In the news today, the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is to be opened to public. This addition to Singapore recreation spots will no doubt attract local and tourists given its historical background. A number of places of attraction in Singapore are built in a sophisticated and modern design and concept such as those at Garden by the Bay, Sentosa, etc. I hope this one will maintain its charm as old time Singapore. I remember having lunch at the building years before. It was a contrast to the Singapore of today. It brought back memories when I was little in a town in Indonesia. The building, although much cleaner, looks very much the same. Will it bring back your memories of the old Singapore? Or will it be again decorated with modern design? Let’s find out. Head down on the opening day on the second day of Chinese New Year, 20 February, it will be opened from 9am to 6pm.
The Straits Times report mentioned that given its rich history and heritage value, the former station has been a popular venue for private events, ranging from carnivals, pop-up restaurants to high-end fashion shows and product launches. High-end fashion show? Anyway, The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said that the national monument will be opened to the public “to allow more Singaporeans to enjoy” the station. They hope that more people will use the opportunity to visit the historical monument for strolls, take photos or to partake in its history. This sounds like a promising recreation spot.
The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, built between 1929 and 1931, was gazetted as a national monument in 2013.