Yishun is an area in the northeast of Singapore. Prior to the colonial period, it was said to be inhabited by the indigenous nomadic boat-dwellers known as Orang Seletar – descendants of the orang laut or “sea people” who lived in boats and made a living as fishermen. The town is named after Lim Nee Soon, a prominent businessman during the colonial period. The Yishun area was used to grow gambier and pepper, and later, rubber and pineapple, but these crops declined in popularity as most planters shifted to Johor. The Chinese village settlements in the north–Mandai Tekong Village, Nee Soon Village, Hup Choon Kek Village, Heng Leh Pah Village, Bah Soon Pah Village and Chye Kay Village–developed to support the plantations. The development of Yishun New Town, a planned modern suburban satellite town with public housing and associated amenities, began in 1976 and the residents of the villages in the area were resettled in various areas of Singapore up until 1983. In the mid to late 2010s, Yishun began to develop a unique and sensational urban reputation for having odd and unusual happenings but in many ways it is like many other satellite towns.
Discover more about its history in this story map.
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- This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the buildings and landmarks of Yishun.
- The title of the base map used in this story map is Open Street Maps.
- This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following sources: A pictorial history of Nee Soon Community (1987), The Development of Nee Soon Community (1987), and Yishun Sembawang: A Heritage Trail (2010).
- This story map was made by Foo Shu Tieng, Grace Ho, Roslinda Rahman, and Damien Wang.