Jalan Besar, or “big road”, is exactly that – a big road. It is an old district, with many old Housing Development Board (HDB) flats occupied by Singapore 's ageing population. The shops and retail outlets in the area are mostly small family businesses, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Take a look at Jalan Besar at night – the shutters that lock these shops are the rusty metal grills of olden Singapore, rather than modern glass doors. The pace of life is slower in Jalan Besar, although this district is very close to Singapore 's Central Business District (CBD).

Jalan Besar was a municipality constructed in the 1800s under the supervision of Richard Norris, the owner of the land in the area. Later on, he sold the land to Syed Alwi, which is now the name of Syed Alwi Road in the area. Jalan Besar used to be the area where nipah trees were grown. Later on, a sizeable rubber industry began to develop there. During that time, Jalan Besar was mostly a swampland. When you look around Jalan Besar today, you find that the road names are mostly English name. These were the names of British generals during World War 1, an irony considering Singapore was never involved in The Great War.

There are very few recreational facilities in Jalan Besar. Perhaps the most prominent one is Jalan Besar Stadium, remembered by most Singaporeans as the football ground that held Malaysia Cup football matches. Singapore does not participate in this tournament any longer, but memories of the glorious days of Singapore football still remain.

Along Jalan Besar Road are many small industries and retail outlets. Sim Lim Square lies on the outermost region of this district, and is where Singaporeans go to purchase electronic equipment such as computers, computer software and computer accessories. Prices there are competitive.

Other Services
Singapore Casket, the local undertaker, is also located in Jalan Besar District. This company organizes funeral services, both inside its building and in any specified location within Singapore.

There is a bus interchange in Jalan Besar, called Queen Street Interchange. You can take Bus 170 from here to Johor Bahru in Malaysia. The bus ends at Larkin Bus Terminal in the Malaysian state. From there, you can take coaches to every part of peninsular Malaysia.

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