Village Residence Hougang
Hougang MRT Station, Kovan MRT Station
Hougang is a residential town and planning area located in the Northeast side of Singapore. The town is the most populated in that particular region borders Sengkang to the north and Geylang as well as Serangoon to the south while Bedok is situated to the southeast, Paya Lebar on the east side and Bishan and Ang Mo Kio to the west side. There are eight subzones in Hougang; Hougang Meadow, Hougang Central, Hougang South, Kovan, Serangoon North and Buangkok View. Hougang is also where the last preserved kampong is situated in Singapore which is Kampong Lorong Buangkok.
The name Hougang is originated from the meaning river end as the location is situated upstream or at the end of Serangoon River. There was also a well-known well that was located at Hougang Street 21 that is identified as the tua jia kha that means “foot of a big well”. In the past, the village was popular for its food stalls, street wayang, Chinese medicine stores and story-tellers with spinning yarns for luck.
Hougang has been developing since 1977, prominently with the construction of Tampines Way and the development of new neighbourhoods. As Hougang is regarded as the heartland of Singapore because of its location that is fairly near to the Central Are, most of its commercial activities are centred around several shopping malls such as Hougang Mall, Kar Kar Mall, Heartland Mall, Serangoon Shopping Centre and Hougang 1.
Hougang is reachable by two MRT Stations which are Hougang MRT station that is located beside the bus interchange and Hougang Mall as well as the Kovan MRT station that is located beside Heartland Mall. Residents that live nearby Buangkok can opt to drop down at Buangkok MRT station.
Made available to the public is the Hougang Central Bus Interchange that goes around the Hougang Town as well as providing services to other parts of the island. This is a much convenient choice of public transportation if you wish to reach a location that is nearer to where you intend to go, as compared to the choice of MRT.
This park is located in Hougang, taking up the space of 16 hectares with a lake measuring almost 5 hectares wide. It is a good place to be in the evening with your family or friends for that leisure walk. You can even involve yourself in activities like skating, running and much more.
The place is a futuristic park that has giant human-made tree structures that towers to the sky. You will feel like you are in the Avatar movie as this Singaporean attraction has won countless awards for its unique architecture and fantastic light shows. Visitors can further wow up their experience by going through the impressive Skywalk that stretches high up over the gardens. At nightfall, the 50 meters trees are brightly and brilliantly lighted up with a myriad of spectacular colours and light shows that starts at 8 pm. Although this place is situated in the Marina Bay, however, you can access this location from Hougang fairly easy just by taking either the public bus or the water taxi.
Just a short trip away from the city centre of Hougang is the peaceful reservoir area of MacRitchie, a part of Singapore’s water catchment system that captures rainwater to supply to the island’s growing population. The trails made available to avid hikers, frequent joggers and even first-timers wanting to get some stress relieved go surrounding the park. There is also a café made available for visitors to stop by. It is recommended that visitors take the experience of walking upon the Tree Top Walk, a 250-meter suspension bridge that stretches across the rainforest canopies. Visiting here, it is best if you wear your hiking shoes and bring a lot of water.
Situated just a walking distance away from both Serangoon Road MRT station as well as Kovan MRT station, is an affordable and comfortable hotel that you can put in the list of the places you should consider to stay. This hotel is also accessible by public buses that stop at Upper Serangoon Road and just a few minutes walk away to the hotel.
Situated in a residential area in Hougang and accessible by MRT train which is Kovan MRT station, only 8 minutes walk to the hotel. This hotel is also another option available other than the hotel suggested above. It is a boutique hotel prioritising in giving customers the best comfortable and cosy experience throughout their stay.
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