Yishun is a residential town located in the northern part of Singapore. The name, Yishun, is a Mandarin romanisation of Nee Soon, named after Lim Nee Soon, a prominent industrialist who made his fortune from rubber and pineapples.
Notable amenities available in Yishun include Northpoint Shopping Centre, Chong Pang City, Golden Village Yishun, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and Yishun Public Library.
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Not a wasteland
First things first - Yishun is not a wasteland. We may be segregated from the rest of the island and a little inaccessible, but there isn’t ‘nothing’ in Yishun.
Yishun boasts a scenic dam, delicious hawker fare, and the most aesthetic hospital on the island. The amenities and facilities in our old estate are constantly expanding and revamping, with around 5 new parks and many more HDB buildings and condominiums having opened the past decade. I admit, it does suck travelling to much more ‘happening’ locations in the country. Even with the Downtown Line opening, nothing much has actually improved for Yishun residents. Convenient city buses are often too packed for my comfort, and peak hours are terrible whether you’re taking the MRT or the feeder buses to the interchange.
I’ve grown up in Yishun all my life, and moving out is a scary prospect. But when I take hour-long bus or trains rides home from an event, I find myself fantasizing about living in a terrace house in Serangoon or Upper Thomson Road.