The Sembawang HDB Estate is situated within the Sembawang Planning Area, close to the Sembawang dockyard wharves. Although a major port area, the Sembawang region features much of a suburban ambience. The region was once a British naval base and had British military officers residing there. As such, high standard of amenities were made available in the area. Since the time the naval base was developed into a commercial dockyard in 1968 and a state-owned industrial conglomerate was formed, the region received special attention by the government of Singapore.
The development of the Sembawang HDB Estate and the Sembawang New Town were undertaken only in the middle of 1990s. Under the development plan, various facilities had been proposed to be built. These include the Sembawang Activity Corridor, Sembawang Bus Interchange and Sports Complex. These will enhance the lifestyle of Sembawang HDB residents. As of now, there are about 17,874 units that house approximately 58,700 residents. The local administration of the region is managed by the North West Community Development Council (CDC) which also promotes community bonding among the residents through various community programmes.
Sembawang HDB Estate is located in a suburban locale in Sembawang New Town. The estate lies close to Sembawang Road that connects the northern regions of Singapore with the central districts. With major regions like Woodlands, Upper Thomson, Yishun and Seletar nearby, various facilities for shopping, entertainment and communication can as such be found in and around the town.
Sembawang HDB flats are separated into three divisions:
- Sembawang Division
- Canberra Division
- Chong Pang Division
Sembawang has commercial importance due to the dockyard that handles bulk commodities cargo in large scales. This indirectly led to the region’s great transportation network, in particular the road transport facilities. Sembawang Road has since then become a principal road in this part of the country.
Travelers to and from Sembawang have access to more than one MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) stations within comfortable distances. In addition to the Sembawang MRT (NS11), there are MRT stations at Woodlands (NS 9), Admiralty (NS 10) and Yishun (NS 13) to serve the residents of Sembawang HDB Estates.
Frequent bus services are also available across Sembawang. To provide better bus services, the Sembawang Bus Interchange was opened in 2005. In addition to buses operated by the SBS (Singapore Bus Service) and SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transport), various private operators also run bus services across the town.
Bus services plying in Sembawang are:
SBS Transit Trunk Services
SMRT Night Rider Services: NR 2
SMRT Bus Services: 167, 856, 859, 882, 962, 980, 981
Several educational institutions of repute are situated in Sembawang and nearby regions where students from Sembawang HDBs can attain their education. There are institutes for all levels of studies and for all kinds of traditional and professional courses.
- Sembawang Primary School
- Wellington Primary School
- Canberra Primary School
- Endeavours Primary School
- Sembawang Secondary School
- Canberra Secondary School
- Naval Base Secondary School
- Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
- Republic Polytechnic
- National Maritime Academy
- ITE College Central (Yishun Campus)
Facilities / Amenities
The Sembawang HDB Estate has become a lucrative investment option for both home buyers looking for ideal places to live in as well as property investors. This is attributed largely to the high standard of amenities and facilities available in the region and nearby. All kinds of facilities required to provide for comfortable living are available in the region.
- Sun Plaza
- Sembawang Shopping Centre
- Sakae Sushi
- Ah Mei Cafe
- Bistro Delifrance
- Country Manna Yishun Industrial Park A Food Centre
- Min Lock Eating House
Community Centres and Clubs
- Sembawang Community Centre
- Canberra Community Centre (CC)
- Chong Pang Community Club/Centre (CC)
- Admiral Country Club
- Sembawang Country Club
- Safra Yishun Country Club
- Yishun polyclinic (NHG)
- Canberra Medical Centre
- Healthway Medical Group
Places of Worship
- Sembawang Tian Hoon Tien God Of Wealth Temple
- Masjid Assyafaah
- Praise Evangelical Church
- Sembawang Park
- Sembawang Community Library
- Yishun Community Library
- T-Net Club @ Sembawang
- Sembawang Tennis Centre
- Sembawang Canoe Club
- Mandai Tekong Park
- Yishun Park
Home to a pristine environment consisting of much greenery and one of the last natural beaches in Singapore, the Sembawang HDB Estate offers ideal residences to live and enjoy life. Being a suburban area, residents of these HDBs enjoy the privilege of living in a peaceful location with every modern facility available at arms length.
Did you know…
- Sembawang has a number of attractions in its area, several of which include Bottle Tree Village, Sembawang Hot Spring (Singapore’s only mainland hot spring that is natural), and Sembawang Park.
- Without “sem”, “bawang” in Malay stands for “onion”.