Pasir Ris

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Pasir Ris
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 巴西立 or 白沙
 • Pinyin Bāxīlì or Báishā
 • Malay Pasir Ris
 • Tamil பாசிர் ரிஸ்
HDB flats in Pasir Ris
HDB flats in Pasir Ris
Pasir Ris Planning Area locator map.png
Country  Singapore
 • Ruling parties People's Action Party
 • Total 15.02 km2 (5.80 sq mi)
 • Residential 3.18 km2 (1.23 sq mi)
 • Total 139,890 [1]
Dwelling Units 27,919 [2]
Projected ultimate 44,000

Pasir Ris is an urban planning area and coastal district in the Eastern region of Singapore. Pasir Ris consists of two precincts. Pasir Ris New Town, the main residential district, sits in the Western portion of the planning area. Loyang Industrial Estate is located East of the New Town. These precincts can be further divided into a total of eight sub-zones.[3]

Like other new towns, public transport facilities were factored into the development of Pasir Ris. Pasir Ris is easily accessible via bus services at Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and the Mass Rapid Transit at Pasir Ris MRT Station. Today, the new landmarks in the area are the popular NTUC Pasir Ris Resort, Pasir Ris Beach Park and White Sands, a shopping mall.

Etymology and history[edit]

The first reference to a village of Pasir Ris, Passier Reis, appeared in 1853.[citation needed] There has been conjecture[by whom?] that perhaps this is a contraction of Pasir Hiris (pasir is "sand" and hiris means "to shred" in Malay).[citation needed] Pasir Ris may also mean "white sand" in Malay.[citation needed] Pasir Ris Town is named after the long stretch of sandy white beach along the north-east coastline of Singapore, facing Pulau Ubin. The town exudes a resort ambience and its architecture and identity take inspiration from the surrounding beach and sea elements.[4]

Pasir Ris was originally a low-lying, undeveloped area with kampongs and villages like Kampong Pasir Ris, Kampong Bahru and the various Chinese kampongs along Elias Road. The area was well known for its many plantation estates including the Singapore United Plantations, Loh Lam Estate, Hun Yeang and Thai Min Estates. The beach was a popular resort for water skiing in the 1950s. There was also the Pasir Ris Hotel, venue of many memorable parties and picnic gatherings in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.[5]

The development of Pasir Ris New Town began in 1983 with Phase 1 being an Elias Road/Pasir Ris Estate, followed by Loyang N1 and N2 by 1989–90, N4 from 1992 to 1993, N5 from 1995 and N6 in 1997 together with N7.[citation needed] The proposed Neighbourhood 3 (N3) is just an empty land and (N8) is part of military training area, will be reviewed in 2018.[citation needed] Today, White Sands Shopping Centre, located next to Pasir Ris MRT Station, embodies the local place name.


Api Api River in a Suburb of Pasir Ris

Pasir Ris is geographically divided into two precincts, Loyang Industrial Estate and Pasir Ris New Town. Loyang Industrial Estate encompasses of three sub-zones, Loyang West, Loyang East and Flora Drive. The New Town of Pasir Ris contains within it, four sub-zones, Pasir Ris Central, Pasir Ris West, Pasir Ris Drive and Pasir Ris Park. Although Pasir Ris Water Fabrication Park is not a part of the Loyang Industrial Estate, it still functions as its own individual sub-zone nonetheless. In total, the entire planning area has eight sub-zones.[3]

Pasir Ris has some hills less than 40 metres in height. Since 2014, these hills have been flattened to make way for upcoming residential development.

Political boundaries[edit]

Pasir Ris comes politically under the Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency since 2001 and Pasir Ris Group Representation Constituency from 1997 to 2001. After the general election in 2001, a large part of the former Pasir Ris Central Division and the Pasir Ris-Loyang Division came together as Pasir Ris East with Zainal Sapari as the Member of Parliament since 2011.

Pasir Ris West consists of Elias housing estate and the western area of Pasir Ris and its Member of Parliament being Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean. In conjunction with the expansion of Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC), a Community Club scaling six storeys high, was built in Pasir Ris East. In October 2004, Pasir Ris West also saw the completion of Pasir Ris Elias Community Club.



Pasir Ris Beach

In proximity to the sea, Pasir Ris has several recreation areas like the NTUC Downtown East, which have facilities like chalets, theme parks, a bowling alley, a park for pets and pet owners and Pasir Ris Park. There is also another park by the name of Pasir Ris Town Park, close to where the Shopping Centre White Sands is located. The park sports a park connector, a playground, an eatery and fishing pond and a section of the park has been removed to build the Sports and Recreation Centre with facilities such as swimming pool, a sports hall to be used mainly for badminton, a street soccer court and also a gym. The bowling alley building in Downtown East has been demolished to make way for a new four-storey shopping and entertainment complex with a cinema which has been completed in 2008 called e!hub. e!hub also includes a new bowling alley, which replaces the old one. The area also includes a water-based theme park and a no longer operational theme park . They are Escape Theme Park which opened in 2000 but was closed down in 2011 and Wild Wild Wet which is a water-based theme park that opened in 2004. The current site of the former Escape Theme Park will be utilized for expansion of Wild Wild Wet.


Pasir Ris is also part of the Jurong Town Corporation's plan to develop wafer fabrication facilities in Singapore. The other two locations are Tampines and Woodlands. Presently, there are two major wafer fabrication parks in Pasir Ris. Companies situated there include United Microelectronics Corporation and SSMC. Pasir Ris have two recycling factory in the N2 area.


Primary schools
Secondary schools
Post-secondary schools

Places of worship[edit]

Buddhist temples
  • Sakya Tenphel Ling (Tibetan Monastery)
Catholic churches
  • Church of the Divine Mercy
  • Al-Istighfar Mosque
Protestant churches
  • Bethesda Pasir-Ris Mission Church
  • Pentecost Methodist Church
  • RiverLife Church
  • Shalom Bible Presbyterian Church

Commercial services[edit]

White Sands Shopping Centre
Shopping centres, malls and markets
  • Loyang Point (Pasir Ris East)
  • Pasir Ris Drive 6 (Pasir Ris East Central)
  • White Sands Shopping Centre (Pasir Ris Central)
  • Elias Mall (Pasir Ris West)
  • Pasir Ris West Plaza (Pasir Ris West)
  • NTUC Downtown East
  • E-Hub Shopping Mall (Pasir Ris Central)
Petrol and diesel stations
  • Singapore Petroleum Centre (Drive 4)
  • Esso Petrol (Drive 1)
  • Shell (Loyang Ave)

Community services[edit]

Community centres

In popular culture[edit]

Singaporean singer and songwriter Kevin Mathews, who grew up in the area once wrote a song "Pasir Ris Sunrise", a parody of the song "Waterloo Sunset".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Pasir Ris (Planning Area, Singapore) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
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  5. ^ "Pasir Ris | Infopedia". Retrieved 2015-11-09.