Jurong Rock Caverns Is A 40-Storey Underground Chamber That Mirrors The Upside Down In ‘Stranger Things’

Jurong Rock Caverns Is A Massive Underground Storage Space, Opened In 2014

Singapore is no stranger to architectural feats like the world’s largest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi, and the world’s largest fountain at Suntec City.

But did you know, we are equally impressive when it comes to building things underground too? Enter the Jurong Rock Caverns underground storage space.

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Boasting an astounding depth of 40 storeys, we can’t help but be reminded of the gate to the Upside Down world in the 2nd season of Netflix’s Stranger Things’.


However, unlike the creepy parallel universe, this site in western Singapore serves a functional purpose.

On Wednesday (9 Dec), Urban Redevelopment Authority shared gorgeous images of the stunning depths of Jurong Rock Caverns—which stretches 40 storeys below Jurong Island.


Let’s take a photo tour of Southeast Asia’s first commercial underground oil storage facility.

Water curtains at Jurong Rock Caverns

At first glance, the musky interiors of Jurong Rock Caverns make it look like it belongs in a sci-fi film.

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To travel below, workers will have to use an elevator to access the operational tunnels.

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Massive shadowy tunnels

On the lower floors are 5 ambitious underground chambers that help maximise space on Jurong Island.

Image from JTC Corporation 

Surprisingly, this massive network of shadowy tunnels can store around 600 Olympic-sized swimming pools of liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and condensate.

But don’t expect to find nightmarish creatures while traversing the darkness.

Image from JTC Corporation 

Moving our much-needed storage facilities underground has helped free up around 60ha of land above ground—equivalent to the size of 84 football fields.

Singapore from an underground perspective

None of us are strangers to Singapore’s landmarks and skylines located aboveground. Yet, these stunning pictures give us an underground perspective of manmade wonders found down below.

If you’re looking to visit, sadly, this site is not open to the public.

Looks like we’ll just have to live vicariously through the pictures and imagine ourselves finding a gateway to a faraway realm instead.

Or, we could just wait for ‘Stranger Things’ season 4.

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