Home to Singapore landmarks such as the British naval and air bases, the Upper Seletar Reservoir and the future Seletar Aerospace Park, Seletar is named after the native coastal dwellers who lived at the edge of the Johor Straits and the mouth of Seletar River. From Seletar, the people migrated to Sungai Pulai in southwest Johor subsequently. Seletar in Chinese means “koon kung” or naval base. In 1927 construction of the Seletar Air Base was started and it was completed in 1929. Used as an air base for international airlines like KNILM, KLM, Qantas, Empire Airways and British Imperial Airways for 9 years, it is now used as an aviation training centre for aspiring pilots of the Singapore Youth Flying Club.
A residential precinct rich with Singaporean history, it was a place full of gambier and pepper plantations. Amid the foliage of the nearby parks and playgrounds, the residential area contains both low density housing and high-rise apartments.
At Seletar, one can never be bored with the never-ending assortment of activities available here.
For recreation, here are a number of places to visit:
The proposed Seletar Aerospace Park will be a centre for Singapore’s aviation industry.
Find peace of mind at the Himalayan Centre for Yoga Meditation at Yio Chu Kang or pay a visit to the disabled at the 12 branches of MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore).
This district is served by the Yio Chu Kang MRT Station and Bus Interchange.