Slightly off the Rails

If you fancy visiting some of Singapore's quirkier sights, hop on the MRT and track down some of this lot:

Commonwealth MRT Station Take exit D and head to the food court south of the station and walk 250m east down Tanglin Halt Rd. This takes you to a spiritual, architectural duo, the likes of which you'll only see in places like Singapore: rising like a gigantic crystalline outcropping, the near-cubist design of the Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament offers a stark contrast to its closest neighbour, the traditionally designed Sri Muneeswaran Hindu Temple.

Yishun MRT Station When you get off the train at Yishun, take exit E and head north up Yishan Ave 2 until you get to the Darul Makmur Mosque. It's a large and modern-looking black-and-white mosque with a particularly fetching onion-dome tower, somewhat different to the more traditional mosques of the inner city. There are also a number of smaller temples in the neighbourhood worth checking out.

Ang Mo Kio MRT Station An excellent example of the Singaporean fetish for landscaping perfection, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden East, just across from the station (take exit A), is one of those magnificently manicured neighbourhood parks in which every tree seems to have been planted equidistant from the last.

Eunos MRT Station Though not as chock-a-block with temples, shrines and other random spiritual spots as Geylang, the blocks south of the Eunos MRT station offer some interesting surprises for those who care to wander. Especially beautiful are the Malay-style mosques in the area, and the very colourful Mangala Vihara (Shrine of Blessing) on the corner of Jln Eunos and Sims Ave E, just one block east of the station.