. East and South Side of Seletar Aerospace 

Seletar

Credit: Street Directory

Eating:

#8 Soek Seng Bicycle Cafe (popular with all ages, cyclists, with a great view of the runway)

#13 Canteen 398 at Piccadilly (super kampung-style canteen frequented by soldiers at the nearby camp)

Seletar canteen 398 Piccadilly

Exploring:

Read more about sights and activities of #1 to #13 here.

Seletar Colonial house

2. West and South side of Seletar Aerospace

Seletar

Credit: Street Directory

Eating:

The Oval (read more further down the article)

Soek Seng Bicycle Cafe

Canteen 398 at Piccadilly

Seletar Golf Course eats (I haven’t explored yet)

Seletar Airport Passenger Terminal (there’s one vending machine there, and more vehicles than humans as far as I could see)

Seletar Airport

Seletar Airport

ST Aerospace canteen (it looks like a private canteen only for staff)

Sightseeing:

Yishun dam and surrounds (This place is so happening, people even transport their tents, sofas and BBQ pits here. Many aspiring fishermen regularly trespass into the restricted area and get arrested. There is a private fishing village where topless uncles live with generators, outdoor portable toilets and enjoy the last vestiges of kampung life by the sea in Singapore, with aerospace MNCs just across the road.)

Animal Resort at Seletar West Farmway (Bring your kids here to interact with a horse, rabbits, guinea pigs, various fowl, fish and dogs. You can purchase animal feed. Free parking but limited lots. Bring insect repellent and don’t complain to AVA about the animals.)

Seletar animal Resort

Seletar animal Resort

Seletar animal Resort

Seletar animal Resort

Seletar animal Resort

Seletar animal Resort

3. The Oval at Seletar Aerospace

Seletar aerospace park the oval map

Seletar the oval

Credit: Street Directory

Directions from TPE in red

Parking is free in blue “P”

Eating:

Youngs Restaurant and nearby Teochew Restaurant in red pin on map above

Seletar the oval youngs

Wheeler’s Estate in “W” on map above

Seletar the oval wheelers

Seletar the oval wheelers

Check out a list of eateries and destinations here.

Seletar restaurant

Seletar restaurant

Seletar restaurant

Seletar restaurant

Sightseeing:

If you explore the North-west side of the Oval (the XXXX on the map above), there are many dilapidated, unused colonial bungalows which I feel could have been better maintained and rented out.

I even saw one bungalow with its own path leading straight to the runway! Walk here at night for the extra creepy feeling.

Seletar aerospace park the oval boardwalk
During the day, you can visit the boardwalk (right next to the runway) and airplane-themed playground with your kids.

Seletar Airport

4. North East of Seletar Aerospace

Seletar

Credit: Street Directory

Eating/Phototaking:

Marina Country Club (list of eateries here)

Seletar marina Country club

Seletar marina Country club

Seletar marina Country club

Seletar marina Country club

There’s a Park Connector that from Marina Country Club that leads to Punggol End, and extends to Coney Island.

You can rent bicycles from Wheeelers.

Seletar marina Country club

Sand dunes along the road… with pipes sticking out of their bases.

Seletar sand dune

Rainbow-coloured PPT 1B dormitories for migrant workers opposite Marina Country Club (It’s like a mini heartland mall for these migrant workers so they can choose to save money on travelling outside to the nearest centre which is Punggol. There’re even a cinema, gym, minimart, barber, mobile phone store, canteen, ATM and exercise areas inside!!)

Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar migrant foreign worker dormitory

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Seletar Aerospace and surrounds never ceases to amaze me, and I bet there are many more hidden gems inside this part of Singapore which is an eclectic mishmash of kampung X colonial X military X aerospace industrial park X sand dunes X marina X foreign worker dormitory X unexplored, undeveloped land.


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