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Jalan Kayu
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 惹兰加由
 • Pinyin rělánjiāyóu
 • Malay Jalan Kayu
 • Tamil ஜலன் காயு
Row of shophouses next to Jalan Kayu, famous to food-hunters for its roti prata.
Row of shophouses next to Jalan Kayu, famous to food-hunters for its roti prata.
Country  Singapore

Jalan Kayu is a street situated within Sengkang in the North-Eastern region of Singapore. The street often serves as a gateway between the districts of Sengkang and Seletar, with Seletar Camp and Seletar Airport lying towards the Northern end of the street. The area South of Jalan Kayu has been renamed as Fernvale to form the Western part of Sengkang New Town.

Etymology and history[edit]

Jalan Kayu was built in 1928 when the first Royal Air Force base outside the United Kingdom was established in Singapore, in the northern part of the island.

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.

Getting there[edit]

Only services 85 (Punggol - Yishun), 86 (Sengkang - Ang Mo Kio) and 103 (Serangoon - Yishun) and lately, new bus service 102 (Hougang - Jalan Kayu), which connects Hougang, Buangkok and Sengkang to Jalan Kayu. The rest of the buses serve as a transferring point 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.

The Thanggam LRT Station of the Sengkang LRT Line can also be connected to the shophouses via Lorong Samak, a small road off Jalan Kayu.


  • 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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The Straits Times

The Straits Times
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:05:36 -0700

Service 102, which will operate daily from 5.45 am to 11.30pm, will loop between Hougang Central bus interchange and Jalan Kayu, said transport operator SBS Transit on Tuesday. The service will give commuters in Hougang, Buangkok and Sengkang ...

The Straits Times

The Straits Times
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:01:57 -0800

In 1985, after WP candidate M. P. D. Nair, who had contested Jalan Kayu in the 1984 election, declined the NCMP seat, then Leader of the House S. Dhanabalan moved a motion to offer it to Singapore United Front candidate Tan Chee Kien. He declined.

Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:52:30 -0800

Following the 1984 GE, when the NCMP scheme was first introduced, a seat was offered to WP's MPD Nair, who obtained the highest proportion of opposition votes in Jalan Kayu constituency. When Mr Nair turned it down, it was offered to Mr Tan Chee Kien ...

Channel News Asia

The Straits Times
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Residents in Jalan Kayu yesterday were among the first to get their hands on the SG Funpacks, which came with three additional items customised specially for them. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong kicked off the distribution of some 1.2 million SG ...

The Straits Times

The Straits Times
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:02:16 -0800

After the 1984 polls, the WP rejected the offer of an NCMP seat to its candidate M.P.D. Nair, who scored 48.8 per cent of votes in Jalan Kayu. An offer was then made to the next-best loser, Singapore United Front candidate Tan Chee Kien, who also ...

The New Paper

The New Paper
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:08:13 -0800

The project was first announced in Parliament in 1984, to reclaim 875ha of shallow foreshore and swampland at the north-eastern coast of Singapore from Pasir Ris to Jalan Kayu, including Punggol. "As the location is subject to tidal influence, litter ...

Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:54:24 -0800

Trials are currently being done on cameras installed along Lornie Road and Jalan Kayu - roads that have been blacklisted as speeding zones. The new speed cameras are set to reduce the reliance on manpower as they run automatically for the entire day.

Straits Times

Straits Times
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:13:32 -0800

Seletar Hills residents (from left) George Pasqual, 80; Larry Kuah, 66; Percival Jeyapal, 62; Ronald Phua, 55; Bob McClure, 71; and John Phang, 61, standing next to Sengkang West Avenue. To the left is the stretch of Jalan Kayu Road that has been ...

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