Skyline of Redhill
Bukit Merah is a hill in Singapore. Previously, it was a much larger hill that was situated at the present site of Henderson housing estate, which lies opposite the Delta Sports Complex. There was a Chinese cemetery on the reverse side of the hill. The hill was trimmed to its current state in 1973 with the surrounding kampong being demolished to make way for the current Redhill Close. The present Bukit Merah Secondary School and Henderson Secondary School are also located in this area. The nearest MRT station is Redhill. The area surrounding this hill forms the Bukit Merah planning area, one of the 55 urban planning areas under the Urban Redevelopment Authority, in the Central Region.
While Bukit Merah and Redhill have the same meaning, they cannot be used interchangeably to describe the place as these are two different areas in the vicinity of each other. The Mass Rapid Transit station, Redhill MRT Station part of Singapore's transport system is named after the translation of Bukit Merah. It serves the immediate area of Redhill, Rumah Tinggi, Henderson, and parts of Bukit Merah. Tiong Bahru MRT Station is nearer to certain areas of Bukit Merah.
The Bukit Merah Bus Interchange (红山巴士转换站) serves the Bukit Merah New Town and the interchange which is located at Bukit Merah Central is nearer to the Henderson Road junction. There are a few SMRT buses that call at the interchange as it is operated by SBS Transit SBS Transit Service Number 132 links the Interchange to the Redhill MRT Station.
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- Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1
- Legend of Bukit Merah at the Singapore Museum website.