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Unleashing Nostalgia: Exploring Singapore's Vintage Dragon Playgrounds

In the heart of Singapore, a unique piece of cultural heritage awaits discovery - the vintage dragon playgrounds, each a testament to a bygone era.

Built in the 1970s, these iconic structures hold a special place in the hearts of many. They represent more than just play; they're a piece of Singapore's rich history.

This weekend, let's step back in time and invite our children to experience the magic of these beloved playgrounds, trading screens for a dose of nostalgia.

The Significance of Dragon Playgrounds:

The dragon motif holds deep cultural significance in Chinese folklore. Dragons symbolize power, strength, and good fortune. In building these playgrounds, Singapore paid homage to its Chinese heritage, creating spaces where children could play and families could gather, surrounded by symbols of auspiciousness.

# 1 - Toa Payoh Dragon:

Orange Dragon Playground vintage in singapore
TPY Dragon

  • Getting There:

Location: 28 Toa Payoh Lorong 6

Nearest MRT Station: Toa Payoh Station (NS19)

Bus Stop: Opposite Toa Payoh Stadium

Bus Service: 8, 26, 31, 57, 59, 90, 90A

  • Significance: The first of its kind, the Toa Payoh Dragon is a pioneering structure that set the standard for playground design in Singapore. Its vibrant colors and intricate details make it a beloved landmark.

"Old places have soul." – Unknown

#2 - Ang Mo Kio Dragon:

ang mo kio dragon playground mosaic with orange and blue tiles vintage in singapore
AMK Dragon

  • Getting There:

Location: 570 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3

Nearest MRT Station: Ang Mo Kio (NS16)

Bus Stop: Block 570

Bus Service: 25, 73, 74, 74e, 88, 132, 165, 261

  • Significance: This dragon is particularly special for its distinctive mosaic tiles that adorn its body, adding an artistic touch to the playground.

#3 -MacPherson Dragon:

Dragon playground at macpherson vintage in singapore
Mac Dragon

  • Getting There:

Location: 53 Pipit Road

Nearest MRT Station: Mattar (DT25) and MacPherson (CC10/DT26)

Bus Stop: Block 90

Bus Service: 40, 61, 63, 63M, 65, 66, 66A, 135, 154, 155, 158

  • Significance: Nestled amidst a cluster of low-rise flats, the Kallang Dragon stands as a reminder of Singapore's architectural history. Its location adds a touch of serenity to the play experience.

#4 - TPY Baby Dragon:

dragon playground at to pa yoh baby version
TPY Baby Dragon

  • Getting There:

Location: 240 Toa Payoh Lorong 1

Nearest MRT Station: Braddell (NS18)

Bus Stop: Block 202

Bus Service: 59, 129, 231, 232

  • Significance: A contrast between the modern fitness corner and the vintage dragon playground can be found at this unique place.

Have a fun time!

Rediscovering Play: In a world dominated by digital screens, these vintage playgrounds offer a refreshing escape. They encourage physical activity, imaginative play, and most importantly, foster a sense of community. Bring your children this weekend and let them experience the joy of play in its purest form.

Embracing Blended Learning: As we celebrate the spirit of play, don't forget to explore The Kiap Family's blended learning tool. It's the perfect companion for educators, ensuring that learning is engaging, interactive, and fun.


The vintage Dragon Playgrounds are not just structures; they're guardians of cherished memories and keepers of cultural heritage. This weekend, let's embark on a journey through time, celebrating the legacy of these beloved landmarks with our children. Together, we'll create new memories and, perhaps, inspire a new generation to cherish the magic of play. Here's to a weekend of adventure, discovery, and a touch of nostalgia

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