Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Kallang River

Description

Kallang River is the longest river in Singapore, extending 10 km from Lower Peirce Reservoir to Nicoll Highway, and running through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Kallang Riverside Park. 'Kallang' is an old Malay name referring to a group of indigenous sea gypsies of Singapore called Orang Biduanda Kallang, who lived at the mouth of the Kallang River.

The mouth of Kallang River merges into the Kallang Basin which is further linked to the Marina Reservoir at Marina Barrage. Presently, the mouth of Kallang River is lined by the Kallang Riverside Park on both sides. The park is 7 hectares big and can be accessed from Kallang Road, Stadium Link and Crawford Street. Many water sporting activities, like dragonboating and canoeing, are held at this section of the river. One can also spot resident Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) along the river. During the migratory season from September to March, various species of birds can be spotted around the area.

Further upstream, the river runs through Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, where it used to be a concrete canal but has since been restored into a naturalised river. This is part of the Kallang River-Bishan Park ABC Waters Project, a joint collaboration between the Public Utilities Board and National Parks Board. As part of the project, a cleansing biotope is also present at the park allowing for the water from the river and ponds to be treated by plants before flowing back into the river and ponds again. At this section of the river, one may spot the Common Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis servilia) and the Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), along with a variety of aquatic plants.

The upper part of the Kallang River channels into MacRitchie Reservoir and Lower Peirce Reservoir.

Getting there

To get to Kallang Riverside Park, take the MRT to either Kallang or Lavendar  MRT station and take a short walk to the Park. There are also several buses that stops at the park: 100, 12, 13, 197, 2, 32, 33, 7, 51, 63, 67, 80 and 980.

For directions to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Other Resources

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=8&Itemid=73. (Accessed October 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Kallang Riverside Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=19&Itemid=73. (Accessed October 2012).

References

Yeo, D.C.J. & K.K.P. Lim, 2011. Freshwater Ecosystems. Pp. 52-63. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development. Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

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