If you live in the Northern Part of Singapore, Bishan may be one of the MRT stations which you may frequent because it has a circle line that connects you to the rest of Singapore.
The ‘Pavilions on the Jade Hills’ or Peck San Theng cemetery which was once located in the area, gave Bishan its name and design inspiration.
The distinctive and colourful roofs and linkway structures of the town evoke images of ‘pavilions on the green’.
What Makes Bishan Town Interesting?
Bishan New Town became the first in Singapore to depart from the brutalist design seen in most previous Housing and Development Board (HDB) towns. Instead of slab-like residential blocks that were built in uniformed rows, apartment blocks in Bishan varied in height and were often dislocated. Flats within the town also featured pitched roofs which have since become closely associated with the skyline of Bishan.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is the biggest community parks with 620,000 square meter.
How Many HDB Flats in Bishan?
Bishan is located in the central part of Singapore, and the town has an estimated HDB resident population of 64,400. There are 20,072 flats under the HDB’s management (as of 31 March 2017).
HDB’s first 2 30-storey HDB blocks are located in Bishan.
Why Should You Live in Bishan?
Leisure and Recreation
Junction 8 is the main shopping centre in Bishan, and is located conveniently at Bishan’s town centre. Residents and students of nearby institutions frequent the mall, and also the nearby Bishan Public Library. Other shopping centres:
- The Bishan North Shopping Mall is a non-airconditioned complex of shops that specialise in the sale of day-to-day products. It features a wet market. Contrary to its name, it is not a shopping mall.
- Thomson Plaza is located on Upper Thomson Road
- Thomsom V One and Two is a residential complex that comes with a mall featuring shoebox sized retail units on the ground floor and basements.
- Thomson Imperial Court and Sin Ming Plaza, are residential complexes with retail outlets on the ground floor and basement
- Midview City
Bishan has its very own skate park for skating enthusiasts. Bishan Harmony Skate Park opened in 2009, and is located at the junction of Bishan Road and Braddell Road.
The recreational needs of the residents are met by Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park, Bishan Community Club and Bishan Sports Complex. The 62-hectare Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest urban parks in Singapore.
The town is home to two of Singapore’s most prestigious educational institutions, Catholic High School and Raffles Institution.
There are a number of schools located in Bishan such as Whitley Secondary School and Ai Tong School. The land on which the Raffles Institution campus now occupies was originally meant for Bishan Junior College.
Accessibility and Transportation
Bishan is connected by road to the rest of Singapore via the Central Expressway, a major expressway connecting Northern parts of Singapore with its city centre. In addition it has its own Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, the Bishan MRT Station, which is an interchange station on both the North South Line and Circle Line.
Bishan also has a bus interchange that provides bus services to other parts of Singapore (such as Changi and Punggol). There are also feeder bus services that operate within the neighbourhood.
The Kallang Park Connector, which begins in Bishan, provides a cycling route between Bishan and the Central Business District along the Kallang River. This 10 km route is the first park connector constructed in Singapore.
Chongqing Bishan No. 1 Bridge
Any Future Plans for Bishan?
Bright Hill MRT Station, a station on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, will link the Sin Ming area of Bishan with the Central Business District of Singapore.
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