Sin Ming

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Sin Ming
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 新民
Sin Ming is located in Singapore
Sin Ming
Sin Ming
Location of Sin Ming within Singapore
Coordinates: 1°21′23.49″N 103°50′12.45″E / 1.3565250°N 103.8367917°E / 1.3565250; 103.8367917Coordinates: 1°21′23.49″N 103°50′12.45″E / 1.3565250°N 103.8367917°E / 1.3565250; 103.8367917
Country Singapore
 • Ruling parties People's Action Party
(part of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC)[1]

Sin Ming (Chinese: 新民)[2] is a housing estate located in the subzone of Upper Thomson in the town of Bishan, Singapore. It is roughly situated between MacRitchie Nature Reserve and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.[3] It consists of both residential and industrial areas.[3] Singapore's biggest Mahayana Buddhist temple, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, is located in the vicinity of Sin Ming.[4]

Residential homes includes a mixture of landed properties, condominiums and Housing Development Board blocks.


Sin Ming will have its own MRT station in 2020 when Bright Hill MRT Station, a station on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast MRT Line, opens.[5] This line will link Sin Ming with the Central Business District of Singapore.[5]


The campus of Ai Tong School, a Special Assistance Plan primary school established in 1912, is located in the Bright Hill Drive area of Sin Ming.[6] It relocated its campus from its previous campus in Ang Mo Kio to its current location in Sin Ming in 1992 to cope with rising student enrollment.[7]

The permanent campus of Eunoia Junior College, the 20th junior college in Singapore, will be located in Sin Ming.[8][9]


Sin Ming is home to many companies related to the automotive industry.[3] Examples include the Vicom Vehicle Inspection Centre,[3] one of the authorized vehicle testing and inspection centres in Singapore,[10] and an Independent Damage Assessment Centre (IDAC),[3] an independent centre that assesses vehicles that were damaged in accidents for insurance purposes.[11] The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has a branch office in Sin Ming which houses its Vehicle and Transit Licensing division.[3] The offices of Citicab and Comfort taxi companies, both under ComfortDelGro group, are also located in Sin Ming.[3]

Sin Ming is one of the few places where funeral-related services are available.[12] The Bright Hill Crematorium and Columbarium, located within Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery,[13] provides crematoria services and facilities to store ashes of the deceased.[12] In 2007, the government announced that it would construct a purpose-built funeral parlour in Sin Ming.[14] This plan was met with fierce opposition by nearby residents, since local superstitions associate death and dying with bad luck.[14] Residents were also concerned that the value of their properties will decrease as a result of the funeral parlour.[14] In response, the government promised that the area would not become a "funeral parlour hub" and that the parlour would be located in the industrial area and thus away from the residential estates.[15] Despite the negative associations of living near a columbarium, a study of property prices of properties in Sin Ming by the Singapore Real Estate Exchange found that a flat near the columbarium fetched a higher price as compared to a larger flat of similar age that was further away from the columbarium.[12] The study concluded that the effects of the columbarium on housing prices in the area was offset by the presence of amenities like popular schools.[12]


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  2. ^ "Bilingual Street Names". The Straits Times. National Library Board, Singapore. 25 August 1978. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Sin Ming: Residential and Automotive Hub". Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  4. ^ "Clearer skies, roads for temple's neighbours". Asiaone. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  5. ^ a b "New Thomson MRT line to open in 2019". Asiaone. 29 August 2012. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ai Tong School". Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Our History". Ai Tong School. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Bishan-Ang Mo Kio area to get new JC in 2017". Asiaone. 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  9. ^ "New Junior College to be named Eunoia JC". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  10. ^ "List of LTA Authorised Inspection Centres" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Independent Damage Assessment Centres (IDAC)". 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Columbarium near home? No big deal, say some S'poreans". The New Paper. 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  13. ^ "Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery". Retrieved 8 Jan 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c Ghim Lay, Yeo (2007-10-08). "Not another funeral home, please". Asiaone. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  15. ^ Hui Yee, Tan (2007-10-08). "Sin Ming will not be "funeral parlour hub"". Asiaone. Retrieved 2015-09-15.