Located near the busy junction of Yio Chu Kang Road, Upper Serangoon Road and Upper Paya Lebar Road (formerly Paya Lebar Road), it is a place that seems to be frozen in time, with little changes over the decades.
Completed in 1980, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre was a $20-million project by Hong Huat Development. The sale and lease of its shop units started in 1978, and almost a third of its 400 units were instantly snapped up. One of the shopping centre’s most well-known tenants is probably the evergreen computer shop that sells affordable computer games for almost 20 years.
Today, the shopping centre is like a ghost town, where there are only a few tenants left in the building, which is quite an unusual scenario in a crowded Singapore. The building has been put up for sale, and after three decades, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre may be finally undergoing a major revamp.
Even during weekends, the shopping mall is deserted with only a couple of shops opened for business.
Just outside the shopping centre, there is a classic old building equipped with spiral staircase.
Check out Time Stands Still at Singapore’s Veteran Shopping Centres for brief summaries of other old shopping centres.
Published: 22 October 2010
Updated: 01 August 2021