District 19: Hougang, Punggol, Sengkang and Serangoon Garden

Located in the north-eastern region of Singapore, District 19 includes Hougang, Punggol, Sengkang and Serangoon Garden.

It blends public housing (consisting of flats built by Housing and Development Board (HDB)) and private housing seamlessly with abundant greenery, rich heritage, diverse schools, recreational and commercial amenities, and some of the best restaurants and hawker fare in Singapore.

Parks and Sports Centres

Hougang offers plenty of green spaces and sports facilities for residents. The 16-hectare Punggol Park includes a pond for fishing, a bike kiosk for renting bicycles, and a fitness corner for working out. There are also designated picnic spots and event venues for your gatherings. Further north, Punggol Waterway Park offers one of Singapore’s best spots for avid water sports lovers. Nature lovers will also be glad to know that Punggol is conveniently located next to Lorong Halus wetland and Coney Island, where there is rich biodiversity.

The Hougang Sports Centre has many facilities, such as a swimming pool, jogging track, gymnasium, football field, badminton court and more. Families with kids can check out the new Ci Yuan Sports Park, which has a children’s playground and various courts for street soccer, badminton and volleyball.

Heritage Attractions

Located by the sea, Punggol Point, a national heritage site, has a jetty and sandy beaches, which often attract tourists, locals and water sports lovers. Residents can also take a walk through Singapore mainland’s last remaining village, Kampong Lorong Buangkok (located in Hougang), and get transported back to a time when life was simpler in Singapore.

Other historical landmarks in Hougang include the Phoh Kiu Siang T’ng, a traditional Teochew charity organisation and temple built in 1953. Even older is the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Built in 1853 and gazetted as a national monument in 2005, the church now holds Masses in Korean, Teochew, English and Mandarin.

Schools, Libraries and Other Public Facilities

The diversity of schools in District 19 includes Holy Innocents’ Primary School and Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School in Hougang, Mee Toh School in Punggol, Nan Chiau Primary School in Sengkang, and St Gabriel’s Schools and Rosyth School in Serangoon Garden.

District 19 is also home to many public libraries, polyclinics, hospitals and community centres, which enable residents to enjoy a wide variety of services at their convenience.

Food & Beverages (F&B) and Retail Outlets

District 19 is a treasure trove for food lovers. Besides local favourites at hawker centres such as Ci Yuan Hawker Centre and Kovan Market and Food Centre, residents can also explore international cuisine at shopping malls such as Heartland Mall, where there are Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines. For seafood lovers, Punggol has the best selection of restaurants offering fresh and affordable seafood.

Other malls with varied food and retail choices include Hougang Mall, Hougang Green Shopping Mall, Compass Point Shopping Centre, Rivervale Mall and Waterway Point. All these malls also offer a good mix of retailers, from health and beauty centres, kids’ enrichment classes, medical centres and clinics to fashion outlets, IT retailers and supermarkets.

Integrated Transport Hub

The Punggol, Sengkang, Buangkok, Hougang and Kovan Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations connect the housing estates in District 19 to the downtown area. The upcoming opening of the Cross Island MRT Line will greatly enhance this district’s accessibility. The new Defu MRT station will serve residents living in Hougang’s outskirts, while Serangoon’s residents will benefit from the new Tavistock MRT station. All these factors will make District 19 even more attractive for residents and prospective home buyers.