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Geylang (Malay: Geylang , Simplified Chinese: 芽笼, Traditional Chinese: 芽籠; Pinyin: Yálóng; Hokkien POJ: Gê-láng; Hokkien Taiji: Gey3lang4 ) is a planning area in Singapore. It is bordered by Toa Payoh and Hougang in the north, Bedok in the west, Marine Parade in the south and Kallang in the west. The main road through the area is Geylang Road, which runs parallel to Sims Avenue and the Pan Island Expressway to its north, and with Guillemard Road and Old Airport Road to its south. The canalised Geylang River cuts through the heart of the area.

The planning area of Geylang is divided into 5 neighbourhoods called "subzones". They are Aljunied, Geylang East, Kallang Way, Kampong Ubi and MacPherson.

Geylang is infamous in Singapore for its red light district, which still operates discreetly today. Or perhaps not so discreetly. On my recent visit to Singapore, I was driven around the Geylang area by a friend, who pointed out to me the houses that are being used as brothels. At some of these houses, I could clearly see the prostitutes displaying themselves to awaiting customers. Even along some of the road sides, I could see them standing around. It was an eye opener to me, that prostitution is allowed in the otherwise straitlaced Singapore.

Map of Geylang

Sights in Geylang

  1. 21 Old Airport Road (GPS: 1.30755, 103.88448)
  2. Aljunied MRT Station (GPS: 1.31641, 103.88304)
  3. Dakota MRT Station (GPS: 1.30824, 103.88582)
  4. Kallang Estate Food Centre (GPS: 1.3074, 103.88403)
  5. MacPherson MRT Station (GPS: 1.32678, 103.89019; CC10)
  6. Mountbatten MRT Station (GPS: 1.30631, 103.88244)
  7. Old Airport Road Food Centre (GPS: 1.30824, 103.88582)

Map of the subzones of Geylang


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