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The Four Beauties at Simei

During the planning stages of the MRT stations from 1979 to 1982, Tampines and Simei were labelled as Tampines North and Tampines South due to the similar township. Simei was renamed to its current name only in 1985.

Bus Facts You Probably Don’t Know

Here’s one interesting bus fact: the shortest bus service is Feeder 902. It runs 1.1km from Woodlands Temporary Interchange to Republic Polytechnic and only operates during the school term on weekdays morning!

The One Dollar Ba Gua Coin Myth

The myth tells that the construction of MRT tunnels was detrimental to the nation as it would sever Singapore’s ‘dragon vein’. In Feng Shui, dragon vein refers to the mountain ranges that represent the prosperity of a nation; breaking the dragon vein would cause bad feng shui and calamity if not counteracted.

4D Oracle Stone at Loyang Temple

The history of Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple can be traced back to the early 1980s when statues of Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu deities were found lying along the coast near Loyang Way

No Long Hair For Guys: Operation Snip Snip

In the late 1960s, an anti-long hair campaign was launched by the government of Singapore to in a bid to slow down the influence of the hippie culture which was deemed to be detrimental to the stability of the society.

Badang Lifting Stone at National Day Parade 2016

Badang, Singapore’s Very Own Hercules

The myth tells of a poor man named Badang who captured a water demon who have been stealing his fishes. In return for its release, the water demon granted Badang superhuman strengths.