Newton, Singapore

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Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese纽顿
 • PinyinNiǔdùn
 • MalayNewton
 • Tamilநியூட்டன்
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From top left to right: The Istana, Environment Building, Newton Food Centre, Newton Circus, Scotts Road, Emerald Hill
Newton is located in Singapore
Location of Newton within Singapore
Coordinates: 1°18′25.8″N 103°50′13.2″E / 1.307167°N 103.837000°E / 1.307167; 103.837000
Country Singapore
RegionCentral Region
Town council
  • Tanjong Pagar Town Council
DGP exhibited
PA incorporated
  • 22 January 1999[1]
 • MayorCentral Singapore CDC
 • Members of ParliamentTanjong Pagar GRC
 • Total2.07 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Area rank46th
 • Total7,270
 • Rank31st
 • Density3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
 • Density rank30th
  • Newton resident
Postal district
Newton Road, Singapore
Newton Circus

Newton is a planning area located within the Central Area of the Central Region of Singapore. The planning area is bounded by the following planning areas - Orchard and Museum to the south, Tanglin to the west, Novena to the north, Kallang to the northeast and Rochor to the east.

Newton's namesake Newton Road, however, is located within Novena Planning Area, and starts at Newton Circus in the south and ends at the junction with Thomson Road in the north.

Occupying an area north of the renowned Orchard Road shopping belt, the territory of Newton Planning Area includes the grounds of The Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.

Etymology and history[edit]

Originally Syed Ali Road, Newton Road was renamed in 1914 after Alfred Howard Vincent Newton (died 1897), the Assistant Municipal Engineer in late nineteenth century Singapore[3] in order to avoid confusion with Syed Alwi Road.

In 1933, Newton Circus, a 40-foot (12 m) wide circular carriageway, was constructed for gyratory traffic according to a Singapore Improvement Trust layout at the focus of a number of converging roads, including Bukit Timah Road, Dunearn Road, Newton Road, Keng Lee Road, Kampong Java Road, Bukit Timah Road, Clemenceau Avenue and Scotts Road. As eight roads converge on the Circus, the Tamils used to call Newton ethumuchandi, or "the eight junction place".

Newton Circus has become the site of a major hawker centre, Newton Food Centre.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Infopedia – Development guide plan". National Library Board.
  2. ^ a b Newton (Planning Area, Singapore) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location
  3. ^
  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1