Want To See Where Most Ordinary Singaporeans Lives?

More than 80% of Singaporeans lives in public housing known as Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. So if you want to experience how Singaporean lives, a visit to the suburban is a must. We will show you how in this section.

The best way to see the Singapore is by taking the MRT, get a One Day Singapore Tourism Pass (see Transport) if you intend to visit several places within a day. While most of the MRT routes with the CBD and the southern part are underground, most of the suburban stations are above grounds and that where you can see the suburbs that most tourists will not see. The three exits that from underground to above grounds are: Ang Mo Kio (North), Kallang (East) and RedHill (West).

The section between Yio Chu Kang station to Yishun station is arguably the most scenic, look out to your right and you will see the beautiful Lower Seletar Reservoir with the Orchid Golf and Country Club as the backdrop. As you travelled from Yio Chu Kang to Jurong East Interchange, you will have already quite a good idea of the how the new suburban towns looks like in Singapore.

Some of the older suburban towns are Clementi, Queenstown, RedHill (West), Ang Mo Kio, Yishun  (North) and Eunos, Bedok (East). Jurong East, Woodlands and Tampines are three of the biggest suburban town worth visiting (just pick one). Our pick will be Bedok for old suburban town.

Two of the biggest suburban shopping malls are located beside the MRTs are Jurong Point (Boon Lay), Tampines Malls/Century Square/Tampines 1 (Tampines).

How to get there?

Click here for a detailed MRT map to help you to navigate.

Last updated on Dec 2009


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