5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Novena Stay A Lot More Fun

The residential town of Novena acquired its name from the church of Saint Alphonsus, most commonly known as the Novena Church. In 1949, the church was known to carry out its Saturday novenas, which means nine in Latin, a devotion that is conducted over nine weeks or nine days. Due to its popularity at that time, the town was called Novena.

While most of the places in Novena are known to be rather expensive due to their close proximity to the city, ST Residences Novena offers affordable serviced apartments that you can consider. In fact, it is conveniently located near many fun destinations and popular hotspots that you can visit. Should you consider staying in Novena, here are five things you can do around Novena to make your stay a lot more fun and interesting, especially if you are new to Singapore.

1. Visit the Church of Saint Alphonsus

This is where it all started and how the residential town got its name. It is currently under the care of Redemptorist priests. Besides its rich cultural history, its architectural design stands out from the rest of the town, making it worthwhile to visit even if you are not into the religious aspect of the building.

2. Explore the shopping mall cluster of Novena

Just a stone’s throw away from ST Residences Novena is a cluster of shopping malls surrounding the Novena MRT station. From United Square Shopping Mall to Velocity @ Novena Square, Square 2 and Goldhill Shopping Centre, there is a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, enrichment centres, entertainment and recreation activities to experience. These conveniences will most definitely make your stay in Singapore, particularly in Novena, an accessible, fuss-free and memorable one.

3. Step back in time at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

This memorial hall is a two-story colonial-style architecture design and serves as a museum commemorating the contributions and life of Sun Yat Sen, the founding father of China. You might wonder what that has to do with Singapore. That memorial hall used to be where his headquarter was when he was fighting the Qin dynasty for China’s freedom. There, you can find many artefacts and information related to his life.

4. Enjoy the pockets of nature

Singapore is known as one of the greenest cities in the world, thus, it is no surprise, you will find pockets of nature around the island. From the impressive Singapore Botanic Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir, and many nature trails to neighbourhood parks, you will find many delightful spots to enjoy long walks and be surrounded by nature. Home to several native and endangered botanical specimens, these nature parks not only offer a romantic setting for morning and evening strolls but you will also be surprised at what you can learn along the way.

5. Discover surrounding estates and town

Novena is strategically located on the city fringe, and it means you are never too far away from any destination in Singapore. Just a 10-minute drive will take you to the bustling shopping district Orchard Road, and a 12-minute drive will take you to the Central Business District and Marina Bay Sands. Public transportation is also easily accessible, with options of both MRT and buses.


Staying in a heartland district like Novena is, without a doubt, the place to live if you want to experience life as a local. While it might not be as exciting or as bustling as living directly in the city, Novena is relatively near to the heart of Singapore, it is extremely accessible and convenient, hence, there are many things that you can do to make your stay a lot more fun. In fact, just a short walk is Balestier, which offers lots to experience through its heritage trail.

ST Residences offer an affordable range of furnished accommodations, from executive one-bedroom to studio apartments in Novena, Balestier, and other areas in Singapore. Contact our team on WhatsApp at 9698 5918 or email [email protected] to find out more.

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