Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore and is an interesting place for a one-day family tour to learn a little more about the estate.

It was the first project undertaken by the Singapore Improvement Trust, a government body administered by the British colonial authority, to provide for mass public housing in Singapore. The main estate consists of about 30 apartment blocks with a total of over 900 units and also high-rise HDB flats and condominiums along Boon Tiong Road, Jalan Membina and Kim Tian Road surrounding the main estate.

It is served by Tiong Bahru MRT Station of the East West Line and is centrally located as well as easily accessible, with many buses plying the area.

The estate features an eclectic mix of new and old, with hipster establishments situated side-by-side with heritage housings and shops.

What are some places on interest in Tiong Bahru to visit?

1. Tiong Bahru Park – Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732

Image via Play-Scapes.com

Image via Play-Scapes.com

Bring out the inner child in you by visiting this park and its iconic sandy train playground. the latter is perfect for some excellent selfies.

2. Tiong Bahru Market – 83 Seng Poh Road

Image via NEA website

Image via NEA website

This place is a foodie’s paradise, featuring a good mix of local delights.

3. Books Actually – 9 Yong Siak Street

Image via http://sg.asia-city.com

Image via http://sg.asia-city.com

This is one of my favourite indie bookshops. Browse through an amazing array of obscure and curious books written by local and international authors.

4. Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter – 78 Guan Chuan Street

Image via URA website

Image via URA website

For those who like to learn a little about Singapore’s history, this is the last civilian air raid shelter here.

5. Golden Village Multiplex – 302 Tiong Bahru Road, #04-105, Tiong Bahru Plaza 

This can be the last stop after a family tour of the Tiong Bahru estate. Catch the biggest summer movies at GV Tiong Bahru which recently reopened in May 2016.

The refurbished cinema has five halls and comes fully equipped with 789 green Grandeur cinema seats and 11 handicapped seats. The spacious Grandeur seats come with ergonomic features that make movie watching a comfortable experience. Its cinema halls are also equipped with Induction Loop, a technology that makes it easier for hearing impaired individuals to fully appreciate a movie’s audio.

Aspiring to deliver an “Easy, Express and Efficient” movie experience, GV Tiong Bahru comes with Automated Ticketing Machines that make it quick and hassle-free for cinemagoers to purchase tickets and food using their credit cards, pre-paid cards or cash. Patrons who have booked online can enter movie halls using Quick Tix, a QR code sent to their mobile phones which can be scanned at the cinema’s two-lane auto gate. There is also a dedicated express pick- up counter for food and beverage which have been pre-ordered online.

Best of all, in conjunction with the reopening, GV is running a slew of attractive promotions for patrons:

GV Tiong Bahru Promo

Patrons of GV Tiong Bahru will get a chance to win exciting prizes when they purchase tickets using the Automated Ticketing Machines. Below are the mechanics. Terms and conditions apply.

  • Purchase at least one ticket using the Automated Ticketing Machine located at GV Tiong Bahru between 1 June and 30 Sept 2016.
  • Fill up the contest form with your particulars and attach your ticket stub collected from the Automated Ticketing Machine.
  • Drop the contest form into the lucky draw box located at GV Tiong Bahru between 1 June and 30 Sept 2016.
  • Contest period: 1 June – 30 Sept 2016

Prizes

June: iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (worth $1,648)
July: $500 worth of AsiaMalls Vouchers
August: $1,500 worth of travel vouchers
September: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (worth $1,988)

  • Residents who have received an exclusive flyer in their mailbox will also get to enjoy S$2 off every ticket.
  • Patrons of GV Tiong Bahru will also be able to receive S$2 off every ticket when they
    purchase up to four tickets online or through the mobile booking app, iGV. Terms and conditions apply.

Steps

  • Purchase your ticket through www.gv.com.sg or the iGV mobile app
  • Select ‘GV Tiong Bahru 2016’ as the price type before payment
  • Key in when making payment before checking out