Serangoon is a planning area as well as a residential city. It is situated in the northern east area of Singapore. It is bordered by other major planning cities that include; Hougang found to the eastern side, Sengkang from the northern side, Ang Mo Kiob and Bishan from the western part. Serangoon is subdivided into seven distinct subzones. The zones are named as follows; Serangoon Central, Lorong Chuan, Serangoon North, Serangoon North Industrial Estate, Serangoon Garden, Seletar Hills and finally Upper Paya Lebar. The city was pioneered by Tamil Muslim traders whose origin was India. A Road named Serangoon was first discovered as a lead track in the year 1821. By the year 1822, the road had extended to the curent Woodsville region. The year 1822 saw another road set up in the region. The new road had extended to Sungei by the year 1827.
There are no confirmed details as to what the name Serangoon means. The name was derived from a certain bird called burong ranggong in Malay language. The bird was common in the swampy areas. The bird constitutes the following features; a white breast, long unwebbed feet, sharp bill, grey crest, black back with a long neck. The northern region of Serangoon Road is referred to as nan sheng hua yuen pien in Chinese. The area is also known as fringe of garden. This translated to Chinese vegetable gardens found in the Bendemeer region. The town was traditionally named mang chai chiao which means feet of the jackfruit. This was because of numerous jackfruit trees growing around the area. Serangoon Road is known as au kang in Chinese. This translates to back creek. The Chinese name for the famous Serangoon Garden is angsali. Serangoon area has been home for Indians since the year 1826. The Indians still dominate the area in modern days.
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