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Author: leahlim   |   Latest post: Wed, 18 Sep 2019, 3:26 PM

 

Jurong East: From swampland to Singapore’s next CBD

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Mention Jurong, and some instinctively think of a no man’s land, factories with smoggy air, or the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It’s not hard to understand why from their perspective. On Singapore’s map, Jurong lies to the island’s southwest and has always been thought of as nudging the country’s edge.
Once little more than a vast swathe of swampy mangroves, Jurong—named after the Malay word for “shark”, or “jerong”—later discovered new purpose as Singapore’s industrial hub, and a miniature city centre was born. From the 1960s to the 1980s, Jurong gradually shed its old skin as a plantation area dotted with fish and prawn ponds (and a few crocodile-infested rivers), and morphed into a self-sufficient town.
 
 
 

 

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