Mandai is the name of an urban planning area located in the North Region of Singapore. Mandai Road passes through the area, linking Woodlands Road to Upper Thomson Road. The area is generally undeveloped compared to the other parts of the island.

The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are located in the vicinity and are accessible via Mandai Road, and hence the common reference to the parks as "Mandai Zoo". Mandai Crematorium, the biggest crematorium and columbarium in Singapore, is also located in Mandai area.

In 2012, a new river-themed park, River Safari, will be situated beside the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.[1]

Military trainingEdit

Parts of Mandai are commonly used as military training areas as there is undeveloped land there. The following locations are used as training areas: Kwok Min, Asrama/Ulu Sembawang, Mandai Bumbong, Gali Batu and Mandai Central. Mandai Camp and Mandai West Camp are in Gali Batu, while Mandai Hill Camp and a live firing range are in Kwok Min.

Because of the massive makeover with the new bird park and rainforest park, the military training area will be moved to Pulau Tekong reclaimed land which will begin land reclamation in 2015 and complete in 2020. MINDEF will release all the Mandai training areas for redevelopment.

Etymology and historyEdit

Mandai Road was cut in 1855. The name Mandai appears in the Franklin and Jackson's Plan of Singapore (1828) as a river — "R. Mandi". The name is said to come from a tree.

The Mandai tree is of the species unid.


Mandai means "Head" in Tamil (normally used in a casual way).


The Mandai Depot, used for the Thomson Line, will also be located in Mandai. There is also Mandai Road as well.



  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3


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