Paya Lebar

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Paya Lebar
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 巴耶利峇
 • Pinyin bāyēlîbā
 • Malay Paya Lebar
 • Tamil பாய ளேபர்
Paya Lebar Planning Area locator map.png
Country Singapore

Paya Lebar is an area in the north-eastern part of Singapore. It is served by Paya Lebar Station, on the East West Line of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit system. It is an urban planning area. The Singapore Post Centre is located there too.

Paya Lebar Road
The Singapore Post Centre.

Etymology and history[edit]

Paya Lebar was a large, swampy area close to the Kallang River, hence its name. Paya means "swamp" and lebar means "wide" in Malay. This was an extensive and notorious squatter district, whose inhabitants engage in cultivating market produce, including pig and poultry rearing.

One of the first persons to colonise this area was Richard Owen Norris (died 1905), who bought part of the area in 1865 and lived here with his family.

The admiralty wireless station was in this district in 1915.

In 1955, Singapore International Airport (commonly referred to as "Paya Lebar Airport") was opened and became the area's chief landmark, along with a number of housing estates, schools and factories.

Paya Lebar Street was officially named in 1958, while Paya Lebar Way was named in 1972.

References[edit]

  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1