Located in the central part of Singapore, Bishan has an estimated HDB resident population of 64,400. There are 20,072 flats under the HDB’s management (as of 31 March 2017). HDB’s first two 30-storey HDB blocks are located in Bishan.
Why Should You Live in Bishan?
Leisure and Recreation
Junction 8 is the main shopping centre in Bishan and is located conveniently at Bishan’s town centre. Residents and students of nearby institutions frequent the mall, and also the nearby Bishan Public Library. Other shopping centres:
- The Bishan North Shopping Mall is a non-airconditioned complex of shops that specialise in the sale of day-to-day products. It features a wet market. Contrary to its name, it is not a shopping mall.
- Thomson Plaza is located on Upper Thomson Road
- Thomson V One and Two is a residential complex that comes with a mall featuring shoebox sized retail units on the ground floor and basements.
- Thomson Imperial Court and Sin Ming Plaza, are residential complexes with retail outlets on the ground floor and basement
- Midview City
Bishan has its very own skate park for skating enthusiasts. Bishan Harmony Skate Park opened in 2009 and is located at the junction of Bishan Road and Braddell Road. Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park, Bishan Community Club and Bishan Sports Complex meets the recreational needs of the residents. The 62-hectare Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest urban parks in Singapore.
The town is home to two of Singapore's most prestigious educational institutions, Catholic High School and Raffles Institution.
There are a number of schools located in Bishan such as Whitley Secondary School and Ai Tong School. The land on which the Raffles Institution campus now occupies was originally meant for Bishan Junior College.
Accessibility and Transportation
Bishan is connected by road to the rest of Singapore via the Central Expressway, a major expressway connecting Northern parts of Singapore with its city centre. Also, it has its own Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, the Bishan MRT Station, which is an interchange station on both the North-South Line and Circle Line.
Bishan also has a bus interchange that provides bus services to other parts of Singapore (such as Changi and Punggol). There are also feeder bus services that operate within the neighbourhood.
The Kallang Park Connector, which begins in Bishan, provides a cycling route between Bishan and the Central Business District along the Kallang River. This 10 km route is the first park connector constructed in Singapore.
Any Future Plans for Bishan?
Bright Hill MRT Station, a station on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, will link the Sin Ming area of Bishan with the Central Business District of Singapore.