Hougang means “end of the river” in Teochew and Hokkien dialect. The Teochews were once the largest population in Hougang. Kovan is a neighbourhood located within Hougang itself, not to be confused to regard Kovan as an estate. As Kovan’s boundaries are not too clear, URA defines its boundaries as Hougang Ave 2.
Another interesting “confusion” is the Punggol Park. Although its name is Punggol Park, it is located in Hougang. Bounded by Hougang Ave 8, Hougang Ave 10 and Sungei Piang, Punggol Park is 16 hectare town garden with a fishing pond and the park serves as an outdoor exercise and relaxation park for Hougang residents as well as residents from other estates who frequent the park to participate the various exercise activities that are organized.
There are no lack of shopping malls and shops in Hougang. Residents have choice of Hougang Mall, Hougang 1, Heartland Mall, Hougang Green Shopping Mall, Nex and other HDB shops as well as shophouses in Kovan.
Kovan Market and Food Centre is always crowded as it is located near Kovan MRT and lots of yummy food in the Food Centre. Speaking of food, there are many yummy food outlets in Kovan and Hougang. There long queues of people patronizing these outlets are not only from Hougang and Kovan but from other parts of Singapore too. Punggol Nasi Lemak (not at Punggol but located along Upper Serangoon Road), Lola Cafe, Sin Heng Kee Porridge, Divine Vegetarian, Yong’s Teochew Kuey and the row of Teochew porridge, just to name a few good food places.
Public transport includes the 3 MRT stations, Hougang, Kovan and Serangoon stations as well as the bus interchange.
Under the URA’s Masterplan, Hougang will have some transformation plans implemented to rejuvenate Hougang.
Residents can look forward to the transformations as it also means potential capital appreciation to their homes.