Bukit Panjang New Town
Bukit Panjang New Town is located in the North-western part of Singapore. In Malay language, Bukit means “hill” and Panjang means “long”. Hence Bukit Panjang literally means “long hill”. It got its name from the long range of hills which ends in Bukit Timah. The Bukit Panjang area comes under the lead of Holland – Bukit Panjang Town Council.
Bukit Panjang new town comprises of a mixture of old and new apartments and condominiums. It is bounded by Bukit Timah expressway, Dairy Farm Road, Bukit Timah Road and Kranji Expressway. It is also situated beside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, encompassed by the BKE and KJE expressways. It is excellently connected to the rest of Singapore.
Staying in Bukit Panjang is a benefit for all residents as it is very well connected to the rest of Singapore. Major expressways like Bukit Timah Expressways and Kranji Expressway allow drivers to get to any part of Singapore easily and conveniently. Public transportations like the bus services available at the Bukit Panjang and Light Rail Transit system is an efficient of transport within the new town and to the other towns and to the city.
There are two community centers to serve the residents here. They are Bukit Panjang Community Club, Warren Country and Golf Club and the new Zhenghua community centre which provides residents with entertainment facilities, recreational activities and many more. There is also Bukit Panjang community Library in Bukit Panjang plaza to cater for those who love to read.
There are a few malls in the neighborhood to provide you with banking services, supermarkets, retail boutiques, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and other entertainment options. The malls include Bukit Panjang Plaza, Fajar Shopping Centre, Greenridge Shopping Centre and Bangkit Shopping Centre. There are also restaurants along Dairy Farm Road and Woodlands Road.
There are two parks in the town; they are Bukit Panjang Park and Zhenghua Park. There are cycling and jogging tracks, Playgrounds, ponds for you to relax and work out. For nature lovers, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (414 hectare) is also close by.
For more dining options to satisfy your taste buds, head down to the restaurants along Woodlands Road, Dairy Farm Road and Jelebu Road.
The nearest supermarkets are NTUC Fairprice at Bukit Panjang Plaza/ Senja Grand and Primer Supermarket at Teck Whye Lane.
There are also few primary schools and secondary schools for the school going children to further their educations. They include Bukit Panjang Primary School, Greenridge Primary School, West View Primary School, Zheng Hua Primary School, Beacon Primary School, Greenridge Secondary School, West Spring Secondary School, Zhenghua Secondary School and Fajar Secondary School.
Places Of Worship
For places of worship in Bukit Panjang a part of this multi-racial and religion society, one can head to Chi Hock Keng Temple at 15 Fajar Road, An Le Temple at 11 Senja Road, Sri Murugan Hill Temple at 931 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Saint Joseph Church at 620 Upper Bukit Timah Road and Masjid Al-Iman Mosque at 10 Bukit Panjang Ring Road
If you need medical consult , you can head to the nearby general practitioner clinics, Woodlands Polyclinic, National University Hospital and Khoo Teck Huat Hospital.
Bukit Panjang New town is definitely an easily accessible place equipped with many entertainment and recreational facilities to fulfill your every need.
Did you know ?
1. Previously Bukit Panjang was initially known as Zhenghua however it was not very well accepted by the public. It was then recalled Bukit Panjang. However the park in Bukit Panjang is still called Zhenghua Park.
2. Bukit Panjang Lrt rail station was the first Lrt system built in Singapore. Currently the Lrt system is a loop system running through Choa Chu kang, South View , Keat Hong, Teck Whye, Phoenix, Ten Mile Junction, Bukit Panjang , Senja , Segar , Fajar, Bangkit , Pending and Petir stations.
3.Bukit Timah Turf Club was built in 1933. During Japanese occupation, it ceased operation and only restarted the races in the 1960s. Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip visited Bukit Timah racecourse back in 1972. It is relocated to Kranji in 2000 as Bukit Timah is a prime area for private housing development.Bukit Timah hill at a height of 16.3 meters is Singapore’s tallest hill. Bukit Timah reserve covers an area of 16.4square kilometers and is bounded by MacRitchie Reservoir, Upper and Lower Peirce Reservoir and Upper Seletar Reservoir. One of Singapore’s oldest trees, Shorea Curtisii trees have existed here for almost 400 years.
4.Bukit Timah area used to be infested by tigers back in the 19th century. Hunting of the tigers and leopards as well as clearing of the forest led to their extinction by 1930.
5.Hindhede Nature Park in Bukit Timah used to be a quarry for granite until mid of 20th century when all the granites are exhausted.
6.Bukit Timah used to be industrial estates until the 60s whereby the industrial developments are moved to Jurong and Bukit Timah turned into a prestigious private residential estate district 11.