Population wise, Bedok is the largest planning area in the Republic. Bedok has an estimated HDB resident population of 196,400 and the HDB manages 61,100 flats within the town (as of 31 March 2017).
Why Should You Live in Bedok?
Bedok's high demographic is largely explained by the affordable public housing in Bedok New Town, due to its relatively distant location from the Central Area. Besides public housing developments, private residences are also prevalent in the area, most of which are found in the neighbourhoods of Bayshore, Frankel Avenue and Siglap, in western and southwestern Bedok.
Many private condominiums are also seen sprouted around the reservoir as these private developments use “living by the water” as their main selling point.
Bedok New Town covers a land area close to 9.4 km² with some 42% occupied for residential use. It was formerly a hilly region and hence the focal point of orientation of the town is the special landscaped park and sports complex built on the higher ground of the town.
The residential blocks, as well as the industrial area, are planned based on the neighbourhood concept. There is also a town centre together with Bedok Mall and Bedok Point being built. The most notable landmark in Bedok would be Bedok Reservoir, which was created as a result of the deep excavation works to provide an earth for the sea reclamation work. Bedok Reservoir has grown to be a popular place for exercise and recreation, as it is filled with joggers and bikers on the weekends. Boating activities are also organized regularly.
Local Food Haven
Mention Bedok and the first thing that comes into the minds of the Singaporeans are delicious street food.
Bedok is home to several popular hawker centres (food centres) in Singapore such as Fengshan Blk 85 (which was made famous of its rojak by a local political personality, in addition to its famous bak chor mee or minced meat noodles and BBQ chicken wings), the Bedok Central hawker centre where you can find cheap and good eats such as fried carrot cake (chai tow kuay), fried Hokkien noodles, and hot desserts like green bean soup at only $1.20!
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