Have you ever passed by a HDB flat painted with murals?
There are quite a few such blocks in Singapore; the most famous ones are probably the Hougang rainbow block and the Khatib flat with paintings of giant kites. Not always visually pleasant to everyone, these HDB murals, however, help to add a touch of uniqueness to certain blocks and make them stand out among the rest.
Standing opposite the Khatib MRT Station, it is unlikely that one will miss this prominent block with its four gigantic murals of kites.
Location: Block 838, Yishun Street 81
The rainbow block has been an iconic fixture along Hougang Avenue 7 since the early eighties.
Location: Block 316, Hougang Avenue 7
Location: Block 609, Bedok Reservoir Road
Commuters on the SMRT East-West Line used to see this adorable Cupid mural when their trains passed by Block 210 of Jurong East. Painted in 2005, the mural no longer exists today after the block underwent an upgrading program a few years back.
Location: Block 210, Jurong East Street 21
Since 1981, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ has been chosen as the national flower of Singapore, so it is natural to see them used as representative murals on some of the old HDB flats, such as the ones at Tanjong Pagar Plaza and Yishun. The orchid murals, however, had been removed when the blocks were given fresh coats of painting in recent years.
Location: Block 2, 4 & 5, Tanjong Pagar Road
Location: Block 740, Yishun Avenue 5
Location: Block 790 & 798, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 796, Yishun Ring Road
Trees of Life
Location: Block 800 & 804, Yishun Ring Road
Another tree mural can be found on a HDB block at Hougang. It belongs to a cluster of four identical blocks that are painted with symbols and pictures representative of Singapore. These include attap houses, public housing, racial harmony, Merlion and the national flag.
Location: Block 661, 662, 665 & 667, Hougang Avenue 4
Location: Block 917 & 923, Hougang Avenue 9
Playing sports is a good way to keep a healthy lifestyle, and football, tennis and cycling are some of the favourite sports here in Singapore.
Location: Block 855, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 858, Yishun Ring Road
Location: Block 309, Hougang Avenue 5
Painted at the ground floor, instead of the top level, of Block 105D of Edgefield Plains, the murals depict the former appearances of Punggol, when it was still a rustic and peaceful fishing village before the eighties.
Location: Block 105D, Edgefield Plains
Published: 23 March 2014