Yishun Sembawang Heritage Trail

Estimated trail distance: 6.8 km

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Yishun 10

Northpoint

Chu Siang Wah Sua Temple

Teochew Memorial Park

Chong Pang Combined Temple

Nam Hong Siang Theon Medical Centre

Chong Pang City

Sree Narayana Mission

Sembawang Hot Spring

Sembawang Presbyterian Church

Former Admiralty House

Masjid Assyafaah

Black and White Bungalows

Sembawang Park

Beaulieu House

Masjid Petempatan Melayu

Holy Tree Sri Bala Subramaniam Temple

Hwee San Temple

Cheow Leng Beo and Chee Hoon Sun Kong

Hock Huat Keng and Sri Veeramuthu Muneeswarar Temple

Masjid Darul Makmur

Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea

Yishun Park

Gurdwara Sahib Yishun

Lower Seletar Reservoir

Peiying Primary School

Naval Base Secondary School

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Masjid Ahmad Ibrahim

Spiritual Grace Presbyterian Church

Former Nee Soon Village

Upper Seletar Reservoir

Yishun Sembawang Heritage Trail

11 loved this Trail

Estimated trail distance: 6.8 km

  1. Yishun 10
  2. Northpoint
  3. Chu Siang Wah Sua Temple
  4. Teochew Memorial Park
  5. Chong Pang Combined Temple
  6. Nam Hong Siang Theon Medical Centre
  7. Chong Pang City
  8. Sree Narayana Mission
  9. Sembawang Hot Spring
  10. Sembawang Presbyterian Church
  11. Former Admiralty House
  12. Masjid Assyafaah
  13. Black and White Bungalows
  14. Sembawang Park
  15. Beaulieu House
  16. Masjid Petempatan Melayu
  17. Holy Tree Sri Bala Subramaniam Temple
  18. Hwee San Temple
  19. Cheow Leng Beo and Chee Hoon Sun Kong
  20. Hock Huat Keng and Sri Veeramuthu Muneeswarar Temple
  21. Masjid Darul Makmur
  22. Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea
  23. Yishun Park
  24. Gurdwara Sahib Yishun
  25. Lower Seletar Reservoir
  26. Peiying Primary School
  27. Naval Base Secondary School
  28. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
  29. Masjid Ahmad Ibrahim
  30. Spiritual Grace Presbyterian Church
  31. Former Nee Soon Village
  32. Upper Seletar Reservoir

Embark on the Yishun and Sembawang Heritage Trail to uncover the shared history between these two towns and discover some unique landmarks pertaining to Singapore's rich history such as Singapore's only hot spring and Asia's first cineplex, Yishun 10.

Category
Culture & Community, Nature, National History, Healthcare, Defence
Organised by
National Heritage Board - Education and Community Outreach
Number of points
32
Estimated trail distance
6.8 km

Yishun and Sembawang share a history that started before urbanisation kicked off here in the 1970s. In 19th century maps, this entire area stretching from Seletar River to Sungei Sembawang was marked as “Seletar”. The name probably came from the Seletar River. The territories covered by the indigenous nomadic boat-dwellers known as Orang Seletar, also ranged from the Johor Straits to all the waterways here.

The historical links of the new towns do not just end here. Yishun and Sembawang share the same story of development too. From gambier and pepper planting in the 1800s to rubber and pineapple planting in the early 1900s, plantationswould usually be established along Seletar River first, before extending towards Sungei Sembawang in the north.

The opening of the Singapore Naval Base in 1938 also led to development in this area. To support the Naval Base, military installations such as airbases and barracks were built in the vicinity. As such, businesses were set up in villages near these bases to meet the needs of the military personnel and their families. Migrants from places such as India also flocked here in search of work in the base. They brought with them their cultures and their legacy is still seen in Yishun and Sembawang today. The many religious buildings that still stand today, the many traditional performing arts groups that made this area their home base and the many old buildings that stand majestically here are all testimony to the rich multicultural and multireligious and colourful heritage of Yishun and Sembawang.

Please note that the Yishun-Sembawang Heritage Trail will be undergoing a refresh to bring you updated information on the different sites. Stay tuned to this space!