OVERVIEW OF THE BUKIT MERAH NEIGHBORHOOD
Bukit Merah is a new town and planning area located in the southernmost area of Singapore’s Central Region. It borders Queenstown in the west, Tanglin in the north, Outram, Downtown Core, and Central Area’s Singapore River planning area in the east. Also, it shares the same maritime border with the Southern Islands based on the southernmost point. Being home to approximately 150,000 residents, Bukit Merah is the most populous planning region in the Central Region and the tenth most populous area in Singapore. Before industrialization, Bukit Merah was a center of the developing heavy industry market, with many mills and brickwork factories present. The town is also home to Tiong Bahru, the first housing estate in Singapore. The public housing situation is cited as the basis for the area’s rapidly growing population over the past few decades. Currently, Bukit Merah is divided into 11 subzones, including Tion Bahru, Telok Blangah, Singapore General Hospital, Redhill, Henderson, HarbourFront, Everton Park, Depot Road, Bukit Merah Central, Bukit Ho Swee, and Alexandra. There are five MRT stations which serve Bukit Merah across three lines: North East, Circle Line, and East West. Also, there is 1 bus terminal and 2 bus interchanges in the New Town. The planning area has many primary schools, secondary schools, and tertiary institutions.