Now one might associate Paya Lebar with an airport and that would be correct. Only that it is an airport for the military these days, having seen its last civilian passenger in 1981. Now the area around the station as been transformed, with malls that surround it as if a bunch of toughs cornering a little kid. But walk a little away and you will see the transition. See the aerial views to believe it.
Did you know the words “Paya” and “Lebar” means ‘swamp’ and ‘wide’? First cleared in the early 1950s for the building of the airport, it has not looked back since. Of course some who live here might complain about the noise from the jets returning from training sorties. But that’s the price to pay for living in a historic district!
Part of the MRT series here.