Relax in the Vibrant Town of Toa Payoh
Toa Payoh is amongst Singapore's first public housing zones and has developed over the years into a hive of activity. Spending time in Tao Payoh gives visitors to the country an opportunity to truly absorb Singaporean life. The Tao Payoh area offers an abundance of entertainment, shopping and dining experiences.
Toa Payoh had a rather infamous beginning as a large squatter district. Residents were involved in farming and pig rearing whilst others worked in factories or were mechanics, hawkers or domestic helpers. During 1962 the Government provided various inducements to the squatters, who in turn began to vacate the district. Starting in 1964 the area was redeveloped. Toa Payoh now also encompasses Toa Payoh New Town, constructed in 1970 as a satellite town. The Toa Payoh Toiwn center has become very popular as a commercial hub. Shopping centers and the mall provide endless opportunities for shopping. Within the mall there are two plazas, a cinema and library.
Toa Payoh Town Garden is a great attraction in the small town. Measuring some 4.8 ha, the park was established in the 1970s. A main feature in the park is the stunning carp pond with a lovely waterfall. Little islands on the pond are connected by bridges and are wonderful for romantic strolls in the evenings. Stunning plant life such as willows, bamboos and other trees give the Toa Payoh Town Garden a serene ambiance. Another feature of the park is the observation tower with its amazing panoramic view. Facilities in this lovely park have recently been improved and include a pavilion, gazebos, restrooms, colorful pathways, a fountain pool, bright lighting and more. Visitors can also make use of the outdoor chessboard, children's playground and tea kiosk.
Singapore's Toa Payoh has come a long way from a squatter camp to a bustling, colorful town - not to be missed.