History & Origins
Tanglin is a planning area located in the Central Region of Singapore, its name is derived from the name of the house of William Napier which was located in the area. Originally called Tang Leng in Chinese, Tyersall house, which was constructed in 1854, was named after Twa Tang Leng meaning "great east hill peaks". After the first British allotment in 1822, Teochews ventured into, and colonised the tiger-infested Tanglin area and started cultivating sireh, pepper, gambier and nutmeg. The Europeans soon followed, growing spices and bungalows in the area.
Tanglin is one of the few districts in Singapore where public housing is absent. Instead, the area is home to many foreign embassies and large landed homes on quiet streets. Some notable private developments include Paterson Suites, Grange Residences, Cyan, Nassim Park Residences, Orion, Admore II and Orange Regency. New launches planned include Fourth Avenue Residences, Parksuites and Mon Jervois.
Transportation & Connectivity
Tanglin is served by 1 current MRT station - Stevens (DT10) and 1 MRT interchange - Botanic Gardens (CC19/DT9); 2 future MRT stations - Napier (TE12) and Orchard Boulevard (TE13). With the opening of Stevens MRT (TE11), it will become an MRT interchange for the Downtown Line and Thomson East Coast Line. Major roads through the area are Napier Road, Tanglin Road and Jervois Road. Numerous bus routes also service the residents of Tanglin. These include 5N, 7, 48, 75, 77, 93, 105, 106, 123, 132, 153, 165, 174, 186, 190, 855, 961, 972 & NR8.
There is only one secondary school within the prestigious district of Tanglin - Crescent Girls’ School. However, the schools nearby are Queenstown Secondary School, Queenstown Primary School, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), St Joseph's Institution, Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, EtonHouse International, Gan Eng Seng Secondary School and Tanglin School (ASPN), a special needs school.
Being on the cusp of Orchard Road, residents of Tanglin are able to easy access the malls on Orchard Road, including Tanglin Mall and Forum The Shopping Mall, which are just on the outskirts of the district. Further down Orchard Road are iconic malls such as ION Orchard, orchardgateway, 313@Somerset and Paragon Shopping Mall.
Tanglin has two significant areas where residents can spend their free time - Botanic Gardens and Dempsey Hill. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been in existence since 1859. It was first used as a testbed for collecting, growing, experimenting and distributing agriculturally useful plants to the region. Today, it is primarily a communal space for picnics, gatherings any botany-enthusiasts to gather and share the lush greenery with mother nature. Dempsey Hill is a bohemian enclave that houses food, lifestyle and artistic opportunities for Singaporeans. Situated on the outskirts of Orchard Road, this quiet area is often associated with the tranquility expected of first dates, the charm of antique shops and the luxury of fine dining restaurants.
URA Master Plan
URA's plans for Tanglin has two main focuses - Nature and Connectivity. There are plans to expand The Singapore Botanic Gardens while the new Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will connect with the Downtown Line (DTL) at Stevens MRT to give residents better access to other parts of the city.
Did You know?
- Several roads in Tanglin were named after famous personalities and place names with a Scottish background. Examples include Balmoral (named after Queen Victoria’s favourite residence in Scotland), Edinburgh, Tyersall, Cluny, Claymore and Scott
- In 1980, Tanglin was designated as a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) area, where many exclusive and elaborate houses can be found
- Established at Tanglin, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is Singapore’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site, proudly known as the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List