Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bukit Batok's 'Mt Fuji'

For a lot of people, Bukit Batok still remains a very confusing area to navigate. That's probably because Bukit Batok is divided into 2 separate 'zones' - Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak. The town is divided by a small hilly ridge which completely separates the precinct into two distinct  zones.

Today , the 2 zones are connected by roads skirting both ends of the ridge as well as the MRT track that tunnels through the ridge itself.
When I am asked which part of Bukit Batok I live in, my reply would be 'across from the MRT station'. But in the past, I would say 'next to the Fuji Hill'.

Yes, there is a officially named "Fuji Hill' located at Bukit Batok.
Though today most residents do not call it by this name, it was a landmark in the early 1990s.
I guess it's a bit of an embarrassment to call it" Fuji'
Today, Fuji Hill is covered by trees and looks like any other park. It is my neighbourhood park.

Bukit Batok New Town was built on a hilly area and one of those hills left remaining where it stood was commonly referred to as Fuji Hill due to its conical shape.
Here is an old picture of the hill without its covering of trees found today. Its easy to see why people called it such in the earlier days.

Fuji Hill around 1980, before someone went berserk with tree planting

The road in front of this hill (in the picture above) is Bukit Batok St 21. The wayang stage on the right stands across where the chinese temples are located today.

Related blogs:
My neighbourhood park
Bukit Batok, my neigbourhood

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