In the past, Tampines was covered by forests, swamp and sand quarries. The name Tampines came from the Malay word for a ironwood tree found abundantly in the town, 'Tempinis'.
Tampines Town was the first to be developed on a precinct concept in 1979 (having neighbourhoods and precincts) for the promotion of neighbourliness. It also won a UN World Habitat Award for its town design in 1992.
Over the years, Tampines has transformed into one of the most developed regional centres which serves residents in the Eastern part of Singapore.