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Jurong East constitutes the area around Jurong Town Hall Road and the Pan Island Expressway, as well as the Teban and Pandan estates. Jurong East is also part of the largest industrial area in Singapore.
The town is home to an estimated HDB resident population of 78,000 and we manage 23,897 flats in the area (as of 31 March 2018).
The name Jurong is most probably derived from the Malay word for shark, ‘jerung’.
The place was also formerly known as Peng Kang to the local Chinese community, due to the gambier plantation which used to be located there.
The development of the Jurong area started in the 1970s, when estates such as Boon Lay, Taman Jurong, Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, Hong Kah, Teban Gardens, and Yuhua were developed with the resettlement of Hong Kah (present-day Tengah) and surrounding villages.
In recent years, the town has become known as the ‘Orchard Road’ of the Western part of Singapore, with shopping malls such as JEM and Westgate sprouting up in the area.
Residents can enjoy the revitalisation of the Jurong Lake District under the Remaking Our Heartland programme, which will transform the town into a new regional centre.
In August 2017, the Urban Redevelopment Authority unveiled the Jurong Lake District Draft Master Plan, which features 3 distinctive precincts – Jurong Gateway, Lakeside, and Lakeside Gateway. The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail terminus is also set to be located within the Lakeside Gateway, providing a gateway for cross-border business and travel with the potential to plug into regional growth opportunities.
Besides the new shopping malls in the area, nature lovers can head to the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. A tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the main town area, the gardens feature traditional Chinese and Japanese architectural styles.