About There are nine sub-zones in Bukit Merah; Maritime Square, Bukit Merah, Redhill, Singapore General Hospital, Alexandra Hill, Henderson Hill, Bukit Ho Swee, Tiong Bahru, Kampong Tiong Bahru, Depot Road, Telok Blangah Drive, Telok Blangah Way, Telok Blangah Rise, Everton Park and Tanjong Pagar.
History The term Bukit Merah is literally translated to mean 'red hill' in Malay. The name originated from the hilly Malay kampung (village) made of red soil. The red-orange tinge is actually due to the presence of lateritic soils in the area, which when exposed without vegetation, makes a striking impression of a 'blood soaked' landscape.
There are a number of historic sites in this zone. Keppel Harbour dates back to the 14th century when it was known as Lung-Ya-Men, or Dragon Teeth Gate. Mount Faber was once known as Telok Blangah Hill. Its name was changed to Mount Faber after Captain Edward Faber cut the road up to the top in 1845 to set up a signal station. The Singapore General Hospital site dates back to 1882. Labrador Nature Park was used as a defence outpost in the 19th century until World War II.
Places of Interest World Trade Centre has been redeveloped into a 13-storey maritime centre called HarbourFront Centre in Telok Blangah. Another major landmark here is the newly opened VivoCity, which is HarbourFront's direct competitor.
Situated within minutes of Sentosa Island, VivoCity was first opened on December 1, 2006, and houses more than 300 retail and F&B outlets over 1 million square feet of floor space. The iconic design of the development is the proud work of internationally acclaimed architect Toyo Ito.
Industrial The area of Keppel houses the Tanjong Pagar and Berani Port, which is one of the world's busiest ports.
Residential There are some very nice developments at the foothill of Mount Faber. Mostly are owned by private developers and cost slightly more because of the prime location and city view. On a whole the town offers some 47,500 units of flats for residency, majority of which have three or four rooms. Also, 24% are flats for rental.
Transport The Redhill Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station (EW19) serves to provide a link to the rest of Singapore for the 154,000 residents residing in Bukit Merah. The Bukit Merah Bus Interchange, linking the town via roads, can be found at Jalan Bukit Merah, just a few bus stops away from the RedHill MRT Staion.