Choa Chu Kang has an average crime rate for Singapore.
Choa Chu Kang, or just “CCK” to locals, was originally a kampong (Malay for “village”) between the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Settled largely by Chinese immigrants, most of the earlier inhabitants in the area were of the Teochew dialect group who planted gambier and pepper along the riverbanks. The name “Choa Chu Kang” is derived from the Teochew word “kang chu”, with the word “kang” referring to the riverbank, “chu” meaning “owner”, and “Choa” being the clan name of the first headman. Hokkiens moved in to the area later, establishing plantations growing pineapple, rubber, and coconut, as well as vegetable and poultry farms. Choa Chu Kang was also infamous for the wild tigers that used to roam free here, but the last ones were killed in the 1930s.
The redevelopment of the area began in the 1980s. The old Chinese kampongs with their traditional attap houses, plantations, and street hawkers have since been cleared out to make way for more modern residential estates. Boats and bullock carts have given way to well-connected bus routes and MRT stations.
Like many other planned HDB estates, the area is well-serviced by public transport networks and has ample community, recreational, commercial and industrial facilities located nearby. While condominium complexes are available in the area, Choa Chu Kang has a higher concentration of HDB estates and as such, HDB apartments are more readily available in this neighborhood.
With a range of local supermarkets (e.g. Sheng Siong, Giant, and NTUC Fairprice) as well as local hawker food centres conveniently spread out across the neighborhood, convenient amenities are never too far away. Large suburban shopping malls such as Lot One and Junction 10 offer outlets for retail therapy, a variety of dining options, entertainment features such as cinemas, and even art/music/dance enrichment centers for the younger ones.
For those seeking a bit of greenery and fresh air, Choa Chu Kang Park offers a retreat into large grass fields, scenic jogging routes, and even walking paths through remnants of the old fruit plantations that used to exist here. The presence of kindergartens, primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions makes Choa Chu Kang a popular neighborhood for families, but with such ample community, recreational, commercial and industrial facilities located nearby, couples, older residents, as well as singles and professionals choose to call Choa Chu Kang home.
Choa Chu Kang is bordered on the north by Yew Tee, on the east by Tech Why, on the south by Keat Hong, and on the west by Peng Siang.
CBD: 28.7 km / 30-55 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Changi Business Park: 32.9 km / 30-60 minutes by car / 90-120 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 9.2 km / 15-30 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 14.5 km / 20-45 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Tuas: 20.3 km / 30-60 minutes by car / 110 minutes by transit
Conveniently located next to Choa Chu Kang MRT and bus interchange, Lot One is a large neighbourhood mall offering plenty of retail and dining options with almost 150 stores available. The mall creates deliberate “green spaces” as well, with a roof garden on the 5th floor of the building and outdoor playgrounds.
With approximately 100,000 sq ft. of retail and food & beverage outlets, Junction 10’s prime location serves residents in CCK and the surrounding neighborhoods. The mall houses education facilities, essential amenities, lifestyle brands, beauty and wellness services, and numerous cafes and eateries, and is a one-stop shop for many residents’ everyday shopping needs.
A family attraction perfect for a day out, Farmart Centre features a village with animal feeding, farm tours, and prawning activities. The centre also houses a few hawker stalls serving up affordable local Chinese, Halal and even BBQ dishes to feed those hungry bellies and fuel you with energy for more fun.
With a skate park, fitness stations, large grassy spaces, and children’s playgrounds, Choa Chu Kang Park offers plenty of recreational activities for the family. The park retains a bit of history as remnants of old fruit plantations still remains in certain parts of the park, and are open for public exploration.
A small neighborhood park distinguished by the native evergreen Tembusu trees. Located in the middle of 3 blocks of HDB buildings, the park provides a relaxing and shaded area to rest and play.
Home to the S-League’s Singapore Armed Forces FC/Warriors FC, Choa Chu Kang Stadium is part of the Choa Chu Kang Sports & Recreation complex that supports a range of sports and community functions. Visitors and the general public can use a range of facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts, badminton courts, street soccer pitches, gyms etc.
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