Geographical Investigation 2R3
Lim Nee Soon was also a banker, contractor and general commission agent. He was the first general manager of the Bukit Sembawang Rubber Company Limited, formed in 1908. Nee Soon and Company was formed in 1911.
Nee Soon was one of the pioneers that opened up Sembawang. Nee Soon served on the Rural Board from 1913 to 1921 and was also appointed a Justice of Peace. In the field of education, he was one of the founders of Chinese High School and also a member of the Raffles College Committee. Nee Soon Road was officially named in 1950 by the Rural Board to facilitate postal services. Nee Soon also owned a large plot of land in the area and several roads in this area are named after his business concerns and family members. Nee Soon was a leading member of theTeochew clan association poit ip huay kwan, and was a close friend of Dr Sun Yat Sen.
The name Nee Soon was one of those changed at the height of the campaign to replace dialect names with Mandarin ones. While the government later revoked some of its decisions and reinstated names like Bukit Panjang(for Zhenghua), Yishun remained unchanged and is now the name attached to streets, roads, parks and a well-known cineplex within the town, Golden Village Yishun.
Present in Yishun
Within the Yishun vicinity, There are 8 neighbourhoods.
- Yishun Neighbourhood 1 or Yishun North
- Yishun Neighbourhood 2 or Taman Yishun
- Yishun Neighbourhoods 3, 4 and 5 or Yishun East
- Yishun Neighbourhood 6 and 9 or Yishun Central
- Yishun Neighbourhood 7 or Yishun West
- Yishun Neighbourhood 8 or Yishun South
Instead of Northern General Hospital, the new general hospital has been named Khoo Teck Puat Hospital after receiving a S$125 million donation from the late Mr Khoo's family. Spanning over 3.5 hectares in the Yishun Central Area, the 590-bed general and acute care hospital, managed by Alexandra Health System. Opened in June 2010, KTPH offers a comprehensive range of medical services and specialist care to the community in the north. A new feature of the hospital includes overlooking the scenic Yishun Pond. This is the first hospital in the north after the nearest one which is at Thomson.
- SAFRA Yishun Country Club → SAFRA Yishun Country Club is a country club owned by SAFRA, which aims to build morale and camaraderie amongst NSmen in Singapore. The club was opened in 2001 and is strategically located in Yishun Park to offer a feel of nature. It also has a wide range of amenities like a Bowling centre, Gym, Tennis court, Adventure Sports Centre (Rock Climbing), Western and Chinese restaurants, Swimming Pool and a Karaoke Centre. To create various choices among NSmen, SAFRA Yishun Country Club is destined as an Adventure Sports Hub within the group of SAFRA club houses.
Community centres and clubs
- Nee Soon East Community Club
- Nee Soon South Community Centre
- Chong Pang Community Club
- Nee Soon Central Community Centre
- Nee Soon East Toastmasters Club
- Nee Soon East CC Youth Executive Committee (YEC)
- Chong Pang Toastmasters Club
- Yishun MRT Station NS13, situated along Yishun Ave 2 and Yishun Ave 5, Yishun Central.
- Yishun Bus Interchange Linked to the Yishun MRT station via the underpass at Northpoint Shopping Centre
Parks, Garden and other Recreational Facilities
2 major parks:
- Yishun Park (managed by National Parks Board) – a 13 ha park in the centre of the housing estate. Used to be a rubber estate, it is thickly covered with natural vegetation. Part of the land was developed into the SAFRA Yishun Country Club.
- Lower Seletar Reservoir Park (managed by NParks and PUB) – this small 3 ha park at the southern edge of the housing estate bordering the northern edge of the reservoir. Under the PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Water for all (ABC) programme, there are plans to open up the reservoir to more water sports. Currently there is a smaller water sports rental facility, and occasionally there are dragon boat competitions held there. Viewing benches, riderside deck and possibly a stage will be in the works if the project take off.
- Nee Soon East Park – located opposite Block 407 Yishun Avenue 6. Facilities include a basketball court and fitness corner.
- Khatib MRT Station NS14, situated along Yishun Ave 2 and Yishun Ring Road
- Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange, situated beside Golden Village and near the Yishun MRT station, and linked to Northpoint via a pedestrian crossing.
- Yishun Stadium and Sports Hall:
Located at the Southern end of the town, the Yishun Stadium was opened on 2 January 1992. In 1993, it played host to the Karate event during the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore. In 1996, it was the home ground for the Sembawang Rangers FC in the S-league. Eventually the team was dropped from the league in 2003. Later on, it hosted the Young Lions in 2005 season, Sporting Afrique FC in 2006 season and currently it is the home for Korean Super Reds FC for the 2007 season. Other than the main stadia with the soccer field and 8-lanes running track, it also houses a ClubFitt gym. The sport hall seats 800 people and it can be use for badminton, basketball or other indoor sports.
What were the facilities or amenities available in Yishun Between 1950 - 2000? [(°ロ°)☝]
-HDB Flats (1976)
-Northpoint Shopping Centre (1992)
-Golden Village Yishun (1992)
-Chong Pang City (1976) > Located in Yishun Neighbourhood1 <(Yishun North)
-Orchid Country Club (1993)
-Yishun Stadium and Sports Hall (2 January 1992)
-Yishun Swimming Complex (1988)
- Northpoint Shopping Centre → The only shopping mall in Yishun, was located just beside the Yishun MRT Station. It underwent an expansion completed in 2010 which included a new building connected to the main shopping mall built on a plot of land next to it. The expansion increased the size of Northpoint Shopping Centre and hold more shops as well as a new library at its top floor. The shopping centre was opened in 1992 making it the first modern sub-urban mall in a major housing estate (new town). Currently, sub-urban malls are almost a standard feature in all housing estates.
- GV Yishun → The first Golden Village Cinema opened in May 1992, it was then the largest multiplex with the most screens (10 in all) in Asia. On 1 November 2010 GV Yishun completed a three month S$5 million refurbishment and opened as Asia's first green multiplex, featuring a cinematic experience enhanced by energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable operations and management, and indoor environmental quality. GV Yishun has a capacity of 1477 seats with 20 berths set aside for wheelchair-bound patrons, and its signature ten cinema halls have seen three of them upgraded to full 3D digital halls.
- Chong Pang City → Chong Pang City is located in Neighbourhood 1. It has a collection of shophouses, a hawker centre and a market. There are small and family-run businesses, as well as major retailers such as a Giant supermarket, CK department store, McDonald's, Watson's and Guardian pharmacies, and 7-Elevens. Chong Pang City was by far the biggest and most complete of the neighbourhood centres until the arrival of Northpoint Shopping Centre and Yishun 10.
- Other neighbourhood shopping areas → There are various other neighbourhood centres at Nee Soon East (Neighbourhood 2), Khatib City (Neighbourhood 8) and Neighbourhood 4. A typical "heartland" neighbourhood centre would consist of stores such as provision stores, eateries (commonly called coffee shops), supermarket chains, mini-marts, clinics, local banks, and salons. In the last few decades, fast food outlets like McDonald's, KFC as well as pharmacies are finding their way into these areas.
- Yishun Community Library → The previous Yishun Community Library was located at Yishun Street 22. The library has since relocated to the new Northpoint Shopping Centre. The new library featured a bigger area which caters to the different needs of the Yishun population, and has books for both children and adults. It opened to the public on 14 November 2008 at 11am.
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