8 Fun Facts About Tampines
Tampines today is a far cry from its early days as a fishing village known for its sand quarries, orchards and coconut plantations. Tampines has the distinction of being the first town in Singapore to be developed on a precinct concept in 1979 – thereby promoting neighbourliness and a sense of belonging among residents.
Here are 8 fun facts that makes Tampines ever so endearing and liveable.
1. Tampines was named after the Tempinis tree
The Tempines tree (Streblus Elongatus) – Photos courtesy of nparks.gov.sg and tampines.org.sg
Tampines was named after the Tempinis tree (Streblus Elongatus). It is known for its durable timber. Its flowers are small and elongated, arranged in pendulous spikes or catkins.
The tree is valuable for its hard and heavy, yet flexible and durable, timber that can be used for flooring, doors and window frames. It is for this reason that large trees are now scarce.
In Tampines, the tree can be found at Blk 254 Tampines St 21, Blk 146 Tampines Ave 5, Blk 323 Tampines St 33, Blk 498L Tampines St 45, and Blk 714/713 Tampines Ave 9.
2. Tampines is the largest residential area in the city-state of Singapore
Artist’s impression of an aerial view of the proposed Tampines North development. – http://www.hdb.gov.sg
With a total area of 20.61 km2, Tampines is home to a population of about 216,100 people.
Tampines is one of Singapore’s four regional centres (along with Woodlands, Jurong East and future Seletar ), under the plan of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. As a result, the Tampines Regional Centre serves the Tampines residents and the entire East Region.
Tampines is also the second largest commercial hub outside the Central Region of Singapore after the Jurong Lake District. It is in the East Region of the main island. The town is so named because in the 1900s (decade) a large forest of ironwood trees, or tempinis, were there.
3. Tampines has three shopping malls
The Tampines Mall. One of the three shopping malls in Tampines
Tampines has three shopping malls (Tampines Mall, Century Square, and Tampines One) to cater the wide resident base in the entire Eastern part of Singapore.
Tampines Mall and Century Square houses the Golden Village and Shaw Theatres, respectively. While boasting popular shops like Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski, and EDC.
It’s also good to mention that within Tampines, there’s the IKEA Tampines, Giant Hypermarket, and Courts Megastore at Tampines North Drive 2.
4. Tampines will have the Tampines Town Hub in 2016
Tampines Town Hub (TTH) is a 120,000sqm development that will combine recreational, sporting, community and culture facilities under one roof.
This first-of-its-kind integrated lifestyle destination not only offers Tampines residents a wide range of activities and facilities – its mission is to reconnect Tampines residents together, putting the heart back in the heartlands.
5. Tampines will have three MRTs by 2017
Tampines MRT station (EW2)
Including the existing Tampines MRT station (EW2), Tampines will have two additional underground MRT stations of the Downtown line, namely the Tampines East (DT31) and the Tampines West (DT33).
6. There is a hidden park in Tampines
View from northern shore of Tampines Quarry – sgwalkingroutes.blogspot.sg
The three main parks in the Tampines are Sunplaza Park, at Tampines Avenue 7 and 9. The other parks in Tampines are mainly community areas – Tampines North Park, Tampines Leisure Park, Tampines Central Park, Tampines Park, Festival Park, Tampines Green, Tampines Tree Garden and some neighbourhood parks.
Another park is Tampines Quarry Park, which originally was a sand quarry. As time passed, rain water filled the quarry. It is the only park in Tampines that is not equipped with any facilities, but this park is still popular among residents living nearby. There are no signs to the park and there is no entrance as it is hidden among the greenery. There are hidden pathways to enter.
7. There are two giant cone-shaped structures in Tampines Road
Tampines Newater Service Reservoir – thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com
No. These are not giant spinning tops nor concealed UFOs like in MIB. These are actually two concrete inverted cone shaped storage tanks built to each hold 8448 cubic metres of NEWater.
But who knows. Maybe they are actually landing bases for UFOs.
8. In 1992, The United Nations awarded the World Habitat Award in the Developed Country Category to HDB for Tampines town
Mr. Hsuan Owyang, Chairman of HDB, receiving the World Habitat Award trophy from Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret – http://www.park.org
Today, Tampines has one of the most developed regional centres which serve a wide resident base in the entire Eastern part of Singapore. In October 1992, the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) of the United Nations awarded the World Habitat Award in the Developed Country Category to HDB for Tampines town, an award recognizing innovative and successful human settlements.
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For Sale – 277 Tampines St 22, HDB 4A
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277 Tampines St22 is just steps away from the Griffiths Primary School, The Holy Trinity Church, and 500m from the Tampines MRT. Accessible by the PIE, ECP, and TPE highways.
Enjoy life abundantly.
With 3 nearby malls, Tampines brings the city just at your arms reach. Go shopping, enjoy the cinemas, do your groceries, and dine at your favorites. All yours to choose from.
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Unit Address : 277 Tampines St 22
Category : HDB 4 Rooms
Unit Size : 104 sqm (1,119 sqft)
Location : East Region (Singapore)
Built : 1985
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