Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kelly’s Mini Quiz on Yio Chu Kang

To our dear freshmen – welcome to our  Yio Chu Kang neighbourhood!  Do you know that Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has been operating at its Yio Chu Kang campus grounds since 1998?  How much do you know about this area?

Try taking this mini-quiz to find out. You may just discover something interesting you didn’t know!
1. Is Yio Chu Kang a Single Member Constituency?
Yio Chu Kang  was a Single Member Constituency (SMC) from 1980 - 1991 and 2006 - 2011.
In the 2011 GE,  Yio Chu Kang SMC was  absorbed into Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC), which comprises of Ang Mo Kio, Teck Ghee, Kebun Baru, Jalan Kayu, Seletar Hills, part of Serangoon North, the western portion of Sengkang and a western portion of Hougang.

2. Name a secondary school in Yio Chu Kang with a long history.
The best example I can think of is Yio Chu Kang Secondary School (YCKSS).  The school was opened by then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1965 in response to the needs of the community. Back then, Yio Chu Kang was still a rural fishing village but the school started as an integrated English and Chinese school nonetheless. The school started humbly and shared facilities with Pei Hwa Public School. YCKSS’s first cohort had only 37 graduates.

In 1982, YCKSS moved to its current site and was outfitted with modern facilities.
My drawing of YCKSS
NYP is also close to schools in the vicinity like Anderson Secondary School, Mayflower Secondary School, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School, aand Presbyterian HighSchool. :)

3. Is Yio Chu Kang Road the longest road in Singapore?
Okay, this is a tricky one.

According to Google, Bukit Timah Road is the longest road in Singapore. But upon closer inspection, you will see that this includes Upper Bukit Timah Road.

Without Upper Bukit Timah Road, the entire length of Yio Chu Kang Road is 9.4 km, while the Bukit Timah main road measures 9 km. So Yio Chu Kang Road is either the longest or second longest road in Singapore, depending on how you look at it!

4. Can you name a cemetery in Yio Chu Kang?

The Japanese Cemetery Park is located at 22 Chuan Hoe Road, off Yio Chu Kang Road. It is the largest Japanese cemetery in South East Asia and is the resting place to more than 900 Japanese who lived in Singapore. If you visit the cemetery, you can even find the grave of the first Japanese resident in Singapore, Mr Yamamoto Otokichi.

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5. When was Yio Chu Kang MRT built?
Yio Chu Kang MRT was built in 1987, and was the northern terminus of the North-South line till 1988. For those who take the MRT to school, did you know that?

(Pssst! Did you know that NYP always provides a free shuttle bus service for students? So awesome right? Check out the details here!)

I hope you enjoyed the mini quiz! As NYP-ians, it’s fun to learn more about our surroundings.

I hope the info you gleaned here would inspire you to explore Yio Chu Kang when you have the time.

By Kelly Liew, Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Mid-Wifery) graduate 

Kelly loves reading and cooking. She also likes to spend time with her friends, engaging in relaxing activities. Her friends describe her as unpredictable, spontaneous and inquisitive.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You even went to the extent of looking at Japanese Cemetery which is far far far away from NYP!