Ang Mo Kio has a below average crime rate for Singapore.
Located in the north region of Singapore, Ang Mo Kio means “red-haired man’s bridge” in the Hokkien dialect, with “Ang Mo” being a colloquial term for Caucasians. Though it was largely uninhabited during the 19th century, Ang Mo Kio started welcoming settlers at the turn of the century when the rubber industry boomed and the land here was used for large rubber plantation estates.
Ang Mo Kio came into its own as a residential town in 1980. It's quite a tame part of the city, lacking the energy and liveliness of the city centre, so it mostly attracts families thanks to the many primary, secondary, and tertiary schools in the vicinity, as well as older residents.
However, it does have many public bus lines as well as two MRT stations (Ang Mo Kio and Yio Chu Kang) servicing the area. These excellent transit options make it convenient to get elsewhere in the city, and this convenience does attract some younger couples.
With a variety of condominium complexes, apartments, as well as HDB flats (many of them newly refurbished) to choose from, affordable housing is most definitely within reach.
A large suburban shopping mall, Ang Mo Kio Hub, offers a variety of retail and restaurant dining options, and other neighborhood supermarkets dotted around the area serve residents’ everyday shopping needs.
CBD: 12.7 km / 15-40 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 19.6 km / 25-55 minutes by car / 85 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 16.9 km / 20-50 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 12.2 km / 20-45 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
Tuas: 35.6 km / 40-75 minutes by car / 120 minutes by transit
A suburban shopping mall in the heart of this neighbourhood, Ang Mo Kio Hub is serviced by the Ang Mo Kio bus interchange and linked to the Ang Mo Kio station as well. With six floors of retail and dining outlets as well as a variety of services, AMK Hub serves as a one-stop shop in the neighbourhood for many residents’ needs.
One of the largest urban parks in Singapore, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park offers lush greenery, large open lawns, a 3km river meandering through the park, and a children’s play facility. The features of the park makes it a great place for joggers, family picnics, and children’s play times.
The third largest chain of supermarkets in Singapore, Sheng Siong is a grocery and fresh food provider in many neighbourhoods in Singapore. Expect to find less international import products at this retailer compared to other chains of supermarkets.
NTUC is the largest supermarket chain in the country. You can find groceries, fresh foods, as well as other household necessities at this convenient neighbourhood supermarket.
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