Yishun West & Chong Pang | Home Tourist Photo Essay 2

Yishun HDB Residential Estate
Yishun HDB Residential Estate

Exploring Yishun, Singapore’s errr, scariest HDB estate?

Date of walk: Sep 6, 2019. Location: Singapore’s … most terrifying HDB estate. Yishun!

Yishun! The wildland of the North. Home to the weirdest, the scariest, the most incredible and impossible in the lion city.


Yeah. No thanks to various peculiar incidences in recent years, what was once a typical HDB neighbourhood in the north nowadays “enjoys” a dubious reputation. To the extent, there was once talk about building a wall around the whole estate, ala Trump style.

Some SG socio-political sites also milk the joke incessantly. For example, any Yishun incidence reported by a certain site would always carry the tagline “It could only happen in …” Or the likes of.

But, I’m a macabre person. The sort who wouldn’t mind hugging a Pennywise doll to sleep. And so off I went to this fearsome estate last Friday.

Overall impression, aiyo, what a let-down! There were no carnivorous aliens or wicked demons, or dancing cosmic clowns. Instead, there were only freshly painted flats, a magnificent Hindu temple, and yummy, affordable local food.

From Khatib Station to Sembawang Road

My adventure, ahem, began at Khatib MRT Station. Nothing noteworthy here, just the usual evening crowd. Oh, there were a couple of tourists about. My guess is that they were looking for the free shuttle bus to the Night Safari, or heading to ORTO.

Khatib MRT Station.
Khatib Station. Nothing much to see here …
Yishun Block 813 mural.
There were several new flats right next to Khatib Station. Here’s the mural at one void deck. It’s intricate and well done.

From Khatib Station, I headed northwest alongside Yishun Ring Road. Along the way, I passed by several freshly repainted blocks, a pic of which I’ve featured above. I have to say the vivid colour combination is eye-catching, and not quite befitting a town with such a frightening reputation!

Sree Maha Mariamman Temple in Yishun.
Sree Maha Mariamman Temple at the junction of Yishun Ring Road and Yishun Ave 3. It’s a Hindu golden palace worthy of an epic RPG game!
Yishun Flats.
Flats I passed by as I headed towards Sembawang Road.
Cai Png, or Chinese mixed rice.
I think for many of us who live in HDB estates, “Chinese Mixed rice” is a sight associated with the evening, the end of a workday, and the time to feast after a hard day’s work. That is, if you eat Chinese food.
Sembawang Road restaurants.
Eateries along Sembawang Road. The road could be considered the western boundary of Yishun.

Early Dinner at Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

I was looking forward to this. Believe it or not, I’ve never eaten here before, despite reading about it so many times over the years.

Chong Pang Nasi Lemak Stall.
The famous Chong Pang Nasi Lemak.
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak dishes.
They have quite a wide variety of yummy dishes for you to choose from!
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak.
I went for something simpler. The traditional (Chinese) Nasi Lemak side dishes of luncheon meat and spicy string beans, and sweet-sour pork. The pork was very crispy and delicious!

Onwards to Yishun Station

The final leg of my walk was more-or-less a straight route from Chong Pang City to Yishun MRT Station.

Chong Pang Village Statue.
Err … the Chong Pang statue? 😛
Chong Pang City stalls.
The stalls at Chong Pang City are small, but all sell a bewildering variety of goods. Even the fruit stalls.
Chong Pang Market food stalls.
At Chong Pang Market and Food Centre, probably the most famous hawker centre of the district.
Yishun Mid Autumn Festival 2019 celebrations.
Resident-made lanterns beside Yishun MRT station. According to nearby posters, a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration was scheduled for the next day.

All pictures were shot with my LG V40.

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