Tampines is named after the tampines trees that used to occupy the entire Tampines area. Tampines trees are also known as ironwood trees. These forest of ironwood trees were first discovered approximately a decade ago, in the 1900s. Tampines is also termed as the residential Orchard Road. This is due to it's wide variety of shopping malls made available there. Tampines was previously the site for military training. Military training however, ceased in 1987.
Tampines is accessible by public transportations too. It falls under the green MRT line. Several expressways are also directly connected to Tampines, like the Pan Island Expressway and the East Coast Parkway expressway.
Tampines does not fall short under the parks and schools sector either. It offers a wide selection of parks there including Sunplaza Park, NParks, Tampines Bike Park and many more. The schools available here includes those from primary all the way to tertiary level; Tampines Junior College and Temasek Polytechnic. There is also a Tampines National Library. It is located within walking distance from the Tampines bus interchange.