Geographical Investigation 2R5

Group 4

Yishun in the Past

Yishun came to be known as "Yishun" because it was named after Lim Nee Soon, a prominent industrialist who made his fortune from rubber and pineapples. "Yishun" is a Mandarin romanisation of his name, Nee Soon.


Development of the area began in 1976, and that was the first step into transforming Yishun into the modern residential town it is today. This project was named the Yishun New Town Project. Residents were moved to other areas such as Ang Mo Kio during the construction process. This made Yishun a more convenient place to live in, as the residents would not have to travel great distances for facilities.


Some examples of the amenities are schools, markets, religious buildings and recreational facilities. Shopkeepers and merchants pooled together money and resources, and opened Chong Pang City, which still exists to this day.

Yishun in The Present

We observed various amenities such as coffeeshops, multi-purpose halls, playgrounds, schools, food and beverage shops, etc. There is some sense of belonging within the Yishun Ring Road neighbourhood, however, many residents also did not feel emotionally attached to the area, as most of the people we interviewed found Yishun to be more of a hub that connects to different places conveniently, instead of a place where they are strongly devoted to.