Geylang has been traditionally home to the ethnic Malay community. The name “Geylang” comes from the Malay word “kilang” which refers to “mill”, “factory” or “press” which were found here in the early days. The Housing Development Board has slowly developed the area, which was home to old shophouses in early 1900, into a planned residential area. The stretch along Geylang Road and Changi Road is mainly used to develop residential area by HDB. A population of about 150,000 is served by 31,600 flats most of which are 3-room to 4-room. Of these flats 6,200 are available for rental.
The HDB Estate of Geylang has all the basic and modern amenities such as shopping malls, recreational, educational, healthcare facilities. It is well connected with all available modes of transportation like many other planned HDB Estates. The area is famous for local cuisines as well.
The neighboring districts of Geylang are Jalan Besar(District 8), Kallang (District 12), Katong (District 15), Paya Lebar (District 14). The area is about 10 sq Km and located in southern part of the city.
The area has been divided into five sub-zones to facilitate proper planning and development. These are:
The area is well planned with ample recreational and entertainment junctions, making it a very attractive place to live in. The area retains most of its unique architectural heritage and is a hectic location during day and night.
Residents of Geylang HDB Estate have access to an integrated and modern network of road and railway transport. The LRT (Light Rapid Transport) and MRT (Mass Rapid Transport), are fully automated modes of transport. Convenient stops for HDB residents are Paya Lebar MRT and Aljunied MRT.
Bus services that run in the area are:
SBS (Singapore Bus Service) Transit – 2,11, 33, 158, 175, 197
SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit) – 853, 961, 980, 985.
Night Services – NR7
In addition to this, carpools and taxis may be hired for transportation
Primary and secondary schools as well as institutions offering tertiary education may easily be located at the Geylang HDB Estate area. Some of them are listed below:
Geylang Methodist Primary School
Guillemard Gardens School
MacPherson Primary School
Geylang Methodist Secondary School
Manjusri Secondary School
MacPherson Secondary School
Lasalle-Sia College Of The Arts
Singapore Institute Of Commerce
Geylang Serai Vocational Training Center
Facilities / Amenities
Geylang HDB Estate area has all the modern facilities and amenities required for urban lifestyle. This includes shopping malls, recreational and entertainment complexes, clubs, dine-out places as well as places of worship to cater to all levels of residents.
- City Plaza
- Katong Shopping Complex
- The Concourse Shopping Mall
- Ci Hang Western & Chinese Vegetarian Fast Food
- Turtle House Seafood Restaurant
Community Centers and Clubs
- MacPherson Community Club
- Geylang West Community Center
- Mountbatten Community Club.
Health Care Facilities
- East Shore Hospital
- S T Medical Center
- Marine Parade Polyclinic (Singhealth)
Places of Worship
- Leong Nam Temple
- Geylang Evangelical Free Church Ltd
- Abdul Aleem Siddique Mosque
- Overseas Golden Cinema Hall
- Geylang East Community Library
- Aljunied Park
- Mandarin Theatre
Geylang HDB Estate is a well-planned and developed area with all basic and modern amenities making it a preferred residential destination. The area has a unique presence of well-preserved architectural heritage as well as all elements required for modern urban lifestyle.
Did you know…
- Despite its infamy as a red-light district, Geylang is famous for a variety of food, such as Beef Kway Teow, frog’s leg porridge, and durians.
- The Malay village is located in Geylang Serai, which is one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements.