The Serangoon Walkabout
Start at Kovan MRT


The Serangoon Walkabout will take you through Yio Chu Kang Chapel, The Japanese Cemetery Park, Flower Road, St. Paul's Church, The Serangoon and much more.

Tours: This walkabout will begin right after the map below. Click here to skip History.

History: Tamil Muslim traders from India pioneered the settlement of Serangoon in early 19th century. he Serangoon area is made up of four sub-zones; Seletar Hills, Serangoon North, Serangoon Gardens, Serangoon Central. It is bounded by Yio Chu Kang Road to the north, Braddell Road and Bartley Road to the south, the Central Expressway (CTE) to the west and Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Serangoon Road and Upper Paya Lebar Road to the east.

Take Exit A at Kovan MRT Station (NE13).

With the opening of Kovan MRT Station, Hougang South Bus Interchange ceased operations in February 2001 and its services were transferred to Hougang Central Bus Interchange.

Continue forward along Upper Serangoon Road until you cross Flower Road, just ahead you should see St. Paul's Church.

Upper Serangoon Road serves as the main transportation spine of the planning area. Up to the 1960s, the area was made up of villages, rubber plantations and other agricultural activities. People lived in small compounds where they grew fruit trees and reared poultry and had their own supply of water.

1. St. Paul’s Church is the first church built after the Anglican Diocese was established in Singapore in 1909. Built in 1936 and the design chosen was in the shape of a classical Latin cross. St Paul’s Church started as a house church.  A handful of worshipers met in an old mission’s house-home of the late Mr J Gibson, a stone’s throw from the present location of St Paul’s Church. (This house has since been rebuilt and was the Sin Ming High School and currently the premises of the Helping Hands.)

Walk back and along Flower Road until you come to 15 Flower Road.

2. Champagnat House is a three-storey private residence of the Marist Brothers. The Marist Brothers is a lay-religious (Brothers) Congregation founded in 1817, near Lyons, France, by Saint Marcellin Champagnat. Following Champagnat's example, the Brothers strive to "follow Christ as Mary did", living out this ideal in community. The Marist Brothers came to Singapore in 1949.

Continue on along Flower Road, you will pass by Highland Rd/Jln Chorak, Palm Gr Ave.

CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent began as a private school in 1938 in a rented house in Flower Road. At that time, there were 21 pupils and a staff comprising one nun of the Order of the Holy Infant Jesus and two teachers. Primary classes were phased out in the sixties and by 1975; St.Joseph’s Convent became a purely secondary school. It moved to a new campus in Sengkang in 2000.

Turn left at Glasgow Rd.

Turn right at Sandilands Rd, you will pass by Rosyth Rd, MINDS-Idea Employment Devt Ctr, Phillips Ave.

Turn left at Parry Ave, walk to the end of Parry Ave.

Turn right at Chuan Hoe Ave, just ahead you should see The Japanese Cemetery Park on your left.

3. The Japanese Cemetery Park (日本人墓地公園) where the ashes of 10,000 Japanese who died here in World War II are buried alongside the ashes of more than 1,000 pre-war Japanese settlers here. It is the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia at 29,359 square metres, consisting of 910 tombstones that contain the remains of members of the Japanese community in Singapore, including young Japanese prostitutes, civilians, soldiers and convicted war criminals executed in Changi Prison. Founded in 1891, it served primarily as a Japanese burial ground. No one has been buried here since 1973 as this cemetery was one of the 42 cemeteries where burials were prohibited by the government. It was gazetted as a a memorial park in 1987.

Take Chuan Hoe Ave and turn right at Yio Chu Kang Rd.

Yio Chu Kang Road, a major road in the north, connecting Upper Thomson Road to Upper Serangoon Road. Associated with gambier and pepper plantations and kampongs or villages in the 19th century, the road today reflects the urban development of 20th century Singapore. Even so, the area had several kampongs until the late 1980s.

You will pass by Poh Huat Road West on your right, after crossing this road you should see Yio Chu Kang Chapel on your right.

4. Yio Chu Kang Chapel - The Brethren movement (Christianity) arrived in Singapore with Philip Robinson (founder of Robinson and Company in 1858). Robison and his wife Elisa was a devout couple. In 1864, they and a few like-minded Christians rented a room at Bencoolen Street, intending that in these humble premises (called the “Mission Room”), believers could meet for worship and the gospel could be preached. This was the beginning of the Brethren movement in Singapore. Today, it grew and since 1988, one assembly is now at Yio Chu Kang Chapel.

Cross over the overhead bridge in front of you and turn left into Serangoon North Ave 2. On your right is Mjd Al-Istiqamah.

5. Masjid Al Istiqamah is the second mosque to be built under Phase 3 of the Mosque Building Fund Project headed by Muis. The new mosques built within this phase are named after virtuous qualities as a continuation from the first one – Masjid Al-Khair (The Good). Initially, Muis had suggested the name “As-Sobr” (The Patient) for this mosque but after consultation with a few asatizah (local Islamic scholars), the name “Al-Istiqamah” (The Constant) was selected. At one glance, the masjid (“mosque”) blends the architectural flavours of buildings in the Middle East, Nusantra and Mauritius. It (picture right) was completed in May 1999 and can accommodate up to 3300 people at any given time. It is dubbed the multimedia masjid for its IT facilities.

Turn right and take the lane towards the Multi-Storey-Car-Park (on your right), at the end of the road is The Serangoon CC.

6. The Serangoon CC, a distinctive building boasting vibrant colours with soothing water features, is a merger of the former Serangoon Gardens CC at Serangoon Garden Way and Serangoon North Community Centre at Serangoon North Avenue 1. The Serangoon CC was officially opened by Mr. Goh Chok Tong, Senior Minister on 19 March 2006.

You have come to the end of the walkabout, there is a bus stop in front of The Serangoon CC along Ang Mo Kio Ave 3. Bus services: 25, 55, 74, 74E, 76, 116, 132 and 165.

Ang Mo Kio was named after a bridge built in Thomson Road by J. T. Thomson who was the government surveyor in 1841 and 1854. It literally means ‘large and prosperous bridge’. J.T. Thomson’s outstanding achievement was the erection of the Horsburgh Lighthouse on Pedra Branca.

Information is correct as at 30 November 2014. Please visit the destination website for latest updates.