Exploring Mount Faber and Henderson Waves

3/28/11

Mount Faber is a misnomer. They should have named it Mound Faber, because it really isn't much more than that. It used to be called Telok Blangah Hill until the man who cleared a road to the top of it decided he wanted the hill named after him. There is a merlion statue at the top, and a terraced area where you can walk around and take photos of the neighboring areas.
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Merlion, I love you this much.

Despite my disillusionment with what I thought would be a morning hike (this is the first time I've been on a hiking trail comprised of stairs and sidewalks), we had a pleasant morning here this past weekend. 
 A view from the top of Mount Faber towards Telok Blangah. It was a bit hazy the day we went.

The view of Singapore from Mount Faber is good on a clear day, and if you aren't afraid of heights you can ride the Jewel Box cable cars to Sentosa Island and back. There are a few restaurants at the top of Mount Faber, too. 
You can also access the Henderson Waves from Mount Faber. Henderson Waves is the tallest pedestrian bridge in Singapore and at night is beautifully illuminated with LED lights. It is part of a series of trails called the Southern Ridges which connects parks in the southern part of Singapore. We didn't see it at night, but the bridge is still pretty spectacular during the day. 
Henderson Waves, the coolest looking pedestrian bridge I've ever seen.

And here are some gratuitous dog photos I took later that day. 
Stan and Jeff taking a nap together. 
 Little Joe. He'd rather nap alone.

If you're interested in visiting Mount Faber and Henderson Waves, it can be done in less than a few hours. It will take you longer if you decide to continue your journey through the rest of the Southern Ridges. You can even take a cab all the way to the top of Mount Faber (and back to the bottom, if you don't feel like walking down stairs to get back down). Go on a clear day for a better view. Check out the Singapore Parks and Gardens page here for more information.

15 comments:

  1. I ran a race up that place last year. It felt like Cliff Faber.

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  2. I love the picture of cuddly Stanley and blue Joe Joe. Can't wait for all of us to be reunited on the big, comfy couch. I'll take you on a real hike too.

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  3. @Kiersten yeah standing at the top, it does sorta feel like a cliff. I thought it would be much taller.

    @Fauna the dogs got shaved. They look weirder now.

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  4. Ahahahahaha I love that photo of Jeff and Stan! Cuddling up...

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  5. A hike featuring stairs, sidewalks, LED lights, and a possible cab ride. Gotta love Singapore.

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  6. I always come here for your beautiful photography....never knew there was another merlion up here. Looks like you're surfing the waves and holding the merlion for dear life ;-)

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  7. That pedestrian bridge looks pretty precarious to me...my poor balance would result in another broken leg just as this one is finally healed!

    Love the Jeff and the puppy shot!

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  8. Your blog is my first time seeing the Henderson Waves -- very cool! I'll have to check it out.

    PS. a friend of mine has a dog that looks *exactly* like yours. If you want to start a 20-something-expats-with-dogs-that-look-like-lambs club I can introduce you.

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  9. I logged on to comment on your doggies, and saw Tanya's post. I also have a dog that looks like a lamb! I could be in the club!

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  10. people actually walk over that waves bridge or is it like a a giant tunnel? maybe it just appears to be giant and its low to the ground? ahroof da rotos of raroyz!

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  11. The waves cover half of the bridge. It is not a timberland. It's pretty high off the ground.

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  12. That was supposed to say "tunnel" not "timberland." That's what I get for answering comments on the bus.

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  13. The waves cover half of the bridge. It is not a timberland. It's pretty high off the ground.

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  14. Your blog is my first time seeing the Henderson Waves -- very cool! I'll have to check it out.

    PS. a friend of mine has a dog that looks *exactly* like yours. If you want to start a 20-something-expats-with-dogs-that-look-like-lambs club I can introduce you.

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  15. @Kiersten yeah standing at the top, it does sorta feel like a cliff. I thought it would be much taller.

    @Fauna the dogs got shaved. They look weirder now.

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