A very rich man owned a lot of plantations here… and no surprise he had the name this area and station is named. Mr Chew Boon Lay was a businessman and he owned lots of land around here for plantations. What did he cultivate? Rubber. For that was a very lucrative cash crop riding on the wave of consumption sweeping the west with the advent of automobiles.
Today Boon Lay has been transformed. For in addition to serving a hinterland of housing estates, it serves also a greater industrial zone that stretches much further west. In addition, the nation’s second University is also in the vicinity (well a little far to walk) and the bird park is still a few bus stops away.
And the mall next to the station? It has streets that mimic Hong Kong and Osaka!
Part of the MRT series here.