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Punggol

Punggol
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 榜鹅
 • Pinyin Bǎng'é
 • Malay Punggol
 • Tamil பொங்கோல்
Punggol is located in Singapore
Punggol
Punggol
Location of Punggol within Singapore
Coordinates:
Country Singapore
Punggol New Town
Oceanus@Edgefield Plains
The Punggol West LRT is located in relatively undeveloped surroundings in 2006. As of 2015, you can no longer view the LRT Station directly from this point of view. The plain area shown here has been developed into new HDB Flats and Condominiums.
Punggol Interchange

Punggol, or Ponggol, is a neighbourhood in northeastern Singapore. Presently, there are plans to turn the area into a residential new town (Punggol New Town) under the Punggol 21 initiative which has begun taking place in the southern parts of the area bordering the neighbouring Sengkang New Town.

Etymology

Punggol Point or Tanjong Punggol appears as Tanjong Rangon on Franklin and Jackson's 1828 map of Singapore. Punggol, also spelt as Ponggol, means "hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground" in Malay. It might also indirectly refer to the Tamil word "பொங்கல்" or Pongal, a festival celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the first date of the month Thai and also a sweet made specially on that day.

Double name

The name Punggol is used in Punggol Road, Punggol New Town and its nearby facilities. The older name Ponggol is still retained in two of the street names: Ponggol Seventeenth Avenue and Ponggol Twenty-Fourth Avenue.

History

The Punggol area used to be a well-established rural district dotted with farmhouses and farm structures, which were serviced by roads and dirt tracks. Many of the Chinese villagers were engaged in poultry, pig or fish farming, as well as plantation and farm produce. The last pig farm closed down in 1990. Hydroponic non-pollutive vegetable farms and orchid farms used to flourish along the Cheng Lim Farmways and Buangkok Farmways, along with old kampongs and low-rise residential areas. Most of these farms have given way to the high-rise HDB flats of Sengkang New Town and Punggol New Town.

Historically, Punggol was populated mostly by Teochews and Catholics. The end of Upper Serangoon Road is known to Teochews as kangkar or "river bank" or "river mouth". Ferries were used on the

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