Novena, Singapore

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Planning Area
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 诺维娜
 • Pinyin Nuò wéi nà
 • Malay Novena
 • Tamil நொவீணா
 • Tamil romanisation Novīṇā
Novena Square 3.JPG Balestier Road shophouses.JPG
Novena, panorama, Aug 06.jpg
Novena Church 3.JPG Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 5, Aug 06.JPG
From top left to right: Novena Square, Shophouses in Balestier, Paronomic view of Novena as seen from Kallang, Novena Church, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Novena is located in Singapore
Location of Novena within Singapore
Coordinates: 1°19′15.09″N 103°50′32.75″E / 1.3208583°N 103.8424306°E / 1.3208583; 103.8424306
Country  Singapore

Central Region

Town councils
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council
  • Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council
  • Jalan Besar Town Council
  • Tanjong Pagar Town Council
DGP exhibited
PA incorporated
  • 22 January 1999[1]
 • Mayors

Central Singapore CDC

North West CDC

 • Members of Parliament

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

Jalan Besar GRC

Tanjong Pagar GRC

 • Total 8.98 km2 (3.47 sq mi)
Area rank 34th
Population (2015)[2][3]
 • Total 47,990
 • Rank 26th
 • Density 5,344.1/km2 (13,841/sq mi)
 • Density rank 26th


  • Novena resident
Ethnic groups[3]
 • Chinese 38,840
 • Malays 2,110
 • Indians 4,210
 • Others 2,830
Postal district 8, 11, 12

Novena (Chinese: 诺维娜 Tamil: நொவீணா) is a planning area located within the Central Region of Singapore. Novena is bounded by Toa Payoh to the north, Bukit Timah to the west, Tanglin to the south and Kallang to the east. While Novena is not classified as a "new town" by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), the estate of Whampoa within the subzone of Balestier constitutes part of the Kallang/Whampoa New Town.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital, set up by philanthropist Tan Tock Seng in 1844, being one of the oldest and busiest hospitals in Singapore, is located in this area.


Novena Church in the evening

Novena and its associated roads, buildings and Mass Rapid Transit station are named after Novena Church (legally the Church of Saint Alphonsus) located in the area.[4]

The current premises of the 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.[4]

Balestier Road is named after the American diplomat, Joseph Balestier, who owned a sugar plantation along the road in the 1800s.[5]


Land in Novena is very expensive because of its close proximity to the Central Area. There are few HDB flats in Novena; most houses in the area are condominiums or private housing.[6]


There are 3 primary schools, 3 secondary schools, a junior college and an international school in the planning area. The offshore campus of Curtin University is located at Balestier.

Primary Schools[edit]

Secondary Schools[edit]

Tertiary Institutions[edit]

Other Schools[edit]


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Infopedia - Development guide plan". National Library Board. 
  2. ^ a b City Population - statistics, maps and charts | Novena
  3. ^ a b "Singapore Residents by Planning Area/Subzone, 2015" (XLS). Singapore Department of Statistics. 
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Singapore, National Library Board,. "Joseph Balestier | Infopedia". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Novena District Guide". Retrieved 2015-07-20.