Hougang, (后港) in teochew means river end, is located at the back of Sungei Serangoon. In the olden days, this area is stretching from “five mile stone” (Upper Serangoon Road / Upper Paya Lebar Road junction all the way to Upper Serangoon Road / Punggol Road junction.
At the end of Upper Serangoon Road, there is a fishing port known Kang Kar (港脚). Today it had made way to become HDB / private residential units.
In the past, Hougang & Punggol had a popular pig farming area. The last of those pig farmers were relocated by 1990s to HDB flats in Hougang. Today, Hougang New Town is almost over 40,000 HDB residential units.
Today, Hougang is regarded as the “heartland” of Singapore, a significant distance away from Central Core Area. Shopping malls like Hougang Mall, Heartland Mall, Hougang One, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre spruced up. Hougang is also famous for some good food place like the Punggol Nasi Lemak, Teochew porridge as well as 24hrs Block 401 KPT eatery, a favorite hangouts for those midnight food finders.
Hougang is regarded as part of the “heartland” of Singapore, a significant distance away from the Central Area. Most of its commercial activity is centred on a few shopping malls such as Hougang Mall, Kang Kar Mall, Heartland Mall, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre and Hougang1.
In Hougang, one of the more prominent landmarks would be the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), part of the Buangkok Green Medical Park.
Hougang is served by 2 MRT stations (Hougang MRT near Hougang mall and Kovan MRT is which next to Heartland mall). Previously Hougang started with one bus interchange nearby Heartland mall. In 1995, a new bus interchange was open in Hougang (near Hougang mall), and the older interchange was renamed Hougang South bus interchange. Hougang South bus Interchange ceased operation in 2004 and it was converted to Kovan Hub.
Facilities in Hougang would include the Hougang Sports Hall, an indoor sport complex by Sport Singapore. Next to it would be Hougang stadium, home to S.League team Hougang United. Few parks like Punggol Park, wet markets and hawker centres.