Block 316 is part of the first generation of buildings built by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) during Hougang’s redevelopment in the 1980s. During this period, HDB started to create a greater sense of identity for housing estates through the design of the towns and streets. Hence, blocks built in Hougang during this era were designed with curves. Those along Avenue 7 were designed with rounded balconies and curved columns. Certain blocks throughout the town were also painted with murals to add colour and interest to the buildings. For instance, Block 316, more popularly known as the Rainbow Block of Hougang was painted with a sweeping rainbow mural since it was first built. Over the years, despite modifications to the rainbow design, the block continues to be painted with a rainbow mural and is a modern icon of Hougang Town today.
From National Monuments to memories of diverse communities who call Hougang home, these three thematic trails are designed to bring you on a journey of discovery. Explore Hougang beyond its modern housing estates, trace its stories through its built heritage, and get to know how it transformed from kampongs into the suburb it is today.
Explore the Suggested Short Trail Routes:
- Landmarks of Hougang, 1 hour with public transport
- Architectural Gems, 1 hour 45 min with public transport
- Institutions of Service, 1 hour 30 min with public transport