Exploring Singapore: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Over the summer, I took a trip back to the other city I call home: sunny Singapore! This year, I was really happy to squeeze in quite a bit of exploring to several places for the first time. Watch this space, I’m looking forward to sharing more here! :)

To start, I have to share about the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, which if you plan to visit, you got to do it soon as it’s only open till December this year.

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

I’m quite embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know much about the station (a national monument of Singapore since 2011) and its history, until I visited and then read up about it afterwards. The station was opened in 1932 and stopped operations in 2011, it used to be a station for trains travelling between Singapore and Malaysia. If you’re interested, you can read more about the station’s history and architecture <here>.

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Just like the station that stopped operating, the clock does not work too, if you’re wondering.

This station may not appeal to everyone, especially for visitors who prefer the Marina Bay Sands/Sentosa/Orchard Road side of things. However, it was exactly this contrast of an old, no longer in use station in modern and new Singapore that made the place a very interesting spot to visit for me.

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

To be honest, throughout my 19 years spent growing up in Singapore, I never did much exploring. Isn’t it quite a common occurrence though? The idea even seems funny sometimes, to explore your hometown. But yet, after moving away and when returning for the annual visits, I return with a list of places I want to explore and visit. I start appreciating things I never used to notice, taken for granted as simply being part of everyday life. So cliche but so true! I shared this on my Instagram while I was in Singapore, but allow me to repost it here. :)

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Anyway, I’m glad to have gotten the chance to visit this station before its closure (on 25 December 2016) due to construction of a new train station. It seems like the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be restored after construction is over and will reopen in year 2025. (More information here.)

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

If you’re interested in visiting this station, here are the details.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (*Closed as of 25 December 2016)
30 Keppel Road
Hours: 9am – 6pm (open during Singapore public holidays)
Free admission

City Girl City Stories: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

*Update: I finally put together a video of this Singapore trip and included some memories from my exploring at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in it, do check it out below! :)

2 Comments

  • Reply Diane September 5, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Hi Kylene! It may not be an attractive tourist spot but for me, it deserves a visit because it is history and heritage. I love the facade, arches and the wooden train tracks. The paintings also deserve an attention. Not sure though, but a lot can be done to the ticketing area. There are surely a lot of artists and historians willing to collaborate.

    Btw, thank you for referring me to postcrossing.com I will surely try it one of these days. :)

    • Reply Kylene Wu September 9, 2016 at 5:22 PM

      Hi Diane! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it’s always interesting to see things from a different perspective. :) Even though it’s quite some years away, I’m curious to see how the station building would look after the restoration, maybe the ticketing area will have a new look?

      Oh you’re welcome, I hope you like it! :)

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