When one thinks of Boon Lay, what comes to mind is that it is literally to the west end of Singapore and surely not such a great tourist spot. But I was just about to uncover the treasures in this large suburban shopping mall outside of Singapore Central District area.
I had trouble whizzing through the crowd as several sidewalk stands with loud hawkers were blocking the exit of the train station, persistently selling their bric a bac. Human traffic here could get miserably frenzied during the weekends as it’s considered a favourite hangout spot for most of the foreign workers in Singapore. So don’t get astonished if you see such a big crowd loitering outside the mall. Warning to note: It is an absolute nightmare for shopping if you are in a hurry.
Jurong Point was first opened in 1995 and was renovated and reopened in year 2000. Apart from drawing crowds of foreign workers, it also attracts thousands of students from nearby schools, especially students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or the thousands of workers from 1500 factories and not forgetting the residents of the Jurong West constituency. The mall has been known for its delicious and great variety of food being served. True enough, the pathway leading to the entrance of Jurong Point is filled with hawkers selling snacks. You will definitely be tempted to check out each and every snack stall available. From healthy steamed buns to the rich Swensen’s ice cream. In fact, Jurong Point has provided the local community with the first Halal food court in Singapore.
Despite being a busy shopping mall, Jurong Point is bestowed with a simple, cheerful ambience. With large skylight glass beams installed and decorative plants indoors, you can still enjoy plenty of daylight and the great outdoors whilst you shop. Jurong Point comprises of over 200 small shops selling an assortment of goods from clothing to home furnishings. Its anchor tenants include Popular Bookstore, Liberty Market, NTUC Fairprice Supermarket, and departmental stores like John Little and Courts. The mall feels cramped with shops that are familiar chains which you will probably only expect in Singapore’s busiest shopping district - Orchard Road such as big entertainment cinema, Golden Village; Esprit, Lee Hwa Jewellery and many more. For all those staying in the west, why take all the trouble to head to the downtown region when there’s a well stocked Toys’ R Us right here at your convenience!
A unique service that Jurong Point has for its shoppers and certainly good news to all corporate planners is the rental of a multi purpose room located on level two of the shopping mall. Called the Oasis Room, it can accommodate up to 150 people and is fully equipped with a stage, sound system, LCD projector and screen plus a kitchen!
A stroll in just about any direction in Jurong Point will set you stumbling across something of interest. This is truly a fascinating place worth checking out if you are bored of the usual scene in the Orchard area.
Jurong Point Address: 1 Jurong West Central Singapore 648886 Tel: (65) 6792 8162 Opening hours: 10am - 10pm