RESIDENTIAL REGIONS AND DISTRICTS
Though Singapore isn’t a large country, there are a total of 28 numbered districts, each embodying and presenting very unique facets. Within them are the different regions that make up and in a way, define them.
For example, District 1 represents regions within the Central Business District (CBD), which also encompasses the popular integrated resort, the Marina Bay Sands. Do take note that the numbering, in no way represents the District’s importance.
In the past, these district numbers were used as postal codes. Houses in each district bear a postal code that starts with the same number as the district it’s in. While the postal code system has since changed, the numbering of each district remains, and is usually used for identifying areas of prime property these days.
The Regions and Districts have been listed below for your easy reference.
Singapore’s financial hub is also known as the Central Business District (CBD). Many of the city-state’s popular tourist attractions are situated here, along with various financial institutions, banks and government offices, making it one of the most important districts in the country.
As skyscrapers and monumental structures of steel jostle for space, renovated and restored historic colonial buildings and warehouses still stand as a mark of the district’s humble beginnings.
– Cecil Street
– People’s Park Centre
– Raffles Place
– Marina Bay
Another major part of the CBD, numerous skyscrapers housing well-known multinational corporations line the streets of District 2. Its development over the years has made it part of Singapore’s iconic skyline, though it’s hard to imagine that it used to be the site of small towns primarily focused on fishing.
– Anson Road
– Tanjong Pagar
Known for its fruit and vegetable plantations, this district saw little to no development in the early 1900s. That soon changed as the expatriate population grew during British colonial rule. Housing projects sprung up to serve as offices and quarters, and are still around today, recognisable as restored and renovated colonial buildings. Developed as a major residential district, it’s no wonder its amenities are diverse and plenty.
– Alexandra Road
– Tiong Bahru
This district has a rich history of international trade and houses Tanjong Pagar Port, one of the busiest ports in the Asia. It’s also a high-traffic area for tourists and Singaporeans alike who visit the sprawling VivoCity shopping centre and island entertainment getaway, Sentosa.
– Mount Faber
– Maritime Square
Major redevelopment has opened up this district, making it more accessible. Today, the HDB estates continue to grow and you’ll find everything you could possibly need here, from some of the finest educational institutions, to nature reserves.
– Pasir Panjang
– West Coast
It houses some of the best nightlife in Singapore with noted clubs, pubs and bars aplenty, while heritage buildings like City Hall and the Old Supreme Court serve as a distinguished juxtaposition. This district was particularly well known from the early 19th century as it has one of the earliest ports of the nation, with brass statues along the Singapore River telling its story.
– Beach Road
– City Hall
– Clarke Quay
In the 1950s and 1960s, District 7 was popular for all the wrong reasons, as it was a hot spot for sex workers. Flash-forward to today, there’s not a hint of the debauchery that used to go on in the dark alleys around. It’s a thriving area for shopping and other commercial ventures. It is also known for its vibrant pockets of art, culture and design.
– Beach Road
– Golden Mile
It’s simultaneously a tourist attraction, a cultural melting pot and a bustling commercial and residential hub. Its most notable region is Little India, with its name speaking for itself. What one might not know is that it’s also home to several sporting venues, which were brought to prominence in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 here.
– Little India
This district is best known as the paramount shopping destination in Singapore. It is also a prime residential area, with affluent housing estates as well as condominiums and apartments available in abundance at premium prices.
– Orchard Road
– River Valley
Though known to have some of the most affluent residential estates, it is also considered one of the greener areas of Singapore, with open parks, recreation centres and nature reserves abound in this district. The construction of two major MRT stations has also been instrumental in its rapid rise of popularity.
– Bukit Timah
– Holland Road
– Farrer Road
Situated between regions of high repute such as Orchard Road and Bukit Timah, District 11 has developed into a prosperous business area with the presence of many large business organisations. The increase in business opportunities and scope of employment has resulted in a significant rise in the population of this area. In order to accommodate the growing population several HDB residential areas and condominiums have been built in this district.
– Thomson Road
In the recent years, many HDB residential areas as well as condominiums have been built to support the growing population in District 12. What has made the regions in this district all the more quaint has been the emergence of reputed simple eateries, as well as neighbourhood watering holes, which draw a crowd tired of a hectic night out in town.
– Toa Payoh
With major industrial political developments, District 13 has become the new-age hub of residential development. The availability of a vibrant lifestyle and professional employment opportunities, clubbed with a varied range of residential options has made the region a preferred residential spot for the young generation of the country.
In the past, District 14 was a quiet place inhabited by different Malay tribes. Various types of plantations and livestock rearing were the predominant forms of livelihood. This area soon had a major facelift with the settlement of Arab families like the Alkaffs, Alsagoffs and Aljunieds, and more schools, roads and monuments were built after. Even after much development, the historical culture and lifestyle can still be seen in many of its residents and architecture.
– Paya Lebar
In the 19th and the early part of the 20th century, District 15 was dotted with numerous plantations growing nutmeg, pepper, coconut, cotton and gambier. It received a total makeover when Eurasians settled here, leading to schools, churches and other facilities being built. Though it has become an epitome of modern districts there are still some places which hold the heritage of the past years. Many old Pernankan shophouses and classic bungalows can be still be found in District 15, alongside a variety of multinational companies and luxurious hotels.
– Joo Chiat
– Marine Parade
– Tanjong Rhu
One of the coastal areas in Singapore that is gifted with scenic natural beauty, District 16 has always been popular as a getaway for families and friends. It’s marked by many high-rise apartments and condominiums, each fighting for the better ocean view, though many flock to it for its many different eateries as well.
– Upper East Coast Road
One could consider this district to have the highest volume of tourists – especially since it’s where Changi Airport is located. It has developed by leaps and bounds from the days when this entire district was dominated by plantations of different varieties. During World War II, District 17 came into limelight with Changi Village being used as a military base and many hospitals and amenities built in the area. The British army also erected military barracks and airbases for the purpose of controlling their army in various parts of Singapore.
This was a site of many Malay fishing villages that were later converted into plantations. Predominantly a residential area situated in the eastern part of Singapore, many amenities have been developed to support and entertain, like various shopping malls, hospitals, churches, mosques, temples, academic institutions and entertainment centres.
– Pasir Ris
Located in the north-eastern part of Singapore, this booming residential area has slowly become the centre of transportation, with many train lines intersecting, and a wide selection of bus routes. Residents are well provided for in their respective regions, with amenities aplenty, and major shopping malls in each.
Located geographically in the centre of Singapore, this district combines affluent living with the natural serenity of the region. One of Singapore’s oldest reservoirs, Lower Pierce Reservoir, is located here along with two major rivers – Bukit Timah River and the Kallang (which is Singapore’s longest river), making the region a beautiful place to reside in.
– Ang Mo Kio
– Upper Thomson
The greenery around is complemented by extensive real estate properties and housing projects. Serene and tranquil, this affluent neighbourhood will definitely attract people looking to be a little further away from the concrete and steel of city life.
– Upper Bukit Timah
This district is located far into the west. What used to be inaccessible, has opened up dramatically, with more bus routes and trains accessing the area. It’s a site of many industrial and commercial areas, though it’s also ideal for people who wish to live lavishly in a place which will throw up opportunities
– Boon Lay
A number of industrial estates and commercial institutes in District 23 have flourished greatly. In the tide of modernisation, the real estate industry has evolved as a major business activity in the area. From a simple living area of the past, it has transformed into a modern residential area. The HDB aims to continue the development of the whole district by expanding the public housing townships.
– Bukit Batok
– Bukit Panjang
– Choa Chu Kang
Predominantly a farming area with numerous reservoirs, its rich flora and fauna makes it a perfect haven for nature lovers. Be it bird viewing, fishing for pleasure or enjoying the tranquillity of nature, District 24 offers it all.
– Lim Chu Kang
A coastal region situated in the northern part of Singapore, it’s one of the closest points to Malaysia and is the reason why the ports that were located along this district became so important during World War II. This coastline area was largely known for its cultivation and export and import business in the early part of 20th century. But under the Imperial rule, this district became one of the leading coastal areas in the nation with the construction of many ports that helped in transportation to other countries, especially Malaysia.
A residential area with an assortment of facilities and amenities, it is also home to media broadcast centre MediaCorp. It comprises mostly of landed property, and pockets of flora like MacRitchie Reservoir, and plant nurseries.
– Upper Thomson Road
The governmental initiative to modernise the HDB flats has improved living conditions in this district. From earlier simple apartments, they have been transformed into comfortable living areas with parks and gardens all around. Because of the various amenities available, the district is also a profitable area of venture for real estate investors.
Situated in the north-eastern part of Singapore, the regions lying in District 28 are primarily coastal areas with lots of opportunities for seaside living. During World War I, District 28 was a laid back rural region that had pepper, gambier and rubber plantations. Later, an air base for the British Royal Air Force was built in the area. Construction of this air base at Seletar made this district popular among the locals too, as shop houses were established to supply necessary commodities.
– Yio Chu Kang