Novena, Singapore

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Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 诺维娜 / 諾維娜
 • Pinyin nùoweínà
 • Malay Novena
 • Tamil நொவீணா
Novena Planning Area locator map.png
Country  Singapore
 • Total 8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
 • Total 46,640[1]

Novena is a town in Singapore, and is within the Central Region. The area falls under the Novena Planning Area, an urban planning zone under the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

It is served by the North South MRT Line at the Novena MRT Station.


Novena Church with its busy neighbourhood

Novena and its associated roads, buildings and Mass Rapid Transit station are named after the Novena Church located in the area.[2]

The current premises of the Novena Church were owned by a wealthy Chinese businessman, Wee Kah Kiat. The premises were bought over by the Redemptorist priests in 1948 where a small church dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help named the Church of Saint Alphonsus was built in May 1950. According to tradition, the novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help began in January 1949 and were heavily publicised and instantaneously became widespread in 1951 as intended by Pope Pius XI.[2]


Land in Novena is very expensive because of its prime location. There are few HDB flats in Novena; most houses in the area are condominiums or private housing.[3]


Novena is linked with the city by MRT, buses and taxis. The area has no bus interchange, the nearest being in Toa Payoh.

Commercial services[edit]

Novena Square

Central to this area is the Novena Square Shopping Mall, a shopping centre situated directly above the Novena MRT Station. Novena Medical Centre is located at levels 8 to 11 of the Square 2 shopping centre. Next to Novena Square is a sports-themed mall called Velocity. Another shopping centre in Novena is United Square Shopping Mall, a children-oriented mall. Shops located in the Novena area include Starbucks (one in United Square and another in Novena Square), Spinelli, Cold Storage and Harvey Norman. Novena has seen major improvements in terms of new shops opening in the area since Square 2 and Velocity commenced business in recent years.

Panoramic view of Novena, Singapore. In the foreground lie Farrer Park Gardens and Kampong Java Housing Estates in the Kallang Planning Area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population Statistics of Singapore". Singstat. Geohive. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1
  3. ^ "Novena District Guide". Retrieved 2015-07-20. 

Coordinates: 1°19′26″N 103°50′14″E / 1.324°N 103.8371°E / 1.324; 103.8371