Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Mount Faber

Description

Mount Faber stands at 106 m above sea level and is Singapore’s second highest hill. The hill, originally named Telok Blangah Hill, was renamed Mount Faber in July 1845, in honour of Captain Charles Edward Faber. Captain Faber built a narrow winding road to the summit of the hill for the installation of a signal station and flagstaff to complement military operations on Sentosa. The park on and around this hill, Mount Faber Park, is about 56 ha and is one of the oldest parks in Singapore.  

In 1974, Singapore’s first cableway system and the first in the world to span a harbour was launched. The cable car station sits atop Mount Faber and links the park and Sentosa. In 2005, the cable car station underwent refurbishment and was transformed into The Jewel Box which houses the station, a retail shop and four food and beverage establishments—Black Opal, Empress Jade, Moonstone, Sapphire. Faber Bistro, a hilltop alfresco dining destination, is located a stone's throw away from The Jewel Box.

Located between Henderson Road and Mount Faber Road, Mount Faber is connected to Telok Blangah Hill Park via the Henderson Waves, as part of the Southern Ridges. The trail at Mount Faber is known as the Faber Walk. It is a 0.8 km trail that meanders through the park and loops around the peak of Mount Faber. Look-out points at various sides of the ridge offer a panoramic view of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands. A mural wall depicting scenes of local history can be seen at Upper Faber Point—the highest point in the park where a tree was planted during the first Tree Planting Day.

The slopes of Mount Faber are covered by dense secondary rain forest with an array of flora and fauna. The vegetation on the slope also helps to stabilise the terrain.


Getting there
The nearest MRT station is Harbourfront station. From there, visitors can choose one of many ways to get to Mount Faber. To reach the top of Mount Faber and take in the birds’ eye view of the surroundings at the same time, visitors can choose to take the cable car from the Jewel Cable Car Station at the 15th floor of HarbourFront Tower Two. Cable Car tickets are available for sale at HarbourFront Tower Two ground floor.

Alternatively, visitors can take bus service 409 from HarbourFront Bus Interchange which goes up Mount Faber Road to The Jewel Box. This loop service runs at 30 minutes intervals and is available only on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from noon to 9 pm.

Visitors can also choose to explore Mount Faber by foot on the way up to the top of the hill. There are several footpaths around the park where visitors can start their journey:
•    Near the bus stop at Henderson Road – Bus 124, 131, 145, 176, 273, 408
•    Near the bus-stop along Telok Blangah Way – Bus 124, 131, 195, 272
•    From the stairways along Telok Blangah Rise – Bus 272
•    Through the footpath from Temenggong Road off Telok Blangah Road – Harbourfront MRT station

Other Resources

Mount Faber Leisure Group Pte Ltd. 2011. The Jewel Box. http://www.mountfaber.com.sg/. (Accessed January 2013).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Mount Faber Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=23&Itemid=73. (Accessed January 2013).
    
National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. The Southern Ridges. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/southern_ridges/SR_Faber_Walk.pdf. (Accessed January 2013).

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