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An interchange between the North South Line and Circle Line, Bishan is an established neighborhood with attractive housing and a diverse range of amenities. Several top tier schools such as Raffles Institution (Secondary and Junior College), Catholic High and the Australian International School Singapore are in the vicinity. The Ministry of Education Language Centre, allowing students to pick up a third language, is located here as well. In the near future, a new healthcare facility along with two new residential developments, Sky Habitat and Sky Vue are expected to join the current 40 odd condominiums sprawling the town. Junction 8 Shopping Centre is right outside the station while Thomson Plaza is a short distance away, providing shopping, dining and entertaining services at your fingertips. At 62 hectares, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in Singapore. Besides the usual ponds, playgrounds and lush greenery, other features include a community garden, a vantage point on a hill, and a Riverside Gallery.
Bishan is one of the matured residential towns in Singapore. Located in the most central region of Singapore, Bishan is immensely popular amongst property buyers. Its central location provides homeowners with the ease of travelling to and from different parts of Singapore.
An interesting fact about Bishan - it was once land that belonged to Kwong WaI Siew Peck San Theng that served as a cemetery for Cantonese and Hakka communities of Singapore. During World War II, it was the site of a fierce battle between the Japanese and British forces. The fall of Singapore to the Japanese made Peck San Theng a place of refuge for most of the Singaporean population. After the war ended, the land was acquired by the Singaporean government for development. Peck San Theng has been converted into a columbarium today and the graves were exhumed which paved the way for the construction of Bishan.
What was once a cemetery is now one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Singapore.
HDB prices in Bishan are higher compared to other neighbourhoods primarily due to the location and good conditions. As of 31 March 2018, Bishan constitutes a total of 20,072 HDB flats and an HDB resident population of 63,200.
Bishan New Town was one of the first neighbourhoods in Singapore to start designing their HDBs. With variations in height and capped with distinctive and colourful pitched roofs, these new HDB designs have become closely associated with Bishan’s skyline.
For private housings or properties, one can look into the condominiums present in the area, such as Bishan Loft, Bishan Park Condominium, Sky Vue, etc.
Known as a residential area, Bishan is bursting with local delicacies.
One of the food spots that Bishan is most commonly associated with is Ming Kee Chicken Rice (明记鸡饭).
With chicken rice being one of Singapore's world-renowned dishes, you might be wondering what is so special about this particular chicken rice stall? Well, the answer to that question, Ice-Bathed Chicken Rice!
A long queue is to be expected during peak periods, evidence of Ming Kee's popularity. At just $3.50, satisfy your chicken rice cravings with Ming Kee’s tender chicken and cucumber, accompanied by a bowl of steamed fragrant rice and hot soup.
Another food stop you should definitely check out is Bhagawan Thosai Corner. Nestled in a corner of a coffee shop and run by an elderly Indian couple, they make the best Masala Thosai.
This place is widely known among Bishan residents and frequent visitors alike. For just $2.50, their thosai is guaranteed to please.
If cafes and restaurants are your preferred cup of tea, Bishan is definitely a place you should call home. Hop on a bus to nearby Upper Thomson and find yourselves transported to shophouses lined with cafes and ice cream parlours.
One Man Coffee is one of Upper Thomson’s most well-known cafe. They’re known to have some of the best coffees islandwide. Order a cup of cappuccino and relax in this rustic little cafe as you watch the world go by.
If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, swing by one of Thomson’s watering holes - Sara’s. One of the longest-standing establishments in the streets of Upper Thomson. This bar is home to many of its patrons who live in the area, serving just about everything from beer to scotch. If not, head down to Molotov Bistro & Bar. Where you can catch a game of football over a couple of drinks with your pals.
Junction 8, Bishan North Shopping Mall and Thomson Plaza are 3 of the malls located in Bishan. Junction 8 is a much trendier mall in comparison to the other malls and its proximity to the MRT and numerous shopping and food options makes Junction 8 the go-to mall for Bishan residents. Equipped with a supermarket and a cinema, it’s definitely a popular hangout spot for youngsters and residents alike.
Thomson Plaza, situated close to the multiple shophouses and cafes on Upper Thomson Road, is equipped with everything you need from a Popular bookstore to FairPrice Finest. A one-stop destination for all your basic necessities.
Bishan hosts one of the largest urban parks in Central Singapore. After undergoing a massive reconstruction in 2010, the new Bishan Park opened 2 years later featuring a meandering river running through the park that serves as a buffer to slow down the flow of rainwater, preventing waterways from flooding in times of heavy rain.
Bishan Park is the perfect leisure destination for all residents ranging from children to nature lovers alike. With facilities such as a football field, a floating amphitheatre, a natural pond and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to visit for a fun-filled day.
While you’re taking a stroll along the river, be sure to keep a lookout for the Bishan otter family. This family of otters has caught the hearts of many frequent Bishan Park visitors. First sighted in 2014, this group of otters gained national attention in 2015 and has been one of Bishan Park’s highlights since then.
All dog-owners and dog lovers will be pleased to know that Bishan Park has a dedicated area for all your furry pals to meet and play with their new furry friends.
For all skateboarding enthusiasts, head down to Bishan Harmony Park to perfect your skateboarding tricks. Fully equipped with all the essentials that cater to call beginners and professional skaters alike - a large area of flat concrete ground for the ones who just picked up a skateboard, a large bowl and ramps for the pros to work on their advanced moves.
Home to three of Singapore's most prestigious educational institutions, Catholic High School, Raffles Girls' School and Raffles Institution.
Raffles Institution is one of Singapore’s oldest educational institutions and often cited as Singapore’s premier school and it has also been recognised as one of the top feeder school for Ivy League Universities.
There are currently 3 primary schools (Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School, Guangyang Primary School and Ai Tong School) and 6 secondary schools (Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School, Whitley Secondary School, Guangyang Secondary School, Catholic High School, Peirce Secondary School and Raffles Institution) located in Bishan.
The Bishan Library is located right beside Bishan Bus Interchange and a mere 6-minute walk from the Bishan MRT Station.
Bishan Station is located in the centre of the district and runs along the North-South line and Circle line. It is directly linked to Bishan Bus Interchange.
Marymount and Thomson are also part of Bishan. They are linked through the Circle Line and the new Thomson-East Coast Line. The New Thomson-East Coast Line is scheduled to be fully functioning in 2024. This new line will serve as an alternative to the North-South Line from Woodlands to Marina Bay, enabling commuters to shorten their travelling durations to the East Coast area from Bishan. A new MRT station - Bright Hill MRT Station is set to be completed in 2020.
For those who prefer private transportation as a mode of travelling, the Central Expressway (CTE) which links the city centre to the central and northern parts of Singapore is the main expressway serving Bishan.