Labrador Park


The historical Labrador Park is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban Singapore.

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Discover Labrador Park

Labrador Park, or the Labrador Nature Reserve, is situated on the Southern coast of Singapore and alongside Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Kent Ridge Park forms part of the Southern Ridges. The Park earned its name from Labrador Villa; a two-story colonial bungalow that remains intact in the park. Originally Labrador Villa was built for steamship company owner George John Mansfield in 1881 but today it houses the luxury hotel Villa Samadhi and Tamarind Hill, a notorious Thai-Burmese restaurant.

The Park itself is 22 hectares large and 2.1 km long, it can be navigated in around 20 minutes but is full of enough wonders to hold any visitor's attention far longer than that. It contains abundant wildlife, prime views of the ocean, and green space, as well as a rich history and remnants of Singapore's wartime past.

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- Ria Tan

A Historical Journey

The history of Labrador Park in Singapore unfolds as a captivating tale of ecological diversity intertwined with military fortifications. Dating back to the late 1800s, the hill off the main trail at the Park’s entrance served as a defence fortress – Fort Pasir Panjang – manned by British defenders to safeguard Singapore's waters.

Alongside other Singaporean forts, such as Fort Connaught and Fort Siloso in Sentosa, Fort Pasir Panjang in Labrador Park housed 7-inch Rifle Muzzle Loading Guns that were used on the advancing Japanese troops in 1941-42. After the war, the fallen fort was used as an oil refinery for a brief time until it became a nature reserve in 1951. Today, Fort Pasir Panjang stands amid the lush landscapes of a natural world that is home to 70 bird species, 11 butterfly varieties, and various tree species.

There are also other relics such as the coastal gun emplacements located next to the smaller of the Park’s playgrounds. From its origins as a defence stronghold to its evolution into a nature reserve, Labrador Park is a testament to Singapore's commitment to preserving its rich history and natural treasures.

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Scenic Nature Trails

Nature enthusiasts are in for a treat as Labrador Park is composed of a network of well-maintained scenic trails that wind through diverse ecosystems. The Berlayer Creek Boardwalk, for example, meanders 900 metres through mangrove habitats and mudflats. As a highlight of the reserve, it’s perfect for bird-watching and experiencing the park's diverse flora and fauna. If you’re lucky you might be able to spot the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole or the rare Paradise Flycatcher and endangered Sea Teak tree.

The Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, on the other hand, offers panoramic views of the ocean, making it a popular choice for those seeking a glimpse of the coastline including Keppel Club, Keppel Hill, Keppel Island, and Sentosa Island. The convenience of the boardwalks and paved walkways means everyone can enjoy Labrador Park’s nature trails.

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Labrador Park’s Rocky Cliff

One of the reserve's unique features is its rocky sea-cliff — the only one on the main island of Singapore. During low tide, visitors can explore this rocky terrain, discovering a myriad of marine life clinging to the rocks. Sea creatures include the rare Giant Mudskipper — one of the largest in the world — crabs, snails, colourful sea anemones and many more. Both the rocky sea-cliff and the surrounding 10-hectare coastal habitat were recognised as a nature reserve on 1st January 2002.

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- Ria Tan

Maritime Associations

Labrador Park is not just about history and nature. Inside the reserve, the Labrador Jetty is one of the most popular fishing spots in the area. On the weekends Singapore's working port is busy with large cargo ships passing by, adding an interesting dynamic to the landscape — a juxtaposition of nature and industry.

Other maritime landmarks in Labrador Park include the Red Beacon, which served as a guide for all incoming ships and vessels and the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a former navigational landmark. It was originally called Batu Berlayar but as the shape of the rock resembles a Dragon’s tooth it’s no wonder the name was later changed.

Family-Friendly Activities

Labrador Park is also a great place for families as it has various amenities, including playgrounds for children and well-maintained picnic areas. There are also lots of events and festivals hosted in the park throughout the year. From educational programs and guided walks, to outdoor concerts and community events that cater to visitors of all ages. Families can enjoy quality time in a variety of ways amidst the natural surroundings, making it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway or a relaxing day out.

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Our Thoughts…

Labrador Park, with its poignant World War II relics, lush trails, thriving ecosystems, and recreational offerings, offers a multifaceted experience for visitors of all interests. Whether you're interested in the history of the park, casting a line out, or watching the squirrels chase each other through the trees, Labrador Nature Reserve enchants with its diverse offerings.

Labrador Park serves as a reminder that even in a bustling metropolis, pockets of tranquillity and historical significance can seamlessly thrive, providing a sanctuary for reflection, recreation, and connection with Singapore's rich cultural and natural heritage.

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