Have you ever wondered how Tampines’ unique name came about?
Tampines was named in 1828 after Sungei Tampines, as the area was densely populated with trees of the Tempinis species. Up until 1987, Sungei Tampines was a military training ground as it was still a forested area.
To maintain the area’s link to its name, then Tampines GRC MP, Yatiman Yusof, headed a project to transplant the trees all over Tampines in 1995, to raise awareness of the origin of the neighbourhood’s name.
You can see these trees all over Singapore today, in areas such as Bukit Timah, St John’s Island and Pulau Ubin, Singapore. If you spot any of them, do share them in the comments below!
(Photo credit: Our Tampines Hub)
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