Origins & History
Bukit Panjang, which gets its name from the long range of high hills which ends in Bukit Timah to the south, literally means "long hill". During the renaming of areas in Singapore, Bukit Panjang was initially named Zhenghua. However, the use of Mandarin names was not well received, and Bukit Panjang's name was quickly reinstated.
Bukit Panjang is a quiet town compared to some of the older housing estates such as Toa Payoh and consists of a mixture of old and new blocks of flats as well as private developments. The area currently has 35,325 flats housing approximately 121,000 residents as of March 2018. From a place mainly filled with kampungs and villages, Bukit Panjang has been transformed into a self-contained town, consisting mainly of residential estates. Property owners at the tail end of 2018 were treated to a huge collective sale of apartments in Bukit Panjang, which sold for $42mil. The property which sits on about 63,000 sqft of land, comprised of 24 apartments and 12 shops, and will be redeveloped into 84 residential units.
Transportation & Connectivity
The nearest MRT to Bukit Panjang is Chua Chu Kang MRT (NS4) and Bukit Panjang (DT1). There is also a 7.6km Bukit Panjang LRT Line that services the key residential areas in this town. The LRT line begins at Chua Chu Kang MRT and passes through 13 stops including Senja, Fagar, Pending, Phoenix and Keat Hong. The bus interchange adds to the connectivity of the area, especially by having bus routes that transverse expressways. The buses here include 176, 180, 920, 922, 970, 972, 973, 975 & 979. Other nearby MRT Stations include Cashew (DT2) & Hume (DT4).
There are 7 MOE Primary schools in the Bukit Panjang area, Beacon Primary School, Bukit Panjang Primary School, CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greenridge Primary School, West Spring Primary School, West View Primary School and Zhenghua Primary School. There are also 5 Secondary Schools (Assumption English School, Fajar Secondary School, Greenridge Secondary School, West Spring Secondary School & Zhenghua Secondary School). Other educational institutes include GESS International School & Assumption Pathway School.
There are 5 major shopping centers in Bukit Panjang - Hillion Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Junction 10, Greenridge Shopping Center and Fajar Shopping Center. The largest mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza is located in the high-density residential area surrounding estates of Bukit Panjang, Cashew Park, Chestnut Drive and Hillview. The mall is conveniently located between the Bukit Panjang and Senja LRT stations, adjacent to the Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub, which opened in 2017.
Bukit Panjang has quite a few green spaces including Segar Park, Zhenghua Nature Park, BPA Park, Bukit Panjang Park, Petir Park and Zhenghua Park. At the southernmost portion of the area is also Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, whereas to the east is the Central Catchment Area.
URA Master Plan
URA's Master Plan mentions 4 aspects that will be enhanced in Bukit Panjang over the next few years - housing (including a new primary school, more childcare centers and a new hawker center), transport improvements (including improvements to existing roads), leisure (an extension to Zhenghua Park, new park connectors and new neighborhood parks) and economy (construction of the new International Furniture Park).
Did You know?
- The first LRT (Light Rail Transit) in Singapore was implemented in Bukit Panjang to give commuters between HDB estates and MRT stations an alternative transport option.
- A must-try food in Bukit Panjang is 'Ke Kou Mian' also known as 'Koka noodles', located at 163A Gangsa Road #01-01 Singapore 671163