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Subzone of Geylang Planning Area
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese阿裕尼
Āyùní (Pinyin)
A-jū-nî (Hokkien POJ)
 • MalayAljunied (Rumi)
 • Tamilஅல்ஜூனிட்
Aljūṉiṭ (Transliteration)
Aljunied is located in Singapore
Location of Aljunied within Singapore
Coordinates: 1°18′59.19″N 103°52′58.73″E / 1.3164417°N 103.8829806°E / 1.3164417; 103.8829806Coordinates: 1°18′59.19″N 103°52′58.73″E / 1.3164417°N 103.8829806°E / 1.3164417; 103.8829806
Planning AreaGeylang Planning Area

Aljunied is a sub-urban area located in the central part of the city-state of Singapore. Named after Aljunied Road, it was formerly agricultural land which has since been heavily urbanised and presently comprises a variety of land uses. Today, Aljunied is a bustling neighbourhood with HDB flats with amenities like shops, schools, parks and recreational facilities, as well as quite a number of traditional Singaporean shophouses.


Aljunied Road was officially named in 1926 after Syed Sharif Omar bin Ali Al Junied (died 1852), who owned large tracts of agricultural land in the area.

Syed Sharif Omar bin Ali Al Junied was a wealthy Hadhrami Arab merchant from Palembang, where he had set up business after migrating from his hometown in Tarim, Yemen.[1] He was also a highly respected man, looked upon by the Malays as a prince. Syed Omar came from the well-respected Arab family who were descendants of Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was a nephew of Syed Mohammed bin Harun Al Junied, who also came from Palembang to Singapore before the founding of modern Singapore in 1819.

Syed Omar was a philanthropist and his charitable acts included donating what is now called Jalan Kubor Cemetery, a large plot of land in Victoria Street for the purposes of a Muslim burial ground, the construction of a mosque in Bencoolen Street and Masjid Kampong Melaka, renamed Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka in his honour. The land where St Andrew's Cathedral stands was also donated by him. He and his family contributed largely to the setting up of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Syed Omar's descendants continue to reside in Singapore.[1]

In 1927, one of his descendants, Syed Abdul Rahman Aljunied, built the Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah on a vacant ground next to Jalan Kubor Cemetery in commemoration of his grandfather, Syed Omar. Madrasah Aljunied was a leading Islamic religious school which produced many religious leaders of Southeast Asian countries.



  • St Magdalene's Kindergarten

Primary schools[edit]

  • Canossa Catholic Primary School
  • Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
  • CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • red swastika school

Secondary schools[edit]

Special schools[edit]

  • Canossian School


The Aljunied area falls along a stretch that falls under the Marine Parade GRC, MacPherson SMC and also Jalan Besar GRC. Previously, Aljunied area is under Aljunied GRC and Aljunied SMC before 2001. However, Aljunied GRC falls within the corridor from Temasek Polytechnic all the way to Serangoon Gardens.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Arab trader's role in Singapore landmark". The Straits Times. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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