Queenstown is a fast developing region that falls under District 3 of Singapore. This region has come into prominence for the vast number of housing projects that have come up in the recent years. Queenstown is one of the earliest housing estatesbuilt in Singapore. This region is situated about five to eight kilometres from the city at the central eastern end of Singapore.
Queenstown consists of 13 sub-zones, namely Ghim Moh, Holland Drive, Commonwealth, Tanglin Halt, Margaret Drive, Mei Chin, Queensway, Portsdown, Buona Vista, Dover, National University, Kent Ridge, and Pasir Pajang.
Queenstown, which was primarily a swampy land, came into prominence in the year 1947 when the Singapore Housing Committee chose this region as a probable site for building self-contained housing areas. Soon the region came to be known as Queenstown to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the year 1953. Queenstown was the first satellite town in Singapore, and was the test bed for the nation’s public housing. Before the Second World War people lived in huts, making their living from vegetable and fruit farming and from animal husbandry. The region grew by leaps and bounds over the next few years, and by 1969 there were a Town Centre, swimming and sports complex, three movie theatres, and a variety of shopping areas. Queenstown grew at an astounding pace over the next two decades.
Today Queenstown is one of the most developed regions in the country. Its ample amenities and facilities make it an extremely popular choice for residents.
Places of Interest
Queenstown is visited by many tourists year round for its rich amalgamation of historical past and modern, vibrant lifestyle. There are many attractions to draw visitors to Queenstown.
Some of the notable places of interest in this region are:
• Haw Par Villa – This is an amusement park located at Pasir Panjang. This amusement park was previously known as Tiger Balm Gardens and contains more than 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas which reflect the scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history, and illustrate various aspects of Confucianism.
• Holland Village – Also known as Holland V, this place becomes one of a hotspot after sunset. There are many restaurants, cafes, and pubs to entertain people.
• Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC) – It is a World War II interpretive Centre that was built to commemorate the Battle of Pasir Panjang in 1942. It was here that the valiant Malayan soldiers fought to the death against the Japanese troops. The entry fees are nominal.
Shopping / Dining
There are many shopping malls and supermarkets located in Queenstown. These shops contain all the amenities needed for modern living.
Some of the leading shopping and dining venues are mentioned below:
• Anchorpoint Shopping Centre – This is a large shopping mall that is situated on Alexandra Road. This shopping mall was launched in the year 1997. It contains the outlet stores of Billabong, Charles & Keith, City Chain, Capitol Optical, G2000, and more.
• Queenstown Shopping Centre – This is another large shopping complex with many big brand outlets. This shopping complex has become one of the largest shopping centres in this region with many outlets carrying modern updated products, particularly sporting goods.
• IKEA – This is a world class furniture store which sells flat pack furniture and bathroom and kitchen accessories at affordable prices.
Facilities and Amenities
Queenstown is a major tourist attraction and has many amenities that make a stay in this region pleasant. Queenstown has a vibrant nightlife that attracts many residents to the region. There are public playgrounds and sports complexes where the residents can enjoy their leisure time, as well as many police stations and fire fighting units. Alexandra Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the area and has an accommodation of 400 beds.
Queenstown, being a well known residential area, contains many housing estates such as Tanglin Halt Road, Dawson Road, Forfar Road, Commonwealth Green, and Mei Ling Heights.
Queenstown has a great transportation system that keeps it connected with other parts of Singapore. The MRT stations in this region fall on the East West MRT Line in Singapore. The nearby MRT stations are Queenstown, Commonwealth and Redhill.
Road transportation can be pleasant with bus services that run from Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange to Shenton Way Bus Terminal. One can also travel by taxis, or hire a carpool.
Some of the nearby educational institutions are:
• Queenstown Good Shepherd Kindergarten
• Admiralty Primary School
• Ai Tong School
• Cutin University of Technology