Monday, May 28, 2007

Two Abandoned Houses in One Day

It was a fine Saturday morning, I thought the sun looked rather fantastic for a photoshoot. I asked nexus to to join me in seeking out the infamous Istana Woodneuk, located off the Napier Road, near the Botanic Gardens.
We arrived at Napier Road via bus 105 from Serangoon Central. We got off at the first stop after the Gleneagles Hospital. We walked up Tyersall Road, which is perpendicular to Napier Road and leads to Halia Garden of the Botanic Gardens. I have read that the road that leads to Istana Woodneuk, requires us to climb some fence. I thought that the old huge gate standing facing Napier Road looked impassable, so we walked up futher along Tyersall Road, passed the entrance to Halia Garden, until we reached Gallop Road. We did not find any route leading to the Istana Woodneuk, but instead we found an old building which we later identified as the Old French Embassy.

THE OLD FRENCH EMBASSY
26th May 2007
Photography and Editing by mybearbrick

All of a sudden, nexus thought he wanted to pose for my camera.
so I thought why not?
only to find out that I get the weirdest poses that sent shudders down my spine.

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We soon found ourselves back on the road. We decided that we should still look for the Istana Woodneuk. nexus suggested that there is another route along Napier Road. We walked along the road, towards the direction of Dempsey Road, one bus stop away from the one we stopped at. Beside the bus stop, there was a distinct clearing which obviously looked like a track. We bashed through some ankle high vegetation and some dangerous steep slopes. Within 5 minutes, we found the house above the higher ground. The Istana Woodneuk's former glory has been reduced to its present state due to a fire which took many part of the building. The roof is now gone and the second level is not accessible as the stairwells were not safe for climbing.

ISTANA WOODNEUK
26th May 2007
Photography and Editing by mybearbrick


once again, nexus wasn't too shy to give me a few poses.

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6 comments:

alex said...
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edna said...

looks kinda eerie .... did you sense anything 'strange' in there?

WILLIAM said...

it was broad daylight, nothing too strange to fear about.
:]

Laurens said...

always happy to do a TFCD for my pro bro :)

adeline said...

hi, actually at the big gate, there is an opening on the left side. can go in from there. but this route in is quite a long walk in say about 10 to 15 mins perhaps? as you go further in, there are 2 paths, one to the right, one to the left. take the one on the left and just walk all the way down. you'll hit the building. just for your info only..

WILLIAM TAN said...

adeline said...
hi, actually at the big gate, there is an opening on the left side. can go in from there. but this route in is quite a long walk in say about 10 to 15 mins perhaps? as you go further in, there are 2 paths, one to the right, one to the left. take the one on the left and just walk all the way down. you'll hit the building. just for your info only..


hi adeline,
have you visited there recently?
the last time i visited there was quite a while, and as i have mentioned, we were told that it was prviate property of some Malaysian and we were actually trespassing.

thanks for the update though!