Before it is the vibrant and mature estate it is today, Hougang was once a large area of forested land, with pig-rearing farms and villages. Two of the more popular villages in this are was Somapah Serangoon and Kangkar. Somapah Serangoon village used to be a popular spot to catch Chinese opera shows and listen to entertaining storytellers while Kangkar was a bustling fishing village originally set up by Catholic missions in the early 20th century.
These days, Hougang is more than just one of the few "Opposition towns" in Singapore. This northeast 'hood packs a lot of gems like gothic churches, a lush park complete with a lake and the some of the best hawker fare Singapore.