Geylang is home to an estimated 87,300 HDB residents, and we manage 30,304 flats within the area (as of 31 March 2018).
The word Geylang is of Malay origin and is likely to be a variation of the word ‘kilang’, meaning press, mill, or factory, many of which were common in the area.
In the 1930s, several exclusively Malay districts were formed, such as the Kampung Melayu (Malay Village).
The Geylang Serai Housing Redevelopment Scheme which began in 1963 and was conducted over 3 phases, transformed the area into a modern housing estate. By the 1980s, the old kampungs in the area were gone.
Today, a bustling multi-cultural HDB population lives in the area, which continues to be known for its rich Malay heritage.
Tanjong Katong Complex, the first air-conditioned HDB shopping complex, was built in the Eastern part of Singapore. Within the neighbourhood, upgrading works to HDB’s Joo Chiat Complex have transformed it into a spanking new shopping hub.
Sri Geylang Serai is a public housing development integrated with the Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre, which is known for being one of the busiest wet markets in Singapore.