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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 name of a street situated within the Sengkang Planning Area in the North-East Region of Singapore, under the urban planning scheme of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The area east 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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2718 news items

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 ...

Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:42:49 -0700

Separately, SBS Transit announced that bus service 102 will begin operating from Sunday between Hougang and Jalan Kayu. It will ply along Hougang Central, Upper Serangoon Road, Buangkok Drive, Sengkang Central, Compassvale Drive, Compassvale ...

Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:03:45 -0700

"One of the most memorable experiences I had was the setting up of the Homework Café at Jalan Kayu," said Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, who was Co-chairman of the Youth Development Network. "I am happy to see how the concept of the Homework Café has ...

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
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0700

SBS Transit will launch a new bus service on Sundaythat will ply between Hougang and Jalan Kayu. Service 102, which will operate daily from 5.45am to 11.30pm, will loop between Hougang Central bus interchange and Jalan Kayu. It will give commuters in ...


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:11:15 -0700

China will push patients to seek medical treatment locally in a bid to overhaul a over-burdened healthcare system where wide gaps between urban and rural care often mean people travel hundreds of miles to seek help in cities. The country is aiming that ...
MIS Asia
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:00:26 -0700

One SME that have benefited from Lazada Singapore's offering is consumer electronic store Unilite Electronics, which used to only operate from a brick-and-mortar store at Jalan Kayu. After launching its online presence through Lazada Singapore, Unilite ...

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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