Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Sungei Pandan


Sungei Pandan is situated in the southwest of Singapore. The upper reaches of the river runs to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE). It also branches out to Sungei Ulu Pandan at the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). The mouth of the river opens out to the sea next to West Coast Park. Part of the lower reaches of the river has been dammed to form the Pandan Reservoir.
Most parts of the upper reaches of Sungei Pandan have been canalised with cemented banks and substrates. Water from nearby estates drains into this canal. Lining the banks of the river are the Pandan Garden Park Connector and Ulu Pandan Park Connector. Pandan Garden Park Connector runs from the Pandan Reservoir to the AYE while the Ulu Pandan Park Connector stretches from AYE all the way to the PIE. Across the PIE, a continuation of Ulu Pandan Park Connector will lead users to Bukit Batok Nature Park where there are excellent opportunities for nature walks and birdwatching. From the park connectors along Sungei Pandan, visitors can spot woodpeckers, herons, kingfishers, and egrets. 
The lower part of the river still remains relatively natural with stands of mangroves. Here, visitors can find various mangrove vegetation like the Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea), Nypah Palms (Nypa fruticans) and the rare Api-api Jambu (Avicennia marina). Mangrove fauna in Sungei Pandan include the Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus rynchops), Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (Carcinoscopius rotundicauda), Mangrove Helmet Snail (Cassidula sp.), Mud Lobster (Thalassina anomala) and mudskippers. 
Getting there
Sungei Pandan can be accessed from a few locations:
  • The mouth of the river can be reached from West Coast Park. Take bus 176 and alight along West Coast Highway at West Coast Park.
  • Pandan Garden Park Connector can be accessed from West Coast Road. Bus 30, 51, 143, 176 and 533 ply West Coast Road.
  • To get to Ulu Pandan Park Connector, take bus 97, 154, 197 and 198 and alight along AYE; bus 52, 99, 105 and 188 and alight along Boon Lay Way; or bus 183 and alight along Toh Guan Road East.

Other Resources

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Pandan Gardens Park Connector. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parkconnectors&id=26&Itemid=74. (Accessed October 2012).
National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Ulu Pandan Park Connector. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parkconnectors&id=27&Itemid=74. (Accessed October 2012).
Tan, R. Wild Shores of Singapore. http://wildshores.blogspot.com/. (Accessed October 2012).

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