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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 86 and 103(merger of services 103 and 103M), and lately, bus 85 which diverted its route to call at the Jalan Kayu Shophouses. 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. As a result, services 50 and 163 will no longer serve that 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.

Service Between And Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
39 Yishun Bus Interchange Tampines Bus Interchange
85 Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange Yishun Bus Interchange
86 Sengkang Bus Interchange Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
103 Serangoon Bus Interchange West Camp Road (loop)
168 Bedok Temporary Bus Interchange Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
858 Changi Airport PTB 1, 2 & 3 Bus Terminal Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange


  • 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 New Paper

The New Paper
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:37:30 -0700

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) seized about 6.5kg of heroin during an operation earlier this week, the largest single haul of that drug so far for this year. The heroin seized could have fed the addiction of about 3,125 drug abusers for a week ...

The Straits Times

The Straits Times
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:37:51 -0700

SINGAPORE - The Ju Eng Home at Jalan Kayu, which currently cares for 334 patients, will be expanded to a 584-bed facility by June 2016. When completed, it will be Singapore's largest nursing home, until the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital opens its new ...

The Online Citizen

The Online Citizen
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:53:27 -0700

While the ICA did not refer specifically to the case of Chinese national and Singapore permanent resident, Mr Yang Yin, it was revealed in recent weeks that the latter was a volunteer with the Jalan Kayu grassroots in Ang Mo Kio GRC. Mr Yang is ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

More heroin was also found in the 44-year-old man's home in Jalan Kayu. The drugs have a street value of more than $500,000. The CNB said in a statement yesterday that it believes the alleged syndicate has been importing drugs from a neighbouring ...

The Online Citizen

The Online Citizen
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:22:45 -0700

It had emerged that Mr Yang had been active in the grassroots in Jalan Kayu, a precinct in Ang Mo Kio GRC which Dr Intan is responsible for. On 8 September, Dr Intan was reported to have said that Mr Yang was “a grassroots leader and one of several ...
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:17:17 -0700

... ranging from rogan josh to bouillabaisse, from mutton mysore to ratatouille, that I'm seriously considering just stir-frying canned escargot into biryani rice and drenching it in curry from my favourite prata place on Jalan Kayu, which I'll ...

The Online Citizen

The Online Citizen
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:28:26 -0700

Be that as it may, one of the issues which the entire sage – which has been in the spotlight for more than a month – has raised is how Mr Yang became a “grassroots leader” with the Jalan Kayu precinct in Ang Mo Kio group representation constituency (GRC).

The Straits Times

The Straits Times
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0700

Questions had been raised over the former China tour guide's role in the Jalan Kayu Neighbourhood Committee, after pictures of him at various grassroots activities surfaced online. The People's Association confirmed that he had been a member of the ...

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