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A large neighborhood in the central-south region of Singapore, multiple train stations such as Redhill, Labrador Park, Telok Banglah, Tiong Bahru, Habourfront and Outram Park connects Bukit Merah to the rest of the city. Besides Habourlights, Tanglin View, Reflections @ Keppel Bay and Carribean at Keppel Bay residents can also choose among upcoming condominiums like Echelon, Skyline Residences and The Foresta. Nearby, visitors can access Sentosa, the island resort which houses apartments like Seascape Sentosa, The Coast @ Sentosa Cove and The Oceanfront @ Sentosa Cove condominium. Singapore's largest conglomerate, Keppel Group, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific and Bank of Merill Lynch hold offices in HabourFront Office Park while Mapletree Business City, Alexandra Technopark and Servcorp PSA Building make up an integrated business hub located at the fringe of the CBD. Alongside Crescent Girls’ School and Bukit Merah Secondary School, other educational institutions are Blangah Rise Primary School, Radin Mas Primary School and CHIJ St Theresa 's Convent.
Situated in the southernmost part of the Central Region of Singapore, Bukit Merah is the most populated planning area in the Central Region. Its name, which translates into 'Red Hill' in Malay, is attributed to the fertile red-coloured soil located there; it is also said to be based on an old legend in the Sejarah Melayu. In the past, Bukit Merah used to play a major role in maritime trade of the Kingdom of Singapura, as well as being the site of gambier cultivation due to its fertile soil. Today, Bukit Merah is a primarily residential district that is located an enviable distance away from the Central Business District (CBD) and Orchard Road Shopping Belt. With housing options largely being 3-room or 5-room HDB flats, this neighbourhood is great for young couples or families with family members working in the CBD area. With Dorcas Home Care Service also located in the neighbourhood, Bukit Merah is elderly friendly as well.
Most, if not all, of the available property in Bukit Merah are Housing Development Board (HDB) flats. These vary in size, but mostly fall within the 3-bedroom or 5-bedroom categorization. With its favourable, convenient location, these flats would make great homes for young couples or families, or even individuals who work in the CBD looking to rent a room. This is even more so when taking into account the various good and affordable food that can be found in the neighbourhood.
The Bakery Chef will satisfy all those with a sweet tooth with their drool-worthy range of pastries and desserts, including Matcha Toast, Red Velvet Cake, and soft serve ice cream. Another great place for desserts and cakes would be Butterscotch, which is known for its Ondeh Ondeh Waffles. Its eggs benedict comes highly recommended as well! Get an ice cold treat at Dandelion, which specialises in hand-crafted gelato. They have a wide range of flavours, including some that are locally inspired, such as their salted egg yolk cereal ice cream. This cafe is yet another place that is said to have good waffles, a fact that many will be happy to hear. As for savoury food, head over to Good Chance Popiah Eating House, which serves up Chinese cuisine and of course, popiah. Other than popiah, its signature dish is the Pork Trotters Bee Hoon, so make sure to try it! Outlets of crowd favourites such as Domino's, KFC and McDonald's can also be found easily. However, it's not just western food that is accessible in Bukit Merah - other coffee shops and eateries can be found throughout the neighbourhood, such as Wan Feng Seafood, Thye San Hup Kee Eating House, and 111 Coffee Shop, so residents of Bukit Merah can rest assured that they will never want for food.
The shops in Bukit Merah neighbourhood are largely located below HDB flats; apart from the Block 112 Market, from which residents can buy fresh produce, there is also an NTUC Fairprice at Bukit Merah Central. Also near Bukit Merah Central are shops such as Watsons, eateries such as KFC and Bukit Merah Hawker Centre, and other miscellaneous stores that are meant to settle residents' daily needs.
Bike enthusiasts can head to My Bike Shop, along Henderson Road. Also along Henderson Road are clothing stores Covetella and Wacoal, furniture store Scanteak as well as several gift shops. Another specialty shop of note is Big Fish Gold International, located along Bukit Merah Central. A club-fitting studio for golfers, it is acknowledged by local golfers as one of the best, if not the best, club-fitting studio that offers a wide variety of services such as swing analysis.
The Salvation Army is also located at Bukit Merah, and its thrift store can hold many (good) surprises in terms of pre-loved goodies that are can either be used as they are, or repurposed in some way or another, for those with talent in handicraft. The Singapore General Hospital is also nearby to the neighbourhood of Bukit Merah.
The Henderson Industrial Park and Tiong Bahru Industrial Estate are both located in Bukit Merah; there are many offices in the neighbourhood as well, including the office of Sephora Digital Singapore. Bukit Merah is also a short commute away from the CBD and Orchard Road.
There are a number of services for young children in the area, such as Dardis Child Development Centre and Eager Beaver Schoolhouse. While there are no schools within the neighbourhood of Bukit Merah, there are quite a number just outside of its boundaries, including Zhangde Primary School, Gan Eng Seng Primary School, and Bukit Merah Secondary School. The campus of Duke-NUS is next to the Singapore General Hospital. Lastly, the Bukit Merah Public Library is open to residents for recreational reading or as a venue for studying.
There is no MRT station within the bounds of Bukit Merah; the closest stations would be Redhill MRT station, along the East-West line, and Outram Park MRT station, which is at an intersection of the East-West and North-East lines.