Did you know one of the indigenous inhabitants of Singapore is the Orang Kallang? They constituted half of the approximately 1,000 residents in Singapore at the time of Raffles’ landing in January 1819.
The name Kallang was derived from the Malay term referring to the ‘orang laut’, or sea gypsies who lived in the swamps at the mouth of the Kallang and Singapore River, which was named after the community.
What Makes Kallang Town Interesting?
Development of the town is centered around the Kallang River, the longest river in Singapore.
Unlike most Singaporean towns, Kallang does not have an integrated town centre. Instead, its commercial activities are largely concentrated at the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as within the subzones of Lavender and Crawford.
The Kallang housing estate is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, and the site of Singapore’s first airport, Kallang Airport, which was opened in 1937.
The Singapore Improvement Trust started the construction of Kallang in 1959, and some of the older housing blocks have since been replaced by new public housing developments under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS).
How Many HDB Flats in Kallang/ Whampoa?
Kallang and Whampoa were merged into a single HDB town. Kallang/ Whampoa is home to an estimated 106,500 HDB residents. Within the area, the HDB manages 39,194 flats (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Kallang/ Whampoa?
Leisure and Landmarks
The Singapore Sports Hub vicinity is home to two shopping destinations, Leisure Park Kallang and Kallang Wave Mall, as well as a cultural venue, the Kallang Theatre. Other than retail outlets, Leisure Park Kallang also has a cinema, an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. Various other shopping malls such as the City Square Mall along Kitchener Road, Mustafa Centre along Syed Alwi Road and Aperia Mall along Kallang Avenue are also situated within the boundaries of Kallang.
One of the developments is The River Vista @ Kallang, a waterfront project flanking the Kallang River.
Other prominent landmarks in Kallang were the National Stadium and the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The Singapore Sports Hub, which opened in 2014, is located within the Kallang/ Whampoa area, specifically where the old National Stadium used to be. It serves as an integrated venue for Singaporeans to watch and play sports.
The following educational institutions are located within Kallang:
- Dunman High School
- Bendemeer Secondary School
- Hong Wen School
- Bendemeer Primary School
- Farrer Park Primary School
- NorthLight School
- Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital are located within Kallang.
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