SG HEART MAP UNVEILS 50 SPECIAL PLACES

Jul 28th, 2015

Home is where the heart is. SG Heart Map celebrates the places that define Singapore as our home.

Over a crowdsourcing period of six months, Singaporeans have contributed personal stories of their endearing and cherished places in Singapore relating to childhood, special moments, favourite hangouts and food places.

Through this collection of stories, 50 SG Heart Map places have emerged, weaving together memorable past places, meaningful new places and aspirations for future places into a rich tapestry.

Besides attesting to the special places where we live, work, play and eat, the diversity of places and experiences reflects the development of Singapore’s physical landscape over the past first five decades since Singapore’s independence.

SG HEART MAP 50 PLACES



1.Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park2.Bugis
3.Bukit Timah4.Changi Village
5.Chinatown6.Chinese Garden
7.Chong Pang Market and Food Centre8.Downtown East
9.East Coast Park10.Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
11.Gardens by the Bay12.Haw Par Villa
13.Holland Village14.Jurong Bird Park
15.Kampong Glam16.Katong/Joo Chiat
17.Little India18.MacRitchie Reservoir
19.Marina Barrage20.Marina Bay
21.Marina Bay Sands22.Merlion Park
23.Mount Faber Park24.National Library Building
25.National Museum of Singapore26.National University of Singapore
27.Orchard Road28.Pasir Ris Town Park
29.Pulau Tekong30.Pulau Ubin
31.Punggol Waterway32.Raffles Place
33.Resorts World Sentosa34.River Safari
35.SAFTI36.Science Centre Singapore
37.Sentosa38.Singapore Botanic Gardens
39.Singapore Changi Airport40.Singapore Flyer
41.Singapore River42.Singapore Sports Hub
43.Singapore Zoo44.S'pore Discovery Centre
45.Suntec City46.Tanjong Pagar
47.Tiong Bahru48.Toa Payoh
49.VivoCity/HarbourFront50.West Coast Park



Across all SG Heart Map themes, the “Hang-Out” places resonate most to the community when contributing their stories. These “Hang-Out” places range from the perennial favourites such as Sentosa, Orchard Road, Singapore Zoo and East Coast Park, to places that are relatively new like Marina Bay, Resorts World Sentosa and Gardens by the Bay.

Beyond the places where Singaporeans work and play, close to 25% of the contributors shared stories about their lives and memories in the different towns across Singapore. This strong sense of community led to a rich collection of sharing pertaining to their childhood memories, and their favourite food and hang-out places in their towns. 

SG HEART MAP HDB TOWNS



1.Ang Mo Kio2.Bedok
3.Bishan4.Bukit Batok
5.Bukit Merah6.Bukit Panjang
7.Choa Chu Kang8.Clementi
9.Geylang10.Hougang
11.Jurong East12.Jurong West
13.Kallang/ Whampoa14.Marine Parade
15.Pasir Ris16.Punggol
17.Queenstown18.Sembawang
19.Sengkang20.Serangoon
21.Tampines22.Toa Payoh
23.Woodlands24.Yishun

TOP HANG-OUT PLACES



1.Bugis2.East Coast Park
3.Gardens by the Bay4.Marina Bay
5.Marina Bay Sands6.Orchard
7.Resorts World Singapore8.Sentosa
9.Singapore Changi Airport10.Singapore Zoo



SG HEART MAP 50 PLACES


altAs one of the largest urban parks in central Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park with its lush greenery is a great place for families to have a fun day out. Under the PUB’s Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC) Programme, the old concrete canal has been naturalised into a beautiful 3 km meandering river with lush banks of wildflowers, making it a popular choice with nearby residents for recreational activities.

Click to view story contributed by Aaron Chan:

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altPossibly named after the kampong of the Buginese people located along Rochor River, Bugis Street today lies between Victoria Street and Queen Street. Today's Bugis Street is a sky-lit shopping arcade flanked by quaint historic shophouses and well known amongst locals and tourists for its knick knacks and local delicacies.

Click to view story contributed by Low Swee Sheen:

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altFrom a rural backdrop, Bukit Timah has evolved into a modern and upper-class district lined with private residences, educational institutions, dining and entertainment spots. The district is teeming with lush greenery and tells of its rich heritage through notable historical wartime sites.

Click to view story contributed by Tai Lee Siang:

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altChangi Village's seaside setting, rustic feeling and relaxing environment features a wide array of leisure activities for the family including picnic, leisurely walk along the coast and watching a sunset or sunrise. Changi Village also features a unique historical ambiance through the Changi Chapel and Museum where you can find remarkable murals, paintings and quilts.

Click to view story contributed by Brian:

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alt牛车水, named after the bullock carts that used to supply fresh water to its residents, was historically a Chinese enclave. Today, Chinatown has grown to be Singapore's largest multi-ethnic cultural precinct where traditional Chinese festivals are celebrated. Many come here for the myriad of shops and food, both old and new; others simply for a game of chess.

Click to view story contributed by Jasper Yew:

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altThe Chinese Garden was built in 1975 to bring greenery to the industrial landscape of Jurong.

Inspired by and built based on classical Northern-Chinese Imperial style of architecture and landscaping, the Chinese Garden has been the place to go to for its Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations since the late 1980s.

Click to view story contributed by Janice:

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altChong Pang Market and Food Centre is one of the most popular centres located in the north of Singapore. It was built in 1984 and underwent the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme in 2003. It has a total of 56 cooked food stalls and 123 market stalls. Residents of Chong Pang patronise the centre for its wide selection of local cuisines.

Click to view story contributed by Fauziah:

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altManaged by NTUC Club, the leisure and entertainment arm of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Downtown East is Singapore’s premier lifestyle, recreational and entertainment hub which caters to the wide interests of youths and families.

Downtown East is home to D’ Resort, Wild Wild Wet, E!hub and eXplorerkid, one of Singapore’s largest indoor family playground.

Click to view story contributed by Oh Suan Kai:

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altEast Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, offering an invigorating and exciting diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities. With the theme "Recreation for All", the park has an activity for everyone.

Click to view story contributed by Gui Ming Wayne:

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altEsplanade - Theatres on the Bay is Singapore's national performing arts centre, offering a line-up of more than 3,000 performances each year for all to enjoy. The centre presents a roster of 15 festivals and 19 programme series featuring dance, music, theatre, visual arts and more annually.

Click to view story contributed by Venessa Neo:

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altFeaturing the best of horticulture, sustainability and architectural design, Gardens by the Bay provides the perfect edutainment opportunity for all Singaporeans. There is much to discover here, be it diverse plant life from the world's four corners displayed in the award-winning Cooled Conservatories, or towering vertical gardens that extend into the sky.

Click to view story contributed by Priya:

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altBuilt in 1937, Haw Par Villa was commissioned by Burmese-Chinese businessman Aw Boon Haw for his brother, Aw Boon Par. Today, Haw Par Villa - a combination of their given names, "Haw" and "Par" stands as a garden of over 1000 colourful statues depicting Chinese folklore, legends and Confucian stories.

Click to view story contributed by Nicholas Pang:

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altHolland Village is a trendy neighbourhood in Singapore. It is also a microcosm of Singapore, and provides an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options and a treasure trove of ethnic-inspired arts and crafts. It has a laidback charm and exudes a rich, distinctive and yet complex flavour, which is evident in its Dutch "ancestry" and English colonial architecture.

Click to view story contributed by Vaane:

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altOpened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Singapore's first wildlife park and Asia's largest bird park. The park aims to enhance visitors' understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. The bird park is famed for its large and immersive walk-in aviaries such as Lory Loft, Jungle Jewels and the recently revamped Waterfall Aviary.

Click to view story contributed by Wong Yi Ting Lecia:

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altKampong Glam was once the seat of Malay royalty in a traditionally predominantly Malay urban residential area that stretched from Rochor Road to the banks of the Kallang River. It was bustling with various cultural and ethnic activities. Today's conservation area is bounded by Ophir Road, Victoria Street, Jalan Sultan and Beach Road, featuring mostly two-storey shophouses of the Early and Transitional styles.

Click to view story contributed by Hemlata I.V:

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altRenowned and loved for its diverse and interesting mix of architecture, history, culture, food, activities and established Eurasian and Peranakan communities, the Katong/Joo Chiat area was regarded as an attractive residential suburb as early as the 1920s. Architecture buffs and heritage lovers can find colourful and distinctive shophouses in this district.

Click to view story contributed by Zhu Zhiwei:

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altA gem of surprises and cultural splendour, Little India is an Indian enclave brimming with the sights, sounds and flavours which fascinate the senses. Feast your senses on the plethora of colours from saris and flower garlands; the tantalising aromas of Indian cuisine; and the thrill of getting a henna "tattoo".

Click to view story contributed by Maggie Hsiao :

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altMacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore's oldest reservoir and can be seen as the gateway to nature. It is popular for a host of leisure and sporting activities like walking, jogging, taichi, cross country, canoeing and kayaking. The iconic bandstand was reconditioned and continues to play host to performances and solemnisation ceremonies.

Click to view story contributed by PL Lim:

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altThe iconic Marina Barrage boosts Singapore's water supply, alleviates flooding in the low-lying city areas and is a hot spot for recreational activities. Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore's 15th reservoir - the Marina Reservoir - the first reservoir in the heart of the city.

Click to view story contributed by Ho Chine Ee:

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altMarina Bay is a vibrant waterfront precinct for live-work-play in the heart of downtown Singapore. It is the focal point for the community and national celebrations, including the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. It is a place to explore, exchange and entertain; an endearing destination for all. As an extension of the Central Business District, it supports Singapore's continued growth and development as an international business and financial hub in Asia.

Click to view story contributed by Karen Ngui:

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altMarina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants and an outdoor event plaza. Its two theatres showcase a range of leading entertainment performances including world-renowned Broadway shows. Completing the line-up of attractions is ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands which plays host to permanent and marquee exhibitions

Click to view story contributed by Qiu Yan Yun:

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altThe Merlion's design commemorates Singapore's legendary beginnings. The Merlion, with its lion head, speaks of Singapore's status as the 'Lion City'. It's fish body is a reference to the other ancient name of Singapore, 'Temasek', which means 'Sea Town' in Javanese. Today, the Merlion is an enduring tourism icon, welcoming millions of visitors annually.

Click to view story contributed by 李嘉绮:

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altMount Faber Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore. Delve into our nation's natural heritage at Faber Point, the highest point in the park, where a mural wall depicts scenes of local historical events, and where the tree that was planted during the first Tree Planting Day stands.

Click to view story contributed by Jeslyn:

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altThe National Library Board (NLB) promotes reading and information literacy, as well as knowledge and appreciation for local history through its network of National Library and 26 Public Libraries. It also oversees the collection, preservation and management of archival records through the National Archives of Singapore. The National Library Building, built in 2005, houses the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library and the Central Public Library. NLB will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in September 2015.

Click to view story contributed by Dr John Keung:

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altNMS is the nation's oldest museum, presenting Singapore's history and culture. It redefines the conventional museum experience by exploring multiple perspectives of history and cutting edge presentations. A cultural and architectural landmark, the Museum hosts thought-provoking exhibitions and is the backdrop for innovative festivals, film screenings, and year round events that resonate with visitors.

Click to view story contributed by Nicholas Choy:

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altThe National University of Singapore (NUS) celebrates its 110th year of founding in 2015, with Singapore's 50th year of independence. As the nation's flagship university, we remain in service of country and society, nurturing talents and improving the lives of those around us with high impact research and educational innovations.

Click to view story contributed by Teh Xiang Sheng:

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altOrchard Road is known to be every shopper's paradise. It is hard to imagine how the bustling boulevard started off as a humble, quiet street. Today, it is flanked by several iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, dining and entertainment choices for every taste and budget.

Click to view story contributed by Dick Lee:

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altWith its wide-open spaces, fitness corner and playground, Pasir Ris Town Park is a popular meeting place for cultural and social interactions among residents nearby. The centrepiece of the park is the marine pond, where avid anglers regularly gather to wait for their next big catch.

Click to view story contributed by Chen Hui Ru:

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altPulau Tekong is an island north-east of Singapore and holds a special place in the memory of many Singaporean sons. Home to the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC), it is where many young Singaporean males conscripted into National Service go through training that will transform them from fresh-faced teenagers to combat fit soldiers.

Click to view story contributed by Alan Ang:

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altEmbark on a trip to Pulau Ubin, where nature, heritage and history abound. Wander along its many trails and catch a glimpse of what life was like in the 1960s, or rent a bike and explore the sights and sounds across the island's rugged terrain. The highlight? Getting up close to the rich biodiversity that can be found on Ubin.

Click to view story contributed by K.Kangalatha:

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altBuilt around the section of Punggol Waterway and located along Sentul Crescent, Punggol Waterway Park is a great place for park users to enjoy a fun-filled day of leisure activities. The opportunity for a waterway arose from plans to dam up Sungei Serangoon & Sungei Punggol to form water eservoirs. The waterway and the new communal spaces along the promenade will provide an attractive and vibrant waterfront living environment.

Click to view story contributed by Mag:

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altFormerly known as Commercial Square in colonial times, Raffles Place Park was originally a rooftop garden situated above Singapore's first underground carpark, which was linked to the original Robinsons Store. It was officially opened by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1965 to maximise space and provide a green pocket for office workers.

Click to view story contributed by Rachel:

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altResorts World Sentosa, Asia's ultimate destination resort, is home to the region's first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A. Aquarium (one of the world's largest aquariums), Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. RWS also houses the Maritime Experiential Museum, an award-winning destination spa, a casino, six unique hotels, celebrity chef restaurants, and specialty retail outlets. The resort offers world-class entertainment, from original resident productions to concerts and public shows.

Click to view story contributed by Noraine Samion:

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altRiver Safari is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park that houses one of the world's largest collections of freshwater animals. Occupying 12 hectares, the park is home to 400 plant species and over 6000 land and aquatic animals representing 200 species, of which 40 are threatened.

Click to view story contributed by Athena Tay:

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altSAF Training Institute (SAFTI) was established on 18 June 1966 in Pasir Laba Camp. SAFTI Military Institute opened on 25 August 1995 and is a tri-service training institution for Officers, Specialists, Warrant Officers and Military Experts. The name "SAFTI" was retained to reflect ties and traditions of excellence and discipline inherited from the original training institute in Pasir Laba Camp.

Click to view story contributed by Fadzly:

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altScience Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution and a leading regional Science Centre. Over the years, the Centre has championed creativity by capturing the evolution of scientific developments through unique and relevant exhibitions and shows. The Centre continues to ignite young minds and foster new generations of scientifically savvy Singaporeans.

Click to view story contributed by Tang Shi:

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altMany Singaporeans hold special memories of time spent on Sentosa, as children and adults, with family and friends. Today, this iconic leisure spot with a rich, natural and historical heritage continues to bring fun and joyful experiences through its unique blend of attractions, resort accommodations, beaches and dining offerings.

Click to view story contributed by Tan WK:

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altEstablished in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens played an important role in the introduction and promotion of many plants of economic value, including the Para rubber tree. Today, it is a key civic and community space and continues to be important for tropical botanical and horticultural research, education and conservation.

Click to view story contributed by Grace Fu:

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altA gateway to the rest of the world and an icon of Singapore, Changi Airport, to many Singaporeans, embodies HOME. The decision to build Changi Airport was a critical linchpin to making Singapore a regional aviation hub. Today, apart from being a physical emblem of Singapore's progress from third world to first, Changi Airport has also become an integral part of the community.

Click to view story contributed by Paulin Tay Straughan:

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altAt 165 metres, Singapore Flyer is Asia's largest observation wheel and its nation's pride and joy. An engineering and architectural marvel, Singapore Flyer showcases the mesmerizing cosmopolitan cityscape of the tropical Lion City, as well as the surrounding islands of Indonesia and parts of Malaysia in all their glory.

Click to view story contributed by Jiang Iris:

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altThe Singapore River, with its three distinctive quays - Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay - is the birthplace of modern Singapore. The riverbanks are where the early traders first set-up business, from which today's CBD grew. Its historic charm, conservation and new buildings, together with the mix of uses are a draw for both locals and visitors.

Click to view story contributed by Andrew Tan:

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altThe Singapore Sports Hub is a 25-year Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement between Sport Singapore and SportsHub Pte Ltd, making it one of the largest sporting infrastructure PPP projects in the world today.

Opened in June 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub serves as a dedicated venue where Singaporeans can come together as a community to watch, play and support sports, lifestyle and entertainment events and programmes.

Click to view story contributed by E S:

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altSet in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo's world-famous "Open Concept" offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to more than 2,800 specimens over 300 species, 26% of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.

Click to view story contributed by Hazel:

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altSingapore Discovery Centre is an edutainment platform set up in 1996 with the idea to showcase the history of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Having undergone review over the years, it now functions as a body to share the Singapore Story and inspire visitors to have a desire to contribute to Singapore's future.

Click to view story contributed by Hovman Goh:

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altSuntec City is an iconic fun city comprising of 5 office towers, a huge retail mall and a world class convention centre. The mega mall of almost a million square feet has diverse offerings of merchandise, lots of F & B restaurants, eateries and food court including a hypermart. The latest attraction is the newly opened Golden Village Cineplex with 11 screens including 3 Gold Class and the Alive Museum which is an illusion museum that appeals to all visitors. For the tourists, the world famous iconic Fountain of Wealth is a daily draw. The new HD Video Wall at Suntec Singapore, the Convention Centre, has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest HD Video Wall. Suntec City is also the embarkation point for the Duck Tour and Hippo Tour.

In a nutshell, Suntec City is a City for Everyone that attracts millions of visitors every month.

Click to view story contributed by Jojo Tia:

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altTanjong Pagar is home to many iconic landmarks: from the tallest public housing flats in Singapore - the Pinnacle@Duxton to the Port of Singapore, one of the world's busiest. It also contains many significant cultural and historical sites, including Chinatown, the former Singapore-Malayan Railway Station and many gazetted conservation shophouses.

Click to view story contributed by Susan Lee:

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altTiong Bahru is a town in Singapore with architectural, cultural and historic significance. Developed by the Singapore Improvement Trust in the 1920s, these 50 or so blocks of low-rise apartments and shophouses were originally meant to house residents from overcrowded parts in Chinatown. Today, it is known for its distinctive pre and post war architecture, the Tiong Bahru Market and an eclectic range of businesses and eateries.

Click to view story contributed by Jade Kua:

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altToa Payoh is HDB's second satellite town. Formerly a swampland, squatters began moving out in 1962 with actual site preparation in 1964, and in time for HDB's second five-year building programme in 1965. An iconic representation of Singapore's heartland and a pioneer HDB town, Toa Payoh is today a vibrant town and houses the HDB Hub, headquarters of the HDB.

Click to view story contributed by Han Zi Rui:

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altSituated in southern Singapore, HarbourFront features notable buildings including Vivocity and Harbourfront Centre, and is well connected by mass rapid transit and other public transport systems.

VivoCity is an iconic retail and lifestyle destination with a vibrant mix of retail brands and concepts.

Click to view story contributed by Joshua Ler :


altThemed the "Play Centre in the West", West Coast Park is a large regional park located in the southwest of Singapore. Developed on reclaimed land, this 50-hectare linear park runs parallel to West Coast Highway. The heart and most active zone of West Coast Park is the Adventure Play Area that caters to people of all ages.

Click to view story contributed by Clim :

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altAng Mo Kio, known as “Red Tomato” began its town development in the 1970s with improved residences and community activities. Its integrated transport hub comes with air-conditioned bus interchange and MRT station. Modern conveniences include retail, childcare centres, dining and healthcare services where it is also a home within parks and gardens.

Click to view story contributed by Ling Li.


altBedok is one of the oldest place names in Singapore. Beduk is the Malay name of the great mosque drum used to call the faithful to prayer, or sound an alarm in case of danger. Biduk is the Malay name for a type of small fishing boat. It's anyone's guess which of these two gave its name to the area.

Click to view story contributed by Nina Liang:

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altConveniently located in the central part of Singapore, Bishan is an established town with vibrant commercial and recreational facilities. The town’s name and design are inspired by the Jade Hill Pavilion/Peck San Theng Cemetery which was previously situated in the area.

Click to view story contributed by Ben :

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altDerived from the word, Bukit Batu, which stands for granite hill in Malay, Bukit Batok is a self-contained town which boasts a myriad of commercial and recreational amenities such as West Mall and CSC Bukit Batok. There are also plenty of green space in Bukit Batok, notably Little Guilin, Bukit Batok Nature Park and Bukit Batok Town Park.

Click to view story contributed by Prabahan.


altNamed after the orange red hues of the lateritic soil in the area, Bukit Merah is a mature town with easy accessibility to parks and nature areas that serve as venues for recreational and family activities. Bukit Merah is also home to several national monuments and heritage buildings such as Church of St Teresa.

Click to view story contributed by Patricia Hing :

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altSurrounded with abundant greenery, Bukit Panjang sits at the doorstep of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Central Water Catchment. The flora and fauna surrounding it provides residents with many venues for recreational activities. Bukit Panjang also boasts an efficient transport system, which includes the first LRT system in Singapore.

Click to view story contributed by Salmah.


altDerived from the word, Kang Chu, which stands for plantation owners in Teochew, Choa Chu Kang boasts of a myriad of facilities such as Lot One and Choa Chu Kang Sports Complex Neighbourhood parks, notably Choa Chu Kang Park, provide plenty of green spaces and leisure venues for the residents.

Click to view story contributed by Nurain.


altNamed after Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, the Governor of the Straits Settlement from 1887 to 1893, Clementi is one of Singapore's oldest HDB towns. It offers a good mix of commercial and community facilities such as Clementi Mall, and is one of Singapore's educational hubs due to the proliferation of renowned educational institutions like NUS in its vicinity.

Click to view story contributed by Patrick Ng:

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altGeylang has a unique blend of cultural, religious and civic organisations. It has a rich history; mix of traditional and modern architectural and the harmonious coexistence of various ethnic groups are worth exploring and unique only to this part of the island in Singapore.

Click to view story contributed by Shane Pow:

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altHougang offers a good mix of community facilities and recreational options. The area used to be dotted with numerous farms engaged in live-stock activities. Hougang stems from the Hokkien and Teochew word, Au-Kang, which refers to the ‘river end’.

Click to view story contributed by Khairul.


altJurong East constitutes the area around Jurong Town Hall Road, the Pan Island Expressway, and the Teban and Pandan estates. It is part of the largest industrial area in Singapore. The area will see several new residential, community and recreational developments in the near future.

Click to view story contributed by Muhd Danish.


altJurong West used to contain swamps, low hills and thick jungle. In the 1960s, the government filled the swamps with land from the hill and Jurong was developed into an industrial estate with low-cost housing built for its workers. It is now the largest town in the Western part of Singapore.

Click to view story contributed by Joyce:

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altLocated near the city centre, Kallang/Whampoa is well-served by commercial and community facilities such as Leisure Park Kallang. The housing estate in that area is one of Singapore's oldest housing estates. Many popular food centres are also located within Kallang/Whampoa. Notable examples include the Golden Mile Food Centre and Whampoa Drive Market & Food Centre.

Click to view story contributed by Rajan Raju:

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altLiterally rising from the sea, Marine Parade is built on reclaimed land. Work began on Marine Parade in 1972 and by March 1975, over 7,000 units of flats had been completed. Built along the East Coast and covering 50 hectares of reclaimed land, it was completed in the later half of the 1970s. Today, Marine Parade is one of the most vibrant places along the east coast of Singapore.

Click to view story contributed by Hui Yan :

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altNamed after the sandy white beach along the North-East coastline of Singapore, Pasir Ris is a desirable town boasting of several parks and recreational areas, notably Sungei Api Api, that promote outdoor activities.

Pasir Ris is also known for its laid-back charm and the resorts located within its vicinity.

Click to view story contributed by Marissa Nair:

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altDid you know that this cutting-edge and award-winning waterfront town used to be dotted with poultry, pig and vegetable farms? Gradually being transformed into one of the most sought-after and iconic housing estates, it is the first eco-town in Singapore, that is rapidly drawing many new residents to the area.

Click to view story contributed by Anjali Verma.


altQueenstown is the first satellite town in Singapore. Queenstown has since grown into an attractive town that boasts excellent transport connectivity and amenities, such as the Queenstown Stadium. Queenstown is home to several historical landmarks such as Princess House and the former Anchor Brewery Bremaster’s House.

Click to view story contributed by Tan Poh Choo:

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altSembawang is an idyllic town that is rich in its maritime heritage which is reflected by the nautical designs of housing blocks and the road names within the town. With its comprehensive array of amenities and abundance of park and recreational spaces like the Sembawang park, Sembawang residents truly enjoy the best of both worlds.

Click to view story contributed by Cheng E Ann.


altLocated in the North-Eastern part of Singapore, Sengkang is becoming an increasingly vibrant town to live in. This new town in the making is undergoing rapid developments to transform to a modern 21st century township. Popular among residents of Sengkang, Jalan Kayu is known for its distinctive laid back ambience and delectable food.

Click to view story contributed by Nigel Lim.


altOccupied by brick kilns and cattle industries in the 1800s, Serangoon has since been transformed into an self-sufficient and attractive town boasting of a comprehensive range of amenities and recreational options such as Heartland Mall. An endearing icon to the residents of Serangoon, Serangoon Garden is known for its laid-back charm and food hangouts.

Click to view story contributed by Lawrence.


altOne of the first regional town centres in Singapore, Tampines won the prestigious World Habitat Award 1991 on 5 October 1992. 
Tampines is also well-supported by an efficient transport network. The town boasts of comprehensive pedestrian paths and efficient public transport network. Tampines is also Singapore’s first cycling town.

Click to view story contributed by Ee Teng.


altToa Payoh is HDB's second satellite town. Formerly a swampland, squatters began moving out in 1962 with actual site preparation in 1964, and in time for HDB's second five-year building programme in 1965. An iconic representation of Singapore's heartland and a pioneer HDB town, Toa Payoh is today a vibrant town and houses the HDB Hub, headquarters of the HDB.

Click to view story contributed by Tan Lay Hong:

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altWoodlands town is strategically located on the northernmost tip of Singapore. The town started off as a village or kampong and was named after the rubber trees which grew abundantly in the area.

The town grew rapidly in the 1990s with Woodlands earmarked for extensive development to transform it into a regional centre for the northern part of Singapore in 1997.

Click to view story contributed by Derrick Khoo.


altThe Chong Pang Gates are an important cultural and historical symbol of Yishun’s rich heritage. Proudly built by residents from the original Yishun and nearby villages, these monuments mark the gateways to a vibrant heartbeat nestled within Chong Pang City. To Yishun residents, it is the symbol of home.

Click to view story contributed by Shiva Kumar:

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TOP HANG-OUT PLACES

altPossibly named after the kampong of the Buginese people located along Rochor River, Bugis Street today lies between Victoria Street and Queen Street. Today's Bugis Street is a sky-lit shopping arcade flanked by quaint historic shophouses and well known amongst locals and tourists for its knick knacks and local delicacies.

Click to view story contributed by Foo Yong Tai.


altEast Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, offering an invigorating and exciting diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities. With the theme "Recreation for All", the park has an activity for everyone.

Click to view story contributed by Jodie Lai:

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altFeaturing the best of horticulture, sustainability and architectural design, Gardens by the Bay provides the perfect edutainment opportunity for all Singaporeans. There is much to discover here, be it diverse plant life from the world's four corners displayed in the award-winning Cooled Conservatories, or towering vertical gardens that extend into the sky.

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altMarina Bay is a vibrant waterfront precinct for live-work-play in the heart of downtown Singapore. It is the focal point for the community and national celebrations, including the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. It is a place to explore, exchange and entertain; an endearing destination for all. As an extension of the Central Business District, it supports Singapore's continued growth and development as an international business and financial hub in Asia.

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altMarina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants and an outdoor event plaza. Its two theatres showcase a range of leading entertainment performances including world-renowned Broadway shows. Completing the line-up of attractions is ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands which plays host to permanent and marquee exhibitions

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altOrchard Road is known to be every shopper's paradise. It is hard to imagine how the bustling boulevard started off as a humble, quiet street. Today, it is flanked by several iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, dining and entertainment choices for every taste and budget.

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altResorts World Sentosa, Asia's ultimate destination resort, is home to the region's first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A. Aquarium (one of the world's largest aquariums), Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. RWS also houses the Maritime Experiential Museum, an award-winning destination spa, a casino, six unique hotels, celebrity chef restaurants, and specialty retail outlets. The resort offers world-class entertainment, from original resident productions to concerts and public shows.

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altMany Singaporeans hold special memories of time spent on Sentosa, as children and adults, with family and friends. Today, this iconic leisure spot with a rich, natural and historical heritage continues to bring fun and joyful experiences through its unique blend of attractions, resort accommodations, beaches and dining offerings.

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altA gateway to the rest of the world and an icon of Singapore, Changi Airport, to many Singaporeans, embodies HOME. The decision to build Changi Airport was a critical linchpin to making Singapore a regional aviation hub. Today, apart from being a physical emblem of Singapore's progress from third world to first, Changi Airport has also become an integral part of the community.

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altSet in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo's world-famous "Open Concept" offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to more than 2,800 specimens over 300 species, 26% of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.

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