Tiong Bahru Estate is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore . Built in the 1930s, it was the first project undertaken by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) to provide mass public housing in Singapore . The estate consists of about 30 apartment blocks with over 900 units.

One notable feature of Tiong Bahru estate is that all its streets are named after Chinese pioneers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Lim Liak, Kim Pong, Guan Chuan, Chay Yan, et cetera.

Tiong Bahru was once the choice place of living for the upper class and also the place where the rich and powerful kept their mistresses. As a result, the estate used to be known as Mei Ren Wuo, which means ‘a den of beauties' in Chinese. However, after WWII, the population in Tiong Bahru tripled and the area lost its exclusivity.

Places of Interest
Tiong Bahru is renowned for its bird-singing aviaries. The traditional kopitiams, or coffee houses, are where bird lovers gather with their songbirds every morning to catch up with fellow bird lovers over coffee and tea. One can easily prowl the vicinity and enjoy the crisp, melodious chirping of Prinias, Robins, and Shrikes as they are proudly paraded around by their owners.

The famous food centre in Tiong Bahru is situated at Kim Pong and Kim Tian Road and has drawn numerous locals traipsing across the island to sample delights of char siew rice and stir-fried prawn noodles.

Most of the blocks are constructed in a mix of art deco and local Straits Settlements shop-house architecture, featuring rounded balconies, flat rooftops, spiral staircases, light wells and underground storage and shelters. Following the economic boom of the 1970s and 1980s, the next generation of Singaporeans began moving out of Tiong Bahru en-masse in search of more modern and sophisticated housing. Consequently, Tiong Bahru estate has become an estate for the elderly with its mere 30 blocks.

Tiong Bahru is served by a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station by the same name. Tiong Bahru MRT station (EW17) is directly connected to Tiong Bahru plaza.

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