Choa Chu Kang
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Within the Choa Chu Kang neighborhood lies a cluster of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats and private condominiums including Yew Tee Residences, Blossom Residences, Northvale and The Warren. Besides the Choa Chu Kang and Yew Tee MRT transport services, this neighborhood also offers the Light Rail Transit, which interconnects the district with the Bukit Panjng area. To cater to the mainly young family population in the relatively new estate, De La Selle School, Kranji Primary School, Teck Whye Primary School, Chua Chu Kang Secondary School, Unity Secondary School and Pioneer Junior College are part of the numerous educational institutions nearby. In the near future, residents can look forward to more job opportunities with the development of International Furniture Park at the Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate. For the sports enthusiasts, Choa Chu Kang also offers a sports hall, sports stadium and swimming complex are within the vicinity.
Choa Chu Kang is a residential town in the West Region of Singapore. Its name originated from a common practice in China to name villages after the clans that controlled the part of the river where the villages were settled. The words “chu kang” in the Teochew dialect referred to the river settlement that the clan head, or “kang chu”, controlled. “Choa” was presumably the clan name of the kang chu, who were probably owners of the plantation located there in the 1800s. While it was mainly the site of rubber plantations and kampungs (villages) in the past, the neighbourhood has transformed over the years into a lively residential area, with many amenities available, including a library and countless shopping malls. A relatively new estate, the neighbourhood is home to many families with young children.
There is a fair mix of both private and public housing available in this neighbourhood; there are, by far, larger numbers of HDB flats available, however. These flats in turn vary in sizes and layouts as well, so one can be assured that they will be able to find whatever kind of house they are looking for. Those looking for private housing can look to the many condominiums present in the area, such as Yew Mei Green, Windermere, and Northvale. There are also many landed properties of varying sizes, for those who would prefer a bit more space and privacy.
Eat & Drink
Though many people claim that all the good food can be found in the East of Singapore, there are many gems to be found in the West, as well. The neighbourhood of Choa Chu Kang has a lot of good food, if you only know where to look. In particular, there is a lot of affordable local food to be found in the district.
Try out a delicious plate of Ah Boy Chicken Rice, which is touted to be celebrity chef Eric Teo's favourite - it's located at Block 678A Choa Chu Kang Crescent. Alternatively, head to Choa Chu Kang Park for a Chinese Seafood dinner - the BBQ Sambal Stingray will have you drooling and craving for more! The other dishes are said to be pretty good, as well. If you're feeling adventurous, try out some Asian fusion dishes at Gardenasia Bistro, such as their Hokkien Mee Pasta. There are also many individual zi char places that are hidden gems in the area - hidden in quiet coffee shops and industrial estates: take a day off to explore the neighbourhood, or simply spend a few minutes scrolling through a google search to find out more! Satisfy your dessert cravings at cafes such as Dessert by Quintessa and The Brown Ups. The Nutella Bread Pudding at Dessert by Quintessa is perhaps the closest thing to chocoholic heaven, and The Brown Ups serves up some awesome churros, fried Mars bars, and other equally decadent treats!
Shopping malls in the area such as Lot One also have many more eateries and places to grab a cup of tea or coffee, such as the ever-popular Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
The main shopping mall in Choa Chu Kang is Lot One, located beside Choa Chu Kang MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) stations, as well as the Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange. Lot One hosts a supermarket, cineplex, library as well as various other food outlets, clothing stores, and stores offering various services. With the other, smaller shopping centres in the neighbourhood, such as Choa Chu Kang Centre, Keat Hong Shopping Centre, Limbang Shopping Centre, Sunshine Place, Tech Whye Shopping Centre, Yew Tee Square and Yew Tee Point, all of the residents can easily purchase their daily necessities. There is also a polyclinic in the district.
There are very few farms left in Singapore, but Choa Chu Kang, being a neighbourhood close to nature and reputed for being quiet, hosts one of them - a goat farm called Hay Diaries.
The farm welcomes farm visits, and even organises tours for larger groups! This would be a great educational experience for young children, especially as they can try their hand at milking the goats themselves! Choa Chu Kang has many parks scattered throughout its district, which is perfect for a stroll or jog on a free afternoon. Also, keeping with its family-friendly theme, the neighbourhood also boasts a Mega Playground, which will sufficiently occupy and tire your energetic young ones out, for when you simply can't keep up with them anymore. The Mega Playground isn't just catered for young children, however. It now hosts a badminton court, street soccer corner, basketball court as well as an elderly fitness corner, among other facilities.
The neighbourhood also caters to the fitness junkies with the Choa Chu Kang Stadium and its neighbouring swimming and sports complex . The sports complex, in addition to normal facilities such as courts for the various sports, also offers Zumba classes and K-Pop dance classes to cater to its residents.
As mentioned earlier, Lot One Shopping Mall is host to the Choa Chu Kang Public Library, which offers a wide range of books as well as a place for student to study. There is an impressive number of schools in the neighbourhood which cater to different ages: There are eight primary schools in the district, including De La Salle School and Unity Primary School, and six secondary schools, including Regent Secondary School and Teck Whye Secondary School. The tertiary institutions, Pioneer Junior College, and ITE College West, are also in the neighbourhood.
Choa Chu Kang MRT Station is located along the North-South line, and there is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system that operates within the neighbourhood, with LRT Stations located throughout the neighbourhood so that residents can easily access the public transport system. Choa Chu Kang LRT station is located at Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, so that there is ease of access between the two rail systems, and these stations are in turn located next to the Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange; this allows residents increased convenience when switching between modes of transport. (All images are sourced from Pixabay, and may not be true representations of items and places discussed in the article.)