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Serangoon is home to an estimated HDB resident population of 68,800 and we manage 21,634 flats in the town (as of 31 March 2018).
The etymology of Serangoon’s name is thought to have come from 2 main accounts. A common account attributes the name to the ‘Ranggong’, the Malay name for a bird commonly found in the riverine swamps around the Serangoon River. The numeral ‘one’ or ‘satu’ in Malay abbreviated to ‘sa’, led to the name ‘Saranggong’, which Serangoon was formerly known by. Another account suggests that it was derived from ‘di-serang dengan gong’, a Malay phrase which translates to ‘to surround with gongs’, possibly a reference to the use of gongs to scare away animals from the forested area of Serangoon.
During the post-World War II years to the 1960s, Serangoon was home to a mix of old kampung settlements, villages, rubber plantations, and other agricultural activities.
Serangoon is a mature housing estate. The area was enlivened when Nex, a shopping mall integrated with a bus interchange, and the Serangoon Circle Line station were completed in 2010.
The centrally-located Nex shopping mall is one of the largest malls in the north-east region of Singapore. The mall is a favourite hangout for residents and visitors alike with its comprehensive offerings of retail, entertainment and dining options, and its accessibility to public transport.