Heritage trail for historic Toa Payoh

Heritage trail for historic Toa Payoh
The dragon playground surrounded by HDB blocks 28, 30, 32 and 33 at Toa Payoh Lorong 6 has become an iconic landmark for residents of Toa Payoh. It is featured as a heritage marker in the trail.

SINGAPORE - Toa Payoh is not only Singapore's first Housing Board estate, but it is also the home of many other beginnings.

The first NTUC Welcome Supermarket was set up there, as was the first MRT station.

A heritage trail was launched yesterday to preserve such historical milestones and shed light on the town's development from a swampland in the 1960s to its present status as a vibrant town centre.

It is the 12th national heritage trail to be created in Singapore since the first one located in the Civic District was developed in 1999.

Launched by Defence Minister and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Member of Parliament Ng Eng Hen at Toa Payoh Central's National Day celebrations, the trail comprises nine heritage markers and 23 sites with historical and social significance.

For example, two markers on the trail are the iconic dragon playground in Lorong 6 that generations of residents grew up with and the Toa Payoh Town Park at the junction of Lorong 2 and Lorong 6.

The park, with its distinctive 25m-high Observation Tower built in 1972, was once a popular destination for couples taking wedding photographs.

The trail has been developed jointly by the National Heritage Board and Toa Payoh Central Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC).

This article was first published on MONTH DAY, 2014.
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