Overview of the Bedok Neighbourhood
Based in the East of Singapore, Bedok is the most populous planning area in the country with approximately 289,000 people in 2017. This high demographic mainly comes from the affordable prices of public housing in its New Town because of relatively distant locations from the Central Area. In addition to public housing developments, many private residential areas are also common in Bedok, mostly in southwestern and western areas. Bedok covers an area of nearly 9.4 km2 with 42% allocated for residential use. It is bounded by Singapore Strait to the southeast and south, as well as 5 other planning areas: Marine Parade in the southwest, Geylang in the west, Tampines in the east and northeast, Hougang in the northwest, and Paya Lebar in the north. It used to be a hilly area, and hence the town’s focal point is a special sports complex and landscaped park constructed on the higher ground. Bedok is divided into 8 subzones with 16 districts, including Bayshore, Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Bedok South, Siglap, Kembangan, Kaki Bukit, and Frankel. As of 2016, there are two junior colleges, nine secondary schools, and eleven primary schools in the neighborhood.