|• Malay||Jalan Kayu
(Jawi) جالن كايو
|• Tamil||ஜலன் காயு|
Row of shophouses along Jalan Kayu
Etymology and history
Jalan Kayu means "wooden road" in Malay. One version for the road name's origin is that firewood used to be stacked on the roadside. Another version is that the muddy laterite roads leading to the rubber estates in the area were made passable due to logs of wood that used to cover the muddy roads, hence the term in Malay jalan kayu.
The street itself is a relatively minor, one-lane road. However, it became prominent in Singapore for two reasons. Firstly, it was the main access route to the large British-built military compound in Seletar as well as the neighbouring Seletar Airport. Secondly, a range of road-side eateries selling roti prata gradually earned a reputation among the people of Singapore as arguably amongst the best in Singapore, and the road name became a household name for good food in a laidback setting.
Services 85 (Punggol - Yishun), 86 (Sengkang - Ang Mo Kio), 103 (Serangoon - Yishun) and lately, new bus service 102 (Hougang - Jalan Kayu), connects Jalan Kayu to Hougang, Buangkok and Sengkang. Two bus stops at the end of Jalan Kayu serve as a transfer point for the rest of the buses to other areas. A small section between Yio Chu Kang Road and Sengkang West Avenue was closed on 13 October 2013, to make way for developments around the area.
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- Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1
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