The name Bedok has been in existence since the time of Sir Stamford Raffles. The town’s name is most likely derived from the Malay word ‘Bedoh’, as there used to be a mosque in the area that would sound its drums 5 times daily to signal the prayer times.
What Makes Bedok Town Interesting?
Early plans to develop Bedok into an HDB town began in 1963. Since then, Bedok has transformed into the vibrant town it is today, with a good mix of modern amenities and nature. Several developments have also been revamped as part of the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme for the East Coast area, including the Bedok Mall, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, and Bedok Integrated Transport Hub.
How Many HDB Flats in Bedok?
Population wise, Bedok is the largest planning area in the Republic. Bedok has an estimated HDB resident population of 196,400 and the HDB manages 61,100 flats within the town (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Bedok?
Bedok’s high demographic is largely explained by the affordable public housing in Bedok New Town, due to its relatively distant location from the Central Area. Besides public housing developments, private residences are also prevalent in the area, most of which are found in the neighbourhoods of Bayshore, Frankel Avenue and Siglap, in western and southwestern Bedok.
Many private condominiums are also seen sprouted around the reservoir as these private developments use “living by the water” as their main selling point.
Bedok Reservoir in the morning
Bedok New Town covers a land area close to 9.4 km¬≤ with some 42% occupied for residential use. It was formerly a hilly region and hence the focal point of orientation of the town is the special landscaped park and sports complex built on the higher ground of the town.
The residential blocks, as well as the industrial area, are planned based on the neighbourhood concept. There is also a town centre together with Bedok Mall and Bedok Point being built. The most notable landmark in Bedok would be Bedok Reservoir, which was created as a result of the deep excavation works to provide an earth for the sea reclamation work. Bedok Reservoir has grown to be a popular place for exercise and recreation, as it is filled with joggers and bikers on the weekends. Boating activities are also organized regularly.
Bedok Reservoir for exercise
Local Food Haven
Mention Bedok and the first thing that comes into the minds of the Singaporeans is delicious street food.
Bedok is home to several popular hawker centres (food centres) in Singapore such as Fengshan Blk 85 (which was made famous of its rojak by a local political personality, in addition to its famous bak chor mee or minced meat noodles and BBQ chicken wings), the Bedok Central hawker centre where you can find cheap and good eats such as fried carrot cake (chai tow kuay), fried Hokkien noodles, and hot desserts like green bean soup at only $1.20!
- Bedok Green Primary School
- Damai Primary School
- East Coast Primary School
- Fengshan Primary School
- Opera Estate Primary School
- Red Swastika School
- Saint Anthony’s Canossian Primary School
- St. Stephen’s School
- Telok Kurau Primary School
- Temasek Primary School
- Yu Neng Primary School
- Anglican High School
- Bedok Green Secondary School
- Bedok North Secondary School
- Bedok South Secondary School
- Bedok View Secondary School
- Damai Secondary School
- Ping Yi Secondary School
- Saint Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School
- Victoria School
- Temasek Secondary School
- Temasek Junior College
- Global Indian International School (GIIS), East Coast Campus
- Katong School (APSN)
- NPS International School
- Sekolah Indonesia Singapura
There are currently 6 Mass Rapid Transit stations in Bedok planning area across 2 lines, the East West Line and the Downtown Line. Both lines run parallel to one another and do not have an interchange station in Bedok. However, Tanah Merah MRT Station of EWL is an interchange station with the Changi Airport Branch Line (CG).
The 6 stations are:
- EW4 CG Tanah Merah
- EW5 Bedok
- EW6 Kembangan
- DT28 Kaki Bukit
- DT29 Bedok North
- DT30 Bedok Reservoir
The Bedok Bus Interchange opened in 1979, as part of the Bedok Town Centre, located along Bedok North Road and in between Block 203 and 207, next to community amenities such as a food centre, library and sports complex, with the allocated Block 207A.
The new Bedok Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) began operations on 2014. With the completion of the ITH, Bedok residents are able to transfer in air-conditioned comfort between bus and MRT services at Bedok MRT Station.
View of Bedok Reservoir at night
Any Future Plans for Bedok?
Plans for an integrated complex, which will be as big as 3 football fields, have also been revealed in 2014. This complex will house a sports centre, library, clinic, centre for the elderly and the Kampong Chai Chee Community Club.
In addition, Bedok will have new park connectors, cycling routes and walkways, while the new Downtown and Eastern Region MRT lines will bring about shorter journeys to the city.
In addition, Bedok residents can look forward to the upcoming Bedok Integrated Complex, as well as dedicated cycling and pedestrian paths connecting Bedok Reservoir Park to Bedok Town Centre and East Coast
The future stations of the Thomson-East Coast Line that are currently under construction will be operational in 2023 and 2024 under stages 4 and 5 respectively. The line will run south of the planning area and will have an interchange station with the Downtown Line at Sungei Bedok station, which will also be the terminus for both lines.
The 5 future stations are:
- TE27 Marine Terrace
- TE28 Siglap
- TE29 Bayshore
- TE30 Bedok South
- TE31 DT37 Sungei Bedok