Overview of the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood
Ang Mo Kio is a residential town and planning area based in the Northeast area of Singapore. With nearly 167,000 residents, it is the third most populous region in the country. The district was covered mainly by swamps and forest until the HDB redeveloped it in 1073. During the 70s and 80s, the area underwent major commercialization with the emergence of neighborhood startup businesses, which still remain prevalent through its center today. Ang Mo Kio covers a total area of 13.94 km2 and is bordered by five other planning areas: Yishun in the north, Central Water Catchment in the west, Bishan in the south, Serangoon in the east, and Sengkang in the Northeast. Much like other neighboring towns, it is mostly urbanized with little ecology. However, there are still many natural parks from Singapore’s green initiative. The area is divided into 12 subzones for statistical and urban planning purposes. These include Town Center, Cheng San, Kebun Baru, Chong Boon, Shangri-La, Sembawang Hills, Townsville, Tagore, Yio Chu Kang West, Yio Chu Kang North, Yio Chu Kang East, and Yio Chu Kang. Also, social, religious, medical, legal, administrative, and educational services catering to the general population might also be found in the town.