District 21 - Upper Bukit Timah, Ulu Pandan
A district where education is the main focus, District 21 comprises of Upper Bukit Timah and Clementi. Besides educational institutions, this district is home to Singapore’s rich foliage, sub-urban shopping centres and an equestrian club.
Upper Bukit Timah
Right in the central region of Singapore is Bukit Timah, a place known for its ritzy condominiums and landed property. Also an educational hub, Bukit Timah is home to a few of the most prestigious schools in Singapore. Bukit Timah’s namesake comes from Singapore’s tallest hill. Over 150 years ago, when the area was still a jungle, tigers roamed and there was even an incident where residents of Bukit Timah were attacked by the tigers. In 1845, the British began development of Bukit Timah as a means to get rid of the tigers. Bukit Timah plays an important role in Singapore’s history as the site of surrender to the Japanese during World War II. In Bukit Timah, the houses are usually costly and spacious. Some notable condominiums in the area include Pandan Valley and Adam Park Condominium.
Clementi was named after Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, the Governent of the Straits Settlement between 1887 and 1893. During that time, Clementi was occupied by squatters and the British Armed Forces barracks.
Renowned educational institutions in Bukit Timah and Clementi include the National University of Singapore (NUS), the NUS Law Faculty, the Singapore Bible College, the Singapore Polytechnic, the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the Institute of Molecular Biology, the Singapore Science Park and the Japanese Primary School among others.
Places to visit in Bukit Timah include the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah Saddle Club and Raffles Town Club. For shopping, head to Serene Centre, Bukit Timah Plaza, Beauty World Shopping Centre and Courts Bukit Timah. Sixth Avenue is a row of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. King Albert Park, Coronation Plaza or Jelita are places you can go to get necessities. There are car showrooms in Bukit Timah including Honda, BMW, Hyundai and Nissan. The Mac Epicenter in Bukit Timah is the perfect place to go for owners of Macintosh computers.
There are ongoing works in Clementi to change the current bus interchange into a modern 40-storey complex with a new interchange, town council office, shopping malls and HDB apartments. Take a stroll in the Clementi Woods Park and Kent Ridge Park to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.
This area is served by Clementi and Bukit Timah MRT Stations. There is also a Bus Interchange service in the district.