Pasir Ris


Pasir Ris is located in the east of Singapore. It was originally a low-lying, undeveloped area with kampongs and villages. The beach was a popular resort for water skiing, parties and picnics in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Today, the new landmarks in the area are the popular NTUC Pasir Ris Resort, Pasir Ris Beach Park, Pasir Ris MRT Station and White Sands, a shopping mall.


Pasir Ris was originally a low-lying, undeveloped area with kampongs and villages like Kampong Pasir Ris, Kampong Bahru and the various Chinese kampongs along Elias Road. The area was well-known for its many plantation estates including the Singapore United Plantations, Loh Lam Estate, Hun Yeang and Thai Min Estates. The beach was a popular resort for water skiing in the 1950s. There was also the Pasir Ris Hotel, venue of many memorable parties and picnic gatherings in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.

Key Features
Today it is the NTUC Pasir Ris Resort that is popular with the locals. The 14.7 ha resort with 396 superior chalets and 30 executive suites was completed in 1988, one of the first luxury resort fully equiped with the amenities of a country club made affordable for the ordinary Singaporean. Almost self-sufficient, with its own NTUC minimart and eating outlets ranging from restaurant to an air-con cafeteria, the resort is most often packed on weekends with families and groups of teenagers on a barbeque jaunt. Pasir Ris Beach Park which now stand off Elias Road, is popular with children who enjoy the intricate wooden items in the playground. The 35 ha park is cut through by Sungei Tampines and spans between the end of Jalan Loyang Kechil and the NTUC Pasir Ris Resort. Pasir Ris, with seven sub-zones today, covers a total area of approximately 1,533 ha. The Pasir Ris MRT Station and White Sands, the shopping mall in the Town Centre, are new landmarks in the area.

Variant Names
Pasir Ris is perhaps a contraction of Pasir Iris where Pasir means "Sand" and iris means "to shred".

Vernon Cornelius

Urban Redevelopment Authority. (1995). Pasir Ris planning area: Planning report 1995 (pp. 5, 6, 8). Singapore: Urban Redevelopment Authority.
(Call no.: RSING 711.4095957 SIN) 

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