Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to be open to public on public holidays

The historic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS) will be open to everyone on public holidays from Feb 20. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The historic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS) will be open to everyone on public holidays from Feb 20. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The historic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be open to everyone on public holidays from Feb 20.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said on Monday that the national monument will be open to the public "to allow more Singaporeans to enjoy" the station. On Feb 20, the second day of the Chinese New Year, it will be open from 9am to 6pm.

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.

SLA said it tried to open up the place in the interim to house food stalls serving local fare in August 2014, but it did not proceed with the plan due to lack of interest.

"By opening up the former TPRS to the public on public holidays, we hope that more people will use the opportunity to visit the historical monument for strolls, take photos or to partake in its history," SLA said.

It added that it will continue to explore other ways to open the venue for events and activities so that more Singaporeans will get to enjoy its history and charm.

For example, a flea market organised by Public Garden will be held at the platform of the station in February, SLA said.

The station, built between 1929 and 1931, was gazetted as a national monument in 2013.

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