History & Origins
Bukit Timah is a URA Planning Area in the central region of Singapore. Meaning "Tin Hill" in Malay, Bukit Timah refers to the original hill at the source of the Kranji River, which interestingly has nothing to do with Tin. The original name of the area was Bukit Temak, meaning "hill of temak trees", referring to the pokok temak, a tree that grew on the hill's slopes.
Many believe that the Bukit Timah area is considered a prominent location with very high land value. There is also little government funded public housing in the area, with the density of private housing being one of the highest of any planning area in the country. Compared to other non-CBD districts, residential properties in Bukit Timah are higher value than other areas. There are only 2,555 flats under HDB’s management in Bukit Timah, housing an estimated 8,400 residents.
Transportation & Connectivity
Bukit Timah is served by 7 current MRT stations - Hillview (DT3), Beauty World (DT5), King Albert Park (DT6), Sixth Avenue (DT7), Tan Kah Kee (DT8), Stevens MRT (DT10), Farrer Road (CC20) and 2 current MRT interchanges - Botanic Gardens (DT9/CC19) and Newton (DT11/NS21). Major roads through the area are Upper Bukit Timah Road, Dunearn Road, Bukit Timah Road, Farrer Road, Sixth Avenue, Eng Neo Avenue, Clementi Road and Stevens Road which give access to major expressways PIE and AYE. Numerous bus routes also service the residents of Bukit Timah, these include 66, 67, 74, 77, 151, 154, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961 & 970.
Bukit Timah residents can choose from 6 Primary Schools (Bukit Timah Primary School, Henry Park Primary School, Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), Nanyang Primary School, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, Raffles Girls’ Primary School) and 5 Secondary/Tertiary Schools (Hwa Chong Institution, Methodist Girls' School (Secondary), Nanyang Girls' High School, St. Margaret's Secondary School, National Junior College). Ngee Ann Polytechnic,Integrated International School,Dover Court International School,Anglo Chinese School (International),Singapore Korean International School,Swiss School in Singapore
Bukit Timah residents can shop at The Rail Mall, Coronation Shopping Plaza, Bukit Timah Plaza, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Beauty World Centre and Balmoral Plaza. The area's newest development is KAP, a mixed-development 7-storey hub of residential units and retail options. There are 40 restaurants, over 60 shops and a huge basement supermarket for everything from intimate dates to last minute shopping.
Bukit Timah is a nature lover’s paradise. It has the Green Corridor, an extended hiking/biking trail that follows the old Singapore-Malayan Peninsula railway line through wood, marsh and grassland; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, home to a high percentage of our nation’s (native) flora and fauna where you can hike up Singapore’s highest hill (163m), Bukit Timah Hill; the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is more than 150 years old and Singapore’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site.
URA Master Plan
URA has numerous plans for the Bukit Timah area, ranging from an injection of residential options in the Jalan Jurong Kechil area, to building a new one-stop facility housing a community club, Market, Hawker Centre and MRT station (at Beauty World), as well as a new residential neighbourhood called Holland Plain. This area will be designed with a wetland park and large communal spaces.
Did You know?
- Bukit Timah used to host a thoroughbred horse racing facility. It was later renovated and now hosts several restaurants, childcare centers and a Giant Supermarket
- Bukit Temak became Bukit Timah due to the enunciation of the Malay word ‘Temak’ which sounded like ‘Timah’ to the British
- The Bukit Timah railway track is no longer in use, but it still exists as a sentimental reminder of Singapore’s railway history and heritage. Together with two of its truss bridges, the former Bukit Timah Railway Station was accorded conservation status by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2011