Located in the far-flung regions of the south-western part of Singapore, District 22 is most widely known for its industrial rather than residential use. However, in recent decades, the government has started to test-bed many exciting new urban living solutions and infrastructure to help transform the way residents can “live, work and play” in the West, making it an exciting place to be!
Situated in the south-western region of Singapore, District 22 includes:
- Jurong: Once an unpopular residential neighbour due to the industrial estates nearby, recent years of infrastructure developments, enhanced employment opportunities in nearby business districts and increased accessibility has changed that.
- Tuas: A bustling heavily industrial neighbourhood packed with many large manufacturing firms and companies with few to no residential living areas within.
- Boon Lay: Another densely packed industrial estate, which acts as the gateway to Singapore’s man-made petrochemical island (Jurong Island), and home to Jurong Bird Park.
Parks and Sports Centres
To help enhance the living environment in a heavily industrial space, the government went to great efforts to plan for abundant green spaces within Jurong – with new parks and waterways to help residents get closer to nature.
The opening of the massive 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens (one of Singapore’s National Gardens) for one, offers residents in the heartlands nearby so many opportunities to get in touch with nature. From water coves, playgrounds, adventure courses, sprawling grasslands, restored swamp forest, to the beautiful, landscaped waterfront, there’s something for everyone in the family.
Other notable green spaces include the Western Catchment Area, Yunnan Gardens, Jurong Central Park, Jurong Hill Park, and Jurong Lake Gardens.
When it comes to sports centres, Jurong has it all. To cater to a large and growing population of residents, Jurong is home to multiple sports complexes – from the Jurong East Sports Centre, Jurong West ActiveSG Sports Centre, Jurong Leisure Complex, and Jurong West Sports Hall, to the Jurong Lake Garden ActiveSG Gym
Schools, Libraries, and Other Public Facilities
As the government plans to develop the western part of Singapore as a new business zone outside the Central Business District, residents can expect many exciting new developments in the years to come.
From “car-lite” mobility corridors, healthcare hubs like the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, not one but four major shopping malls, unique recreational spots like the Singapore Science Centre, and Jurong Bird Park, to the upcoming mixed-use and industrial developments in the Jurong Lake District and Jurong Innovation District, there is so much to look forward to.
For families looking to make the West their home, there’re also plenty of school choices for you. Schools in the district include:
- Primary schools like Jurong Primary School, Fuhua Primary School, Shuqun Primary School, and Rulang Primary School, to name a few
- Secondary schools like Jurong Secondary School, Yuhua Secondary School, Fuhua Secondary School, Crest Secondary School, Hua Yi Secondary School, Jurongville Secondary School, and River Valley High School amongst others.
- Tertiary and pre-tertiary institutions include Jurong Pioneer Junior College, ITE College West, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Food & Beverages (F&B) and Retail Options
As with most Singaporean neighbourhoods, cheap local fare can be found at nearby hawker centres and food courts. In District 22, some of the popular hawker joints include Yuhua Hawker Centre, Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre, and Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre.
Not a fan of hawker food? Try out the cluster of eateries at d’Arena along Upper Jurong Road, and the many malls in the district instead.
Worried about not having too many shopping or entertainment options in a heavily industrial district? Trust us when we say Jurong has so many major malls of its own you probably will never need to head to town for anything. These include Westgate, JEM, Jcube, IMM, Jurong Point, and Pioneer Mall.
Upcoming Enhancements in Public Transport Connectivity
At the moment, District 22 is served by two main MRT lines (the North-South line and East-West line), but that is expected to go up 4 rail lines by 2035 with the introduction of a new Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line.