Bukit Merah

Facts and Figures

Bukit Merah is home to an estimated 145,700 HDB residents, and there are currently 54,423 flats under our management (as of 31 March 2018).

Bukit Merah comprises 5 estates: Tiong Bahru, Telok Blangah, Redhill, Mount Faber, and Tanjong Pagar.

History of Bukit Merah

Bukit Merah translated in Malay means ‘red hill’ – ‘bukit’ is Malay for ‘hill’, while ‘merah’ means ‘red’. The name came about after red soil was uncovered when the hilly sites around the Henderson/ Lengkok Bahru area were excavated in the early days.

The area around Bukit Merah, including the MRT station location, is often referred to as Redhill.

Evolving Through The Years

From its days as a place where pepper and gambier plantations were commonly found, Bukit Merah has been transformed into a residential area with a variety of commercial and recreational facilities.

Bukit Merah covers the pre-war and post-war Tiong Bahru estate built by the former Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) from the 1930s to 1950s.  Established in 1960, HDB begun building public housing on state land that was made available in Bukit Merah to address the housing shortage problem. HDB was also tasked to build many flats to house the residents affected by the Bukit Ho Swee fire in 1961. HDB continued to build housing estates at Redhill, Kampung Tiong Bahru, Telok Blangah, Bukit Purmei, and Depot Road.

For 15 years since 1987, Bukit Merah was home to HDB's headquarters at Bukit Merah Central, until it moved to Toa Payoh in 2003.

Notable Places

Within Bukit Merah, Tiong Bahru estate has emerged as a popular hangout in light of the cafes and eateries that have sprouted in the vicinity.

Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park are also popular spots amongst nature lovers. The Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore at 36m above Henderson Road. Part of the Southern Ridges, it connects both Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.