History lesson for Tanjong Pagar Railway Station visitors on Deepavali

Children walk along the tracks of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on National Day.
Children walk along the tracks of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on National Day. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - History buffs are set for a treat when the historic Tanjong Pagar Railway Station opens its doors to the public again this Saturday (Oct 29) for Deepavali.

Little-known facts about the national monument - for instance, its upper floors used to house a 34-room hotel - will be unveiled at a specially curated exhibition wall.

Heritage blogger Jerome Lim will also engage the public in a sharing session about the significance of the station, said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) in a press release on Tuesday.

Those interested can also register for a photography workshop to learn tips on effects and composition, while an interactive story-telling session and a kaleidoscope-making workshop will keep children busy.

The popular all-day Artisan and Farmers' Market also makes its return. A selection of handmade craft, food options and local produced will be available.

"Since we opened the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to the public on public holidays in February 2015, it has been popular with Singaporeans young and old, due to its historical significance and rustic charm," said SLA chief Executive Tan Boon Khai.

 

"This Open House, we would like to take the opportunity to share more about the rich history and heritage of this State property and we welcome everyone to join in the activities."

As space for the various activities and workshops is limited, the public are encouraged register. More details are available on SLA's Facebook page.

The station, which was built in 1929 and gazetted as a national monument in 2011, will open from 9am to 6pm. Admission is free.

This is one of the final few chances for the public to visit the station, which will close in December when work is due to begin on integrating it with the Circle Line extension.

More than 100,000 people have visited the station since February last year.