Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle and Dragon Kiln

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle and Dragon Kiln

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle and Dragon Kiln
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A family ran business started in 1965, located in the west area of Singapore. We provide fabulous selection of vases, urn, statues, lamps and more from all over Asia at affordable prices! Not only that, if you wish to visit the oldest dragon kiln - google that, it's open to the public ( no admission fee). Hands on pottery workshop/ dragon kiln tour are available. Drop us an email for more details. Public holiday & weekends workshop schedule are on our Facebook page. See you!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,907 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This place has a very wide range of pottery and porcelain items on sale. It is a great place to browse. There are lovely modern plant pots as well as the traditional types and they come in different sizes and colours.
Bus 99 from Boon Lay Interchange stops at Clean Tech One. From bus stop, it is five mins walk to this building known as Launch Pad. There is a linkway to the park and the side entrance to this pottery place.
Jurong Eco-Garden which is next door to the pottery is also worth a visit.
Written 3 October 2020
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N K
Rishon Lezion, Israel2,321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
If you want to buy some pottery in Singapore, that's the place to go. It's off the beaten tourist path and, besides the amazingly huge selection of things, you can also see a real dragon kiln and go outside to take a stroll in Jurong Eco-Garden. Highly recommended!
Written 13 November 2014
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
The family-run Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle is an interesting place, it is basically several large storage areas filled to the brink with ceramic pots of all sizes. I’m no huge fan boy of hand-made decorative pots or jugs – the ceramic kind, but jesus...the variety here is massive, there is probably something for everyone, my neighbour who likes guns & women loved his flower-patterned vase, very appropriate for Spring he commented. Beware if looking for something small much of the souvenirs & trinkets are imported from China so look carefully if after something unique but nonetheless their China-shop is a maze of cool stuff. I think it is possible for them to prepare large pots for overseas transport but it’s pretty fragile stuff. We couldn’t leave without buying something nice & lucky for us they accepted our foreign credit cards.

The Dragon Kiln is the real star of the Pottery Jungle is a crudely built home-made oven, backyard-style. Built from bricks & the sweat off the back of their grandfather, it is no engineering marvel nor is it aesthetically pretty but it is a good effort for an illiterate farmer from China. From an engineering-architectural point of view it looks like it was built by an illiterate farmer from China. The brick exterior is covered over with dirt to help trap heat inside. Being long & slopped downwards helps as the wood fuel burns from the bottom end inside the curved chamber, the generated heat travels more freely upward to the where the pots are located, it seems like an efficient way to use heat inside this unusual kiln. Very typically Chinese, there is a small Buddhist shrine at the front of the Dragon Kiln. There’s nothing fancy about this, its simplistic nature, the lone incense pot with smoking joss sticks & a bowl of fruit offerings left the largest impression on me. When the Dragon Kiln is lit twice a year there follows a lot of ceremony, Chinese superstition & a festive atmosphere where many tourists show up, making it a bit of a spectacle. With all this ceremony & culture aside, a profitable outcome is what I’d be praying to Buddha for.

There are weekend pot-making sessions where you can join classes using the clay-wheel, it is somewhere around $45-50 SGD per adult & $25 SGD per child for a 90 min session, certainly expensive for families but if your divorced….

The previous reviewer mentioned that there are a lot of mosquitoes around, this is very true & a good point raised. Those little mozzies were hiding in every dark corner & crevice flying out to attack my legs like it was a free BBQ in Jakarta. Remember the aeroguard insect repellent & have a great weekend.

We caught a taxi to the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle & Dragon Kiln from Clementi MRT station which cost around $12.00 SGD although the place is located in the Jurong West area. Staff were more than happy to call a taxi for us afterwards, they have a local group of drivers who they use on a regular basis however at this time they were unable to get a driver in peak hour so we had to walk out to the main road on Jalan Bahar & crossed the road where we took an SBS bus to Boon Lay MRT station 15 mins away where it was a 45 min train ride back to the city centre & cost under $5 SGD. The SBS bus uses the same transport pass as the MRT or you can pay around $1.00 SGD in cash.
Written 7 October 2014
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hawdownunder
Sydney119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This wonderful 'dragon kiln' is a timber fired brick kiln snaking up a hillside in Singapore, under threat from encroaching development and loss of Jungle. It is fired once a year and would be a sight to see. There are regular pottery workshops and atmospheric buildings full of ceramics for purchase. This sight is a glimpse of another world, before Singapore became a high tech hub of commerce.
Written 13 March 2017
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Aija B
Sydney, Australia198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
This is Singapores most interesting well hidden gem. It is like a museum of old and forgotten pottery and art, where you can actually buy things you like at reasonable prices. The place has 70 year old large Dragon Kiln that you can see and explore, it is actually in working condition. They run fun workshops for kids and groups. But most importantly the place has a relaxing feel and interesting interplay with natural setting and shelves and shelves of vases and pots and plates and cups and all sorts of curios smaller items and even some furniture. I've now gone several times and taken some of my friends (who all loved it) and I always discover something new there. It is not that difficult to get to when you are in SIngapores west side, take the green line to Boon Lay jump on 199 bus, get of just before Nanyang technological university when you see brightly Green large Clean Tech One building on your left. then walk by the green building through the weird Jurong Eco garden and you well get to Pottery jungle. Or you could just take a taxi there.
Written 20 December 2015
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sillywillits
Macleod, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am from Australia and have been here twice now with my expat friend who lives here. I wish I could take 50kgs on the plane as there is so much stuff here I love. My fruit bowl at home is from here (last trip) and I always get comments on it. Got a similiar one this time for my bestie. She will be thrilled - I was for $35sg - soooo cheap. Worth a look esp if you like trawling through stuff to find unique pottery. My advice is go - bring cash, buy heaps and barter! Ps they wrap everything beautifully for flights home.
Written 20 August 2014
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travelmomsadvice22
Salt Lake City, UT1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We are Americans who lived in Singapore for many years working for a US Company. This place is a favorite for people from countries all around the world living in Singapore. We took our guests (tourists) that came to visit us in Singapore to Thow Kwang and they still talk about how awesome the place is (15 years later!) The prices are extremely reasonable and you can find all sorts of really interesting items - to either ship or hand carry home if you are a tourist. The dragon kiln is a rich part of history and Thow Kwang (fondly known as the "jungle") is definitely a must see in Singapore. The taxi drivers know where this is - just give the address of 85 Lorong Tawas and they will take you there. Go in the morning when it is cooler although much of the property is roofed. Our kids loved this place also - exploring and discovering so many unusual items - were very young at the time, but loved it on our visits back there as teenagers! Any age is right for "jungle".I have two beautiful elephants sitting on my front porch today from Thow Kwang and many beautiful smaller items that decorate my home and bring back great memories of the people, places and history of Singapore. Whether you are a shopper or a window shopper - Thow Kwang is the place to go!!! They have one of a kind items also that you will not find back in the U.S. - anyplace. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a truly fascinating walk through time and asian culture.
Written 25 April 2014
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LussyV
Varna, Bulgaria982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Visited this amazing place during my second trip to Singapore. Got there by taxi and the driver didn`t know they had changed the entrance but finally found it.The long drive was worth - may be millions of pots, vases,figurines in romantic environment waiting for their buyers.I was very impressed by wooden carvings and furniture.As you spend 2 or 3 hours in the jungle it is recommended to use a mosquito remedy.You can buy cold drinks or ice-cream there but no food.To go back to the city we couldn`t call a taxi so a man from the staff drove us to a nearby bus stop.The staff were very kind and helpful.
Written 4 February 2014
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Fyus
Singapore, Singapore123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Really enjoy the quiet, rustic atmosphere. Bought a ton of stuff (teapot, bowls, kamcheng, spoons and panels) for my parents and myself. The people were extremely friendly as well. Will definitely come again.
Written 17 September 2016
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Ruby Z
Singapore183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Everything is provided for. You juz need to get ready to get your hands dirty! It's an awesome experience for all!
TC the master, patiently went thru the steps to mould our own pen holder and basic techniques to personalise it.
Thereafter we get to experience the potter's wheel and feel how the clay bowl is moulded with the help of TC.
It's truly a spore gem.
Written 19 September 2015
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