Marsiling is a quiet and serene suburb of Woodlands that welcomes residents with old-style flats and apartments, at reasonable prices. It stretches from the north of Woodlands Square to the Woodlands Checkpoint, reaching the border with Malaysia.

Although it has a certain old-fashioned charm, many young people prefer to find room for rents in Marsiling or even flatmates, due to the affordable offers. It is important to mention that since the late 1990s, when the Government of Singapore decided to upgrade the existing HDB flats in this region, and provide refurbished elevators, additional rooms for flats, and other modern amenities, the number of residents increased significantly.

Historical background

Marsiling is indeed an old estate that was once dominated by rubber plantations and wastelands. However, back in the eighties it became home to estates, and soon developed into a residential area, welcoming residents in apartments and rooms for rent, even before the Woodlands New Town was inaugurated.

The name “Marsiling” has actually a Chinese ancestor as a muse – “Maxiling”, where “Maxi” is the name of the village where Lim Nee Soon (1879-1936) was born. Lim Nee Soon was a successful Teochew business man and Chinese pioneer who owned estates in Yishun, Sembawang and, of course, Marsiling.


Although it is one of the oldest HDB locations, Marsiling doesn’t lack in facilities and amenities that provide everything its residents need. The neighborhood center revolves around Marsiling Court which houses 32 shops where visitors can find from non-alimentary goods to bakeries and cake shops, and also electrical appliances and hardware shops. Mailing Court has also several hair salons and dining establishments, and a modern market and food center where residents often come to buy everything from fresh meat and fish to fruits and vegetables.

The area houses also several industrial buildings such as Borneo Motors and Seiko Instruments, and the beautiful Admiralty Park, which situated a short walk away from Marsiling Court, and it is a great destination for jogging and spending quality time with your family, flatmates or roommates.

Marsiling Point, on the other hand, is situated right next to the Marsiling MRT Station and is also accessible via the Bukit Timah Expressway. It is a vast shopping centre that houses from supermarkets and provision shops to hair salons, furniture shops, banks and dental clinics. Marsiling Point is also home to several eating outlets, banks and ATMs.

The Nee Soon Town Council, Metta Home and Fuchun Community Club are located nearby Marsiling Point. Those who love to spend time in the heart of nature should visit Woodlands Town Garden, which is situated in the vicinity.

The neighborhood has plenty of educational institutions to choose from, such as Marsiling Primary School, Fuchun Primary School, Singapore American School, and German European School Singapore.


The suburb can be accessed via MRT public transportation, that has the following stations in the area: Marsiling, situated west of Woodlands and Woodlands, and is also served by several public buses.

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Photo credits: Marsiling MRT Station, Woodlands, Singapore. by mailer_diablo – used under CC BY