About Us

The One° North Explorers [Registration No: 53180929C] (formerly known as the Singapore Urban Explorers) are the first of it’s kind in Singapore since it's formation in mid-2003 to conduct urban exploration and pararbex activities, a term coined by our team co-founder, Aaron Chan, - a portmanteau of the words "paranormal" and "urban exploration". The team originated from a forum, where members have wide ranging interests from urban exploration, photography, urban legends & myths, paranormal, local heritage, horror movies discussion, local archaeology to even the obscure thrill seekers who stalk the threads.

A quirky mix of members formed the core team from SgForums, originally named Urban Legends, and soon activities were planned for outings and meet-ups. Hence the ragtag team of ‘explorers’ and enthusiasts was formed, led by Aaron and Eric (with Andrew recently taking over Eric, who has relocated overseas; with the group reformed with a new name), armed with a common interest - to explore the world around us.

Being the first group as well in Singapore to officially document our urban exploration trips of local abandoned ruins, buildings and forgotten war time installations, we seek to incorporate several different genres catering to interests of our members – namely heritage, paranormal, urban legends and cultural folklores. Note: There are official urbex groups in Asia: in Malaysia, Japan and South Korea.

Our team tries to emulate the popular 90s tv local docu-series - “Hey Singapore!” and in more recent times - the highly acclaimed “Destination Truth”, with adventurer/explorer/traveller host Josh Gates and Anthony Morse with "Hidden Cities", on distant travels/investigations.

In recent years, with the onset of ugly terrorism worldwide, the unique activity of urbex, it's reputation as appreciation of urban decay, takes a hard knock. Often international urbex practitioners are grossly misunderstood as dubious characters and suffering from biased misjudgement.

The One° North Explorers' methodology is rather unlike fellow UrbEx groups in Europe, the Americas, UK, African, Ocenania, Scandinavian, or Asia. Different international groups focus on a wide range of topics, specializing in topics like abandonments/ruins/urban/industrial-decay, photography, roof-topping, draining or in certain cases folklorology, crypto-zoology or even purely for thrill seeking purposes. However, we do hold all of them in high regard as most of these groups are the pioneers in the international urbex scene.

Here in Singapore with strict laws and fast diminishing quantity of urban ruins, opportunities of pure urbex is severely limited. Our group, apart from a focus on mainly urban decay documentation/photography; additional elements include heritage documentation, folklore, urban legends and a look into local unexplained/paranormal related stories that are reported in our national daily papers.

Looking from another standpoint, we hope that through our efforts of exploring the underbelly of Singapore; we too aim to preserve the heritage of Singapore's fast fading facade through recorded text and media by helping spread such awareness to the general public, the importance of conserving our heritage and hence cultivating an appreciation of the past.

In light of the rapid changes, we find these steps extremely crucial before the complete obliteration of what once made up the fabric of the city takes place.

We still retain our flavour as a 'non-profit' hobby/interest-based group. However, we do welcome sponsors/funds/contacts/networking to possibly help us come up with even more exciting articles/documentation.

Members range from those who are married with kids, bubbly teenagers, photographers, writers, travellers, adventurers, architecture and building lovers and those who are simply curious to know more. Membership is loosely based, and recruitment is only via word of mouth. We do prefer not to restrict anyone with compulsory outings and meetings, explorations and events participation by members are purely ad-hoc basis.

Currently, our group consists mainly of auxiliary members, being able to do explorations on their own and contribute articles/information/tip offs when able to. Ever since our group's reorganization in late 2006, members are advised not to trespass on locations which are out of bounds to the general public. Unless unique opportunities present themselves or granted permission by location owner/in-charge/supervisor/worker or relevant legal authorities.

Global Urbex motto:
- Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints -

Affiliated groups & joint research:
Charles and Raymond Goh [API]
Peter Stubbs [www.fortsiloso.com]
Jerome Lim [thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com]
T.O.S.S Crew

Links :

The One° North Explorers Website

The One° North Explorers Facebook Fan Page

Our Original SgForums Discussion Page

The One° North Explorers Flickr Group

The One° North Explorers on Twitter

The One° North Explorers on Instagram

Forgotten places, secret spots, historical sites or some interesting information to share? Is there a location/venue you want the One-North Explorers to visit and document? Do you own or take care of a historical/heritage/interesting location that you think would make a good feature?

Do drop us an email!

sgurbex @ gmail . com

Meanwhile stay tuned, while we dig into our past photo archives and recall experiences to be put into words for upcoming articles.

Disclaimer (necessary in our local context):
All opinions expressed here in this , by members, are strictly expressed by the members alone and remain the sole responsibility of the individual author; they are not representative of any third party/organizations/companies, except where otherwise attributed and they certainly are not meant to reflect the views of the organizations of which the members are involved in. We strictly do not condone any acts or forms of terrorism, or any persons with such intent in our name. In addition, we look lowly upon and do not tolerate plagiarism/impersonation/masquerade/false pretence, in our name to perform activities/events/business to reap benefits, sow discord or ruin another's reputation or credibility. Please cross reference with facts available on online searches when in doubt, for one's own safety/reputation/credibility. Unless explicitly indicated, the author/s neither endorse nor take responsibility for any information or opinion/s expressed by any third party in any comments, trackbacks or links external to this website. In addition, all of the articles and photos seen here are copyrighted to The One° North Explorers and the blog owners, unless otherwise indicated/credited.

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