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Planning Area and HDB Town
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 碧山
 • Pinyin Bì Shān
 • Malay Bishan
 • Tamil பீஷான்
 • Tamil romanisation Pīṣāṉ
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From top left to right: Aerial panorama of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Aerial view of Bishan Town Centre, Bishan Depot, Guide House of the Girl Guides Singapore, Bishan Stadium, Raffles Institution, Bishan at night
Bishan is located in Singapore
Location in Singapore
Country  Singapore
Region Central Region
  • Central Singapore CDC
Town council
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
Development begins
  • 1983
Town completed
  • 1989
DGP exhibited
  • 1994
PA incorporated
  • 22 January 1999
 • Total 7.62 km2 (2.94 sq mi)
Area rank 38th
 • Residential 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
 • Total 88,010
 • Rank 22nd
 • Density 11,550/km2 (29,914/sq mi)
 • Density rank 15th
Demonym(s) Official
  • Bishan resident


  • Bishaner
  • Bishanian
  • Bishanite
Ethnic groups
 • Chinese 77,220
 • Malays 3,760
 • Indians 7,000
 • Others 2,720
Postal district
Dwelling units 20,072
Projected ultimate 34,000
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Bishan is found in the central part of Singapore
Night view of Bishan's HDB flats

Bishan is a town in Singapore. It is in the middle of Singapore. A lot of people live in Bishan. Houses in Bishan are expensive, because it is near the city.


Bishan is called Bishan because in the past, it used to be a Cantonese cemetery called Peck San Theng (simplified Chinese: 碧山亭; pinyin: bìshántīng), which means "pavilions on the hill". This cemetery was made in 1870, but recently the government developed this place, so many people live in Bishan now.


Bishan is next to the Central Expressway (CTE), so people all over Singapore can come to Bishan using the CTE. Bishan also has its MRT station called Bishan station. Bishan also has a bus interchange, where people can change to many buses they may want to change to.


Bishan has many schools. There are 4 primary schools, 7 secondary schools and one post-secondary technical education institute. The most famous school in Bishan is Raffles Institution, which is a secondary school and junior college.

Bishan also has the Ministry of Education Language Center (MOELC). Students in Singapore come to MOELC to learn languages like French, German, Japanese, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia.

Shopping centers

Bishan has three shopping centers.

  • Junction 8 is a big shopping center in the center of Bishan. It is near the MRT station and bus interchange.
  • Bishan North Shopping Mall is an open-air building, with shops selling fruits and vegetables. It is not really a shopping center, even though it calls itself a shopping center.
  • Thomson Plaza is a shopping center on Upper Thomson Road.
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