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Woodlands, Singapore

Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 兀兰新镇
 • Pinyin Wùlán Xīnzhèn
 • Malay Woodlands
 • Tamil ஊட்லண்ட்ஸ்
The Mass Rapid Transit line at Woodlands, with the Woodlands Civic Centre in the background.
The Mass Rapid Transit line at Woodlands, with the Woodlands Civic Centre in the background.
Woodlands is located in Singapore
Location of Woodlands within Singapore
Country Singapore

Woodlands, (Chinese: 兀兰新镇, Pinyin: Wùlán Xīnzhèn; Tamil: ஊட்லண்ட்ஸ்) (officially referred to as Woodlands New Town, by the Housing and Development Board), is a suburban town in the northernmost part of Singapore, part of the North West Community Development Council (Northwest CDC) district. It connects Singapore with Malaysia's southernmost city, Johor Bahru, via the Johor-Singapore Causeway.


  • History 1
  • Neighbourhood Layout 2
  • Infrastructure 3
  • Education 4
    • Schools 4.1
      • Primary schools 4.1.1
      • Secondary schools 4.1.2
      • Tertiary institutes 4.1.3
      • Special schools 4.1.4
  • Places of Worship 5
  • Accessibility 6
    • Train 6.1
    • Roads 6.2
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The area consisting of modern-day Woodlands New Town first witnessed the opening of the Johor-Singapore Causeway in 1923. Early Woodlands consisted of villages and squatters where residents made their living mostly as small-time shopkeepers and vegetable farmers in the Marsiling area, while rubber plantations and poultry farms dot the landscape in Jalan Ulu Sembawang where modern-day Admiralty is located. The first HDB flats were built from 1972 in the northern part of Marsiling, and the Woodlands Bus interchange located at Woodlands Centre Road was built in 1980.[1]

Development of Woodlands began in 1981. This compromises of the building of HDB flats in the Neighbourhood 1, which was completed in 1985; well after the Marsiling Estate. The Neighbourhood 8 were completed in 1987, together with the Neighbourhood 3 in 1989. Because of the saturation of HDB flats, the numbering system added 'A', 'B' and 'C'. Blocks 6xx in Admiralty begun to be completed in 1996, together with the 7xx in 1997. Expansion into Innova began in 1998 and was completed in 2002, which consists of block 5xx. Expansion into the Woodlands East began in 1999 and completed in 2004.

Neighbourhood Layout

There are three constituencies in the town, and nine neighbourhoods (N1 to N9) within the Woodlands vicinity made up primarily of Woodlands, Marsiling, Woodgrove and Admiralty. Woodlands Square serves as the town centre while adjacent neighbourhood centres also offer a variety of commercial activities. Integrated development plans including Kampung Admiralty are officially launched in April 2014.[2]

Name of Neighbourhood Location Commercial Areas Accessibility
Woodlands Centre, Northeast, Northwest and West of Woodlands Town Causeway Point, Woodlands Civic Centre, Woodlands Square, Vista Point, Triple 8 (888) Plaza, Sembawang Town Council Via MRT at Woodlands MRT Station; Via Bus at Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
Marsiling West and Southwest of Woodlands Square Woodlands Checkpoint and Woodlands Town Centre Via MRT at Marsiling MRT Station, Checkpoint Terminal
Woodgrove South from Woodlands Square The Woodgrove Via Bus from Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
Admiralty East from Woodlands Square Admiralty Place, Woodlands Eleven Via MRT at Admiralty MRT Station, Via Bus from Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange

Of all the estates, Woodgrove is the smallest in size, located towards the northwest end of the town. Woodgrove houses most of the private housing in Woodlands, consisting of high-rise condominiums, and landed properties. Woodgrove lies in between the estates of Marsiling and Woodlands.[3]

Marsiling, Woodlands, Woodgrove and Admiralty altogether form Woodlands New Town (not to be confused with Woodlands, Singapore).


Woodlands is diverse during the day and well lit at night. Shops, eateries, and commercial zones are evenly spread through the town, with bus and transit routes operating till close to midnight.

Divisions within estates are being rapidly modernised and modelled for Singapore's standards; playgrounds, communal gardens, sheltered pavements, multi-level parking lots, barbecue-pits, recreational facilities (such as tennis courts) and trees are found[4] nearly everywhere.

With the modernising process outpacing the preservation of its past, Woodlands Town Garden keeps a clear and simple agenda, to bring greenery in the right ambience with the mixture of the local ethnicities. The theme of the park revolves around the Malay and Chinese culture, and winding through the park is Sungei Mandai Kechil, the river that extends into a lake within the park. Woodlands Town Garden is located near to the Woodlands Checkpoint, in the Marsiling estate. To the east of this area, bordering the polytechnic is Admiralty Park, a 27-hectare national park much of which is covered in mangrove.[5] The recent riverine park which opened in phases is the Woodlands Waterfront. It has engaged a lot of residents, especially those staying in northern Singapore. It is also linked to Admiralty Park and a 25 km Northern Explorer Park Connector Network.

Woodlands Regional Library, the largest neighbourhood library in Singapore at the time of its launch, is operated by the National Library Board. The four-storey public library caters to all ages and is organised according to themes of general, reference, teens, and children.

Causeway Point, one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore, houses 250 shops and various outlets. Woodlands Civic Centre is a designated centre of education, public services, and other forms of assistance for residents. The centre houses the Woodlands Regional Library, several banks, CPF Woodlands Branch, and numerous merchandise and educational institutions.

Sports are an emerging emphasis in the Singaporean society. Recreational facilities can be easily located around the estates and especially in parks: The multi-purpose stadium, the Woodlands Stadium, and Woodlands Swimming Complex are common places for sport-goers.

Experimental styles of architecture have found their way into Woodlands, making the town a place of wonder and color, with much integration with recreation. From the early practical designs to its modern-day luxurious manifestation, housing apartment blocks are no longer as plain as they sound; with the garnish of parks, communal gardens and décors, these blocks are pieces of art and style themselves. The centrepiece of the town, Woodlands Square, attracts a constant flow of travellers and shoppers daily. Tireless planning and redevelopment keeps the town modernised.


Educational institutions are evenly distributed throughout the estate. From newly founded schools to well-established ones, Woodlands has several top educational institutions in the northern region. Schools in Woodlands are allocated into the N5 and the N7 clusters.

Singapore's first sports school, Singapore Sports School, is an independent boarding school with some of the finest sports facilities. Singapore's fifth polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, is situated in the north of Woodlands. Innova Junior College, a new junior college in Singapore, is situated at the south of Woodlands.


Primary schools

  • Marsiling Primary School
  • Fuchun Primary School
  • Innova Primary School
  • Woodgrove Primary School
  • Woodlands Primary School
  • Woodlands Ring Primary School
  • Riverside Primary School
  • Admiralty Primary School
  • Qihua Primary School
  • Greenwood Primary School
  • Si Ling Primary School
  • Evergreen Primary School
  • Northoaks Primary School

Secondary schools

  • Woodlands Secondary School
  • Spectra Secondary School
  • Fuchun Secondary School
  • Riverside Secondary School
  • Woodgrove Secondary School
  • Evergreen Secondary School
  • Christ Church Secondary School
  • Marsiling Secondary School
  • Woodlands Ring Secondary School
  • Singapore Sports School

Tertiary institutes

  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Innova Junior College

Special schools

  • MINDS - Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore

Places of Worship

Woodlands has 6 churches and 1 mosque.


  • Woodlands Carepoint Methodist Church
  • Woodlands Evangelical Free Church
  • Covenant Evangelical Free Church
  • New Life Bible Presbyterian Church
  • Church of Saint Anthony
  • Lighthouse Evangelism Church


  • An-Nur Mosque
  • Upcoming[6]


Woodlands is highly accessible, connected by major roads and expressways, with a relatively large underground bus interchange, the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange and an elevated MRT station next to Causeway Point at Woodlands Square. Most of the bus routes are operated by SMRT Buses, while SMRT Trains operates the MRT stations.


Residents of Woodlands are serviced by the three MRT stations, at the centre of the suburb, Woodlands MRT Station; north of the suburb, Marsiling MRT Station and Southeast of the suburb, Admiralty MRT Station. The regional bus interchange was relocated from the previous Town Centre, Woodlands Town Centre, to the current town centre at Woodlands Square.

Access to Woodlands will be made easier through the introduction of the 30-km long Thomson Line[7] over 2019-2021, which will create 2 additional stations in Woodlands, namely Woodlands North and Woodlands South. The first 3 stations- Woodlands North, Woodlands, and Woodlands South will be completed by 2019. This will facilitate more convenient transportation within Woodlands itself.


Land transportation in Woodlands is relatively efficient, in comparison to other estates, contrasting by the amount of well-maintained roads, though a common sight in Singapore. Twelve avenues support and help circulate all of the traffic of the town, especially the notable ones, such as Avenue 2, Avenue 3 and Avenue 7, which come from the expressways.

Avenue 2 is a shorter route from the older estates of the town to the Seletar Expressway. Avenue 3 connects Marsiling from the exit of Bukit Timah Expressway to Woodlands Centre Road, which leads to Woodlands Checkpoint. The rest of it maintains a similar route of the MRT line from Marsiling MRT Station to Woodlands MRT Station, which connects to Woodlands Square. As the avenue ends at the entrance of the slope of Woodlands Square (the road that circulates Woodlands Square), another end starts at Woodlands Avenue 7, which connects Woodlands to Admiralty, also the route of the MRT line from Woodlands MRT Station to Admiralty MRT Station.

Divisions within estates are further connected and regulated by two- or single lane roads called streets, which are distinguished by a suffix of double-digit numbers, such as Woodlands Street 82 and Woodlands Street 83. This was a common practice before the late '90s. Drives are two- or single lane roads built for newer divisions within an estate, similar to that of the streets.

Links and Crescents are often three-, two-, or single lane roads that convey commuters from a main road to another main road, such as the Woodlands Link, which connects Woodlands Avenue 9 to the main roads in the Woodlands Industrial Park. Crescents connect main roads to streets or drives.

See also


  1. ^ Jalelah Abu Baker (7 June 2013). "This used to be my playground". The Straits Times. p. B14, Home section. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Integrated Development In Woodlands, "Kampung Admiralty", Takes Off With Groundbreaking Ceremony". Housing & Development Board. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "THE WOODGROVE". Singapore Expats. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Netizens 'stalk' handsome police officer who saved cat from tree". Stomp. 16 Jan 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Singapore National Parks Visitor Guides – Admiralty Park". Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  6. ^ XUAN, LEE JIAN. "Two new mosques to be built in Jurong west and Woodlands by 2016". Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Thomson Line Media briefing" (PDF). LTA. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 

External links

  • North West Community Development Council
  • Sembawang-Nee Soon Town Council
  • Woodlands Town Park
  • Woodlands Wellington FC
  • Woodlands Executive Condominum
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Singapore Sports School
  • Singapore American School
  • School N5 Cluster
  • School N7 Cluster
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