Contained within Bedok's residential area, Chai Chee is by comparison a quieter and a calmer residential estate despite housing several industrial estates. The residents are well-served by several amenities and facilities like schools, markets, food centres and Housing and Development Board (HDB) shops. Despite this adequate number of facilities and services available, the residents prefer to head towards the central Bedok area for a wider variety of amenities.

Chai Chee, or Kampong (“village” in Malay) Chai Chee, was originally a rural district of village huts and plantations. Chai Chee was also known as “Vegetable Market”, due to the congregation of farmers who used to carry out their trading activities there. From 1960s onwards, construction of residential, industrial and commercial buildings began to take place.

In the past, Kampong Chai Chee housed at least 40 blocks of rental flats. These were later demolished to make way for high-rise HDB flats and condominiums. At that time, Chai Chee was the only urban residential estate in the otherwise rural eastern region of Singapore.

In 2006, there were several cases of killer litter mischief in the HDB neighbourhood in which beer and wine bottles were thrown out from the upper storeys. The cases were handled by the Bedok South Neighbourhood Police Centre and soon after, anti-killer litter campaign (and many other campaigns) banners began mushrooming in the HDB estates.

Factories were originally built as means of employment for the Chai Chee residents. Today, Chai Chee houses a few factories and one techno park.

Cheap eats are available at the many coffee shops situated at most HDB flats' void decks, but most Chai Chee residents and office workers prefer heading towards Bedok central area for more variety of local foods.

Other Informations in Chai Chee: The First HDB Estate in the East
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  • Educational Institutions : Primary School (1), Secondary School (1) and University (1) Kindergartens (4)

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