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Highlands of Bedok

location: Junction of Bedok Rise & Jalan Lima Kasturi (pedestrian footpath between Bedok Rise and Tanah Merah MRT Station)

Bedok Rise is the highest point on the trail and can be accessed VIA the undulating road of Bedok Rise or the historical Tanah Merah Kechil Road South. In the past, residents used to keep a lookout for fires and other incidents from the top of Bedok Rise all the way to Eunos. The lower lands of Kampong Bedok were a thriving Malay village that remained in existence until the early 1980s. The hills in this area were once cultivated as fruit and vegetable farms by Chinese residents.

Visitors to the area can get an idea of the undulating elevation of the Bedok area before land reclamation occurred in the 1960s to 1980s. During this time, excavated earth from former hills in the area was used to fill the sea from the edges of Bedok to Tanjong Rhu, which formed today's East Coast Park and Marine Parade.

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) carried out a multi-phase land reclamation project using bucket wheel excavators to flatten the hills of Bedok, while a 16-kilometre-long conveyor belt transported the earth to the coast. The project extended the coast at Bedok by more than half a kilometre seawards.

With the vision of creating a New Town at Bedok with a population of over 200,000, similar to Queenstown and Toa Payoh before it, the HDB integrated housing, amenities, and services in Bedok. This served as an early example of today's live-work-play concept, following the HDB's New Town model of the 1960s and 1970s.

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