Pasir Ris, a town close to nature and the sea

Pasir Ris sits on the eastern part of Singapore, at one end of the East-West MRT Line. It looks far removed from the madding town crowd. In fact, it is sought after by many for its multiple gems.
Pasir Ris was one of nine neighbourhoods handpicked for HDB’s Remaking OurHeartland initiative. A key focus is to develop and enhance the offerings from nature this township is already known for, with plans to include more nature trails and cycling paths.Many Pasir Ris residents walk, cycle, and take public transport when they are out and about—Pasir Ris was one of Singapore’s first towns to have an intra-town cycling path network. It isn’t surprising that the neighbourhood gravitates towards all things nature; the sea is nearby and the name Pasir Ris (Malay for “White Sand”) came about because of its natural white beach snaking along the coast.
Pasir Ris is shaped like a horse saddle, which is poetic, given there are pony rides at Pasir Ris Park. Source:
Pasir Ris has eight sub-zones in its planning area. They are: Flora Drive, Loyang East, Loyang West, Pasir Ris Central, Pasir Ris Drive, Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park, and Pasir Ris West.
White Sands has been the area’s main mall since 1997 and is located right next to Pasir Ris MRT Station. Photo credit: Selwin Wu
More than 100,000 HDB residents live in most of these Pasir Ris sub-zones (Pasir Ris Water Fab Park is an industrial area) across nearly 30,000 homes. According to the HDB website, Pasir Ris “exudes a lively seaside ambience”.
Palms complete the beach vibe at 502 Pasir Ris Street 52. Photo credit: Selwin Wu