Why Bukit Merah?
The name Bukit Merah came about after red soil was uncovered when the area was excavated in the 1950s. In Malay, Bukit Merah means “red hill”. In Hokkien, the area is known as ang suah, which also means “red hill”.
What Makes Bukit Merah Town Interesting?
Within Bukit Merah, Tiong Bahru estate has emerged as a popular hangout in light of the cafes and eateries that have sprouted in the vicinity.
How Many HDB Flats in Bukit Merah?
Bukit Merah is home to an estimated 144,800 HDB residents, and there are currently 52,401 flats under HDB’s management (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Bukit Merah?
Leisure and Recreation
New developments in Bukit Merah include a retail mall (Alexandra Central Mall) and hotel (Park Hotel Alexandra), Outram Medical Campus, the 12-storey National Heart Centre completed, as well as parks located at Ganges Avenue, Kim Tian Road and Keppel Island.
Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park are also popular spots amongst nature lovers.
Terrace Garden in Telok Blangah Hill Park
The Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore at 36m above Henderson Road. Part of the Southern Ridges, it connects both Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Henderson Waves bridge is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore
Henderson Waves is 36 metres above the ground, connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park
Along Jalan Bukit Merah stands the Silat Road Sikh Temple. It has the largest palki or “palanquin”, the Sikh Holy Book, weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 3 m long, 1.5 m wide and 4 m high. The dome, with a diameter of 10 m, is the world’s largest for Sikh temples. Originally built in 1924, the temple draws devotees from around the world.
Bukit Merah consists of several Primary and Secondary schools with Alexandra Primary School being the newest school.
- Alexandra Primary School
- Blangah Rise Primary School
- Cantonment Primary School
- CHIJ Kellock
- Gan Eng Seng Primary School
- Radin Mas Primary School
- Zhangde Primary School
- Bukit Merah Secondary School
- CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent
- Crescent Girls’ School
- Gan Eng Seng School
- Tertiary Institutions
- Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
- PSB Academy
- APSN Tanglin School
- ISS International School (Preston Campus)
- Shelton College International
There are currently 5 MRT stations that serve Bukit Merah across 3 lines, the East West Line, Circle Line and North East Line.
- EW17 Tiong Bahru
- EW18 Redhill
- CC27 Labrador Park
- CC28 Telok Blangah
- NE1, CC29 HarbourFront
There are two bus interchanges and one bus terminal in the new town.
Any Future Plans for Bukit Merah?
In the near future, the Outram Park MRT station will serve as an interchange to connect the Thomson Line to the East-West and North-East lines.
Future stations that are currently under construction include:
- TE16 Havelock
- CC30 Keppel
- CC31 Cantonment
Havelock MRT Station of the Thomson-East Coast Line, that will be operational in 2021, is situated near to the Bukit Ho Swee estate, making Bukit Merah as the second with the most number of MRT lines passing through it, following the Central Area. The future stations, Keppel and Cantonment will be located within the new town as part of Stage 6 of the Circle Line that will be completed by 2025.
As part of the government’s move to promote a car-lite Singapore, more inter-town cycling routes will be built to allow cyclists to travel from the east of the island to the west by cycling from Geylang and Marine Parade to Queenstown and Bukit Merah.