District 11 – Novena, Newton, Thomson, Watten Estate
District 11 comprises many exclusive private housing areas, large reservoirs, renowned schools and religious buildings. It is a place where Singaporeans can enjoy myriad facilities that cater to their everyday needs.
A town located in the Central Region, Novena is an urban planning zone under the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Many of its roads, buildings as well as the MRT Station are named after the Novena Church (or Church of St Alphonsus). Homes in Novena are generally more expensive due to its prime location and amenities. Although there are many condominiums like Birmingham Mansions, Thomson Euro-Asia and Lion Towers in Novena, there are no HDB flats in the area.
The Newton Planning Area is located in the Central Region of Singapore. Newton Road is situated within the Novena Planning Area, from the south of Newton Circus to the north of Thomson Road. Newton is famous for its food centres, specifically the Newton Food Centre, which offers mouthwatering local fare.
A Scottish name by origin, Dunearn was named after Dunearn House, the former Oldham Hall Boarding School situated on the road. The road is filled with tall trees such as Broad Leaf Mahogany, Kenanga, Droopy Cassia, Rhu and Jambu Laut. Located at the junction of Dunearn Road and Gilstead Road is the Home Nursing Foundation erected in 1966 to serve as the Singapore Family Planning Centre. Now, the World Health Organisation utilizes the building. Built in 1970, the Bougainvillea Park features a variety of Bougainvillea and other types of flowers. Private residential units built in over the years line Dunearn Road. Chancery Court, a HUDC made up of 84 maisonettes and 52 studio apartments was built in 1981.
Novena houses many amenities such as the Novena Square Shopping Mall, Novena Medical Centre, a sports-themed mall called Velocity and United Square – a kid oriented mall.
In Newton, the Newton Circus is the site of the well-known Newton Hawker Centre (now the Newton Food Centre). Although some may feel that the food centre is overly pricey, it is an airy spot and you’ll be spoilt for choice with its wide variety of food stalls. Recommended dishes include the oyster omelet, popiah, barbequed chicken wings and barbequed seafood.
There are many educational institutions in the vicinity of Dunearn such as Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, The Chinese High, Swiss Cottage Primary School, Hwa Chong Junior College and Anglo-Chinese School.
Places of worship in the Dunearn area include Phor Beng See Temple, Kuan Yin San Temple, Gospel Light Christian Church, Bethlehem Bible Presbyterian Church and Barker Road Methodist Church, The Korean Church in Singapore and the Life Bible Presbyterian Church.
The Copthorne Orchid Hotel and Raffles Town Club are a couple of the commercial buildings along Dunearn Road.
District 11 is served by the North South MRT Line at the Novena MRT Station and Newton MRT Station.
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