Mandai Road


The two-lane Mandai Road connects Woodlands Road to the junction of Upper Thomson Road and Sembawang Road.1 The road was paved in 1855, and located along it are landmarks such as the Singapore Zoo and the Mandai Orchid Gardens.2

History
The name “Mandai” first appeared on the 1828 Plan of Singapore by Captain James Franklin on which a river was labelled “R. Mandi”. Some believe that the name was taken from an unidentified tree. Others suggest that “Mandai” might be a corruption of mandi, meaning “bathe” in Malay, as the river could have been used for this purpose. Constructed in 1855,3 Mandai Road is surrounded by greenery.4 Tin was also reportedly mined at the 11th Mile Mandai Road in 1907 by a businessman, Tan Kim Wah; it is a rare record of tin found in Singapore.5


Description
The Singapore Civil Defence Force Mandai Training Village is located on Mandai Road,6 while Nee Soon Camp lies at the junction of Mandai Road and Sembawang Road.7 The road passes through a part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve within which the Singapore Zoo, Mandai Orchid Gardens, Seletar Reservoir and Seleter Reservoir Park are located.8

Landmarks
Designed by Chan Kui Chuan, the Singapore Zoo was built in 1973 and spread over 28 ha of thick woods. The zoo is known for its unique style of display using open animal enclosures. Mandai Orchid Gardens, built in 1960, is a privately owned four-hectare garden located on Mandai Lake Road, off Mandai Road.9

Seletar Reservoir at the Mandai Road area was constructed in 1969 by the Public Works Department and is one of the largest water catchment areas in Singapore. Also on Mandai Road and built slightly later in 1973, the Seletar Reservoir Park is a frequent haunt for joggers, walkers and horse riders.10

Orchidville is a private orchid farm located off Mandai Road and owned by the Phua brothers. Opened in 1994, it is spread over 43 ha of land, making it the largest orchid farm in Singapore.11

In 2002, it was announced that the Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex located off Mandai Road will undergo expansion works estimated to cost S$63 million. There will be a new crematorium building and six columbaria blocks that can house 79,000 additional niches for remains.12 Also along Mandai Road is a 13-hectare golf course built in 1992 for S$2 million by the Public Works Department.13



Author

Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
1. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 500. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
2. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 500. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
3. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Edition, p. 247. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
4. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 500. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
5. Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who’s Who Publications, pp. 203–204. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS])
6. Lim, R. (1987, May 23). Most reservists now value civil defence. The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Singapore Land Authority. (n.d.). OneMap. Retrieved 2016, August 30 from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
8. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 500. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
9. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 20. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
10. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, pp. 44, 500. (Call no.: RSING 915.57 EDW-[TRA])
11. Orchid farm now also blooms as a party venue. (2002, December 27). The Straits Times, p. 19. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. Mandai crematorium to get $63m expansion. (2002, February 5). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Work on Seletar Reservoir Park golf course begins. (1992, July 5). The Straits Times, p. 17. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.



The information in this article is valid as at 2003 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

 

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Street names--Singapore
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urbanization--Singapore
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