Geylang East

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This article is about the subzone in Geylang, Singapore. For other uses, see Eunos.
Geylang East
Subzone of Geylang
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 芽笼东
 • Pinyin Yálóng Dōng
 • Malay Geylang Timur
 • Tamil கேலாங் கிழக்கு
An older HDB neighourhood at Eunos.
An older HDB neighourhood at Eunos.
Coordinates: 1°19′11.01″N 103°54′11.19″E / 1.3197250°N 103.9031083°E / 1.3197250; 103.9031083
Country  Singapore
Region Central Region
Planning Area Geylang
 • Total 2.58 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 33,380
 • Density 13,000/km2 (34,000/sq mi)

Geylang East (Chinese: 芽笼东), more commonly known as Eunos (Chinese: 友诺士, Tamil: யூனுஸ்), is a subzone located in Geylang in the Central Region of Singapore. The vicinity is served by both Paya Lebar and Eunos MRT stations.

"Eunos" is also the name given to a street called Jalan Eunos in Malay which spans the area.[2]

Etymology and History[edit]

Chinese name
Simplified Chinese
Malay name
Malay Eunos
Tamil name
Tamil யூனுஸ்

The settlement was originally named Kampong Melayu, a large Malay village that used to include Kampong Ubi and Kaki Bukit areas. It was later renamed Kampong Eunos in honour of its founder, Mohammad Eunos Abdullah (ms), a.k.a. Inche Eunos.

"Inche Eunos" (or Mr. Eunos) was the Chairman and co-founder of the Kesatuan Melayu Singapura (the Singapore Malay Union) and the first Malay representative of the Legislative Council, the then governing body of Singapore. In 1927, he appealed to the government and was granted $700,000 that the Kesatuan Melayu Singapura used for the purchase of 240 hectares of land, which later became known as Kampong Melayu.[3]