From rural village to waterfront town: How Punggol got its distinct HDB town identity

SINGAPORE – A decade ago, Punggol was known mainly for its lalang fields and a lone tree atop a small hill – since removed – that graced many Instagram photos.

Even further back, Punggol was called Kampung Punggol, a rural village known for fishing, poultry and pig farming, as well as its seafood restaurants and boating facilities.

Today’s Punggol is a far cry from these beginnings, although elements of its heritage and history have been incorporated into the town planning.

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