Chai Chee

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Chai Chee is a neighbourhood within Bedok New Town in Singapore. The area was formerly a small village known as Kampong Chai Chee. It is served by two major namesake roads, namely Chai Chee Street and Chai Chee Drive, with minor lanes of Chai Chee Road, Chai Chee Avenue and the original Jalan Chai Chee. Geographically, Chai Chee lies to the north of Siglap, east of Kembangan and to the west of the town centre of Bedok New Town.

Etymology and early history

In the Hokkien dialect of the Chinese language , Chai Chee may be translated to mean Vegetable Market (菜市). Before the estate was built, the area was primarily farmland over a series of rolling hills. The kampong, or village, was located on a high hill around where the Singapore Anti-tuberculosis Association Clinic now stands. Before, one needs to go downhill to reach the clinic. Today the clinic sits much higher than the surrounding areas after the hills were levelled.

The area got its name as farmers would gather there daily to sell their produce. A thriving community soon evolved and Chai Chee became a focal point for the kampong residents there. When development began in the late 1960s, the estate was built originally with 40 blocks of flats, consisting mainly of rental units. It was the first Housing and Development Board estate to be built on the eastern part of Singapore. Community amenities were built, such as a market, food centre, shops, banks, library, community center, kindergarten and a bus terminus. To...
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