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.
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!
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.
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.
All pictures were shot with my LG V40.