Bishan is called Bishan because in the past, it used to be a Cantonese cemetery called Peck San Theng (simplified Chinese: 碧山亭; pinyin: bìshántīng), which means "pavilions on the hill". This cemetery was made in 1870, but recently the government developed this place, so many people live in Bishan now.
Bishan is next to the Central Expressway (CTE), so people all over Singapore can come to Bishan using the CTE. Bishan also has its MRT station called Bishan station. Bishan also has a bus interchange, where people can change to many buses they may want to change to.
Bishan has many schools. There are 4 primary schools, 7 secondary schools and one post-secondary technical education institute. The most famous school in Bishan is Raffles Institution, which is a secondary school and junior college.
Bishan also has the Ministry of Education Language Center (MOELC). Students in Singapore come to MOELC to learn languages like French, German, Japanese, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia.
Shopping centers [change]
Bishan has three shopping centers.
- Junction 8 is a big shopping center in the center of Bishan. It is near the MRT station and bus interchange.
- Bishan North Shopping Mall is an open-air building, with shops selling fruits and vegetables. It is not really a shopping center, even though it calls itself a shopping center.
- Thomson Plaza is a shopping center on Upper Thomson Road.