Geographical Investigation

2R2 Group 7

Yishun

Development of the areas that once made up the Nee Soon estate began in 1976 with the initiation of a project called the Yishun New Town Project. The project at first allocated 907 ha of land towards public housing and industrial development, but the land area was later increased to over 919 ha. Construction work began in 1977, prior to which some resettlement of the villages had taken place. Most of the residents of Chye Kay Village were moved to Ang Mo Kio, while those who were engaged in rearing aquarium fish were moved to Tampines. The Yishun New Town area is flanked by Admiralty Road, Yishun Avenue 1 and Sembawang Road. Yishun Ring Road lies at the near-core of this town as a circle road linking almost all other roads in the Yishun New Town.

The New Town was designed with convenience in mind, for schools, markets, religious buildings, community buildings, shopping and recreational facilities to be within easy reach. The Masjid Darul Makmur, located at the junction of Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Avenue 2, was opened officially on 23 July 1987. A combined temple also constructed in 1987, is home to two Chinese temples, the Chu Sheng Tong Temple and the Hua Sua Keng Temple. A Hindu temple, the Sree Maha Mariamman Temple, established in 1942 at the junction of Upper Thomson Road and Mandai road, came to be relocated at the junction of Yishun Avenue 3 and Yishun Ring Road during the course of the redevelopment work. On 27 August 1995, two Sikh temples, Sembawang and Jalan Kayu temples, were merged into the Gurdwara Sahib Yishun (Yishun Sikh Temple) which spread over 1317 sq m.

The Yishun Bus Interchange, constructed by the Housing Development Board (HDB), was officially opened on 23 August 1987 and handed over to Trans Island Bus Services Ltd (TIBS) on the same day. Khatib and Yishun MRT stations, in the Yishun New Town, began services in 1989 as a part of the North-South line. The Yishun Town Park, a 17 ha. pentagon-shaped site, flanked by Yishun Avenue 4, Yishun Central, Yishun Avenue 11 and Yishun Ring Road, was built in the mid-1990s. In 1993, shopkeepers, merchants and tradesmen at Yishun Ring Road pooled their resources and upgraded their commercial units into a shopping area called Chong Pang City. It is made up of around 125 shops, a cooked food centre and wet market stalls, and it stands out with its aesthetically -designed pedestrian malls and archways.

Schools along the road are the Jiemin Primary School, Yishun Secondary School, Yishun Primary School, Northbrooks Secondary School, Naval Base Secondary School, Peiying Primary School and Northland Secondary School. In 1996, the government announced plans to upgrade facilities in the new town to include better hawker stalls, shopping precincts and parking lots. In the same year, the URA announced the government's plans to sell land in the Yishun New Town for the construction of low and medium-rise private houses. About 1000 new housing units were built at the end of the 1990s, at two locations - north of the junction of Yishun Avenue 2 and Yishun Ring Road and along Sembawang Road.

Yishun in the Present

From villages to flats. Yishun is now a beautiful estate. There are many HDB Flats, many playgrounds, and many more other facilities and amenities.

Some of these facilities and amenities are the Northpoint Shopping Centre, GV Yishun, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Polytechnic,, Yishun Community Hospital and many more.

Yishun also has transport. The 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. And Khatib MRT Station NS14, situated along Yishun Ave 2 and Yishun Ring Road.

We can see a lot of difference from the past and the present Yishun. To help the estate, civilians must also compromise following the area's rules and regulations. We must also help in cleaning/disinfecting some areas in Yishun especially parks that are meant for children.

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Our Yishun Broadway Investigation

Our Geographical Investigation has been a great opportunity for us to bond with each other, explore the neighbourhood and discover the places that are loved by residents and at the same time, learn to have more confidence in speaking to strangers.

The first thing we did when we started this investigation was interviewing residents in Yishun Broadway. It was difficult to interview because most of the time we got rejected. However, we managed to interview some residents and luckily, it was about 5 residents.

After we interviewed, we went back to school to analyse the data we have and create this newsletter.

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