Bukit Merah: Introduction

11 February 2007

Abstract
Bukit Merah District is located at the immediate outskirt of the City. The district has a long history and is coloured with numerous local legends and myths.

Bukit Merah is an amalgamated town that incorporates several historical estates including Tiong Bahru and Bukit Ho Swee. Its boundaries also encompass numerous landmark and attractions like Mount Faber, Keppel Harbour, Sentosa and the Southern Islands.

Toponymics
Bukit Merah, Malay for red hill, gets its name from the “Tanjong Pagar / Bukit Merah” legend. The Malay boy, who has advised the Sultan to build a fence of bamboo pole to kill the swordfish, has alarm the Sultan with his intelligence, thus the Sultan decided to kill him. The soldiers send by the Sultan, stabbed the boy to death at his home on the hilltop and the boy's blood flow down the hill, dyeing the soil red.

The hill lies at the site of the present Bukit Merah Town Centre. Bukit Merah was levelled for the construction of HDB Centre.

Statistics
English Name: Bukit Merah
Chinese Name: 红山
Year of urban development: 1928
Total Area: 1,858 hectares
Neighbourhoods: 25 neighbourhoods + 6 offshore islands
Population: 148,500
Region: Central Region
Heritage Road Corridor: Pasir Panjang
Postal District:
0007 (Southern Islands Sub-District)
0208 (Port)
0315 (Alexandra Estate & Redhill Estate)
0316 (Bukit Ho Swee Estate & Tiong Bahru Estate)
0409 (Telok Blangah East, Harbourfront & Sentosa)
0410 (Telok Blangah West)

Transport
MRT:
EW17 Tiong Bahru
EW18 Redhill
NE1 / CC29 Harbourfront
CC27 Labrador Park
CC28 Telok Blangah

Expressway:
Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
Central Expressway (CTE)

Bus Interchange:
Bukit Merah Bus Interchange
Harbourfront Bus Interchange

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