Chinatown MRT station - Chinatown MRT station

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 NE4  DT19 
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
NE4 DT19 Chinatown Exit C.jpg
Exit C of Chinatown MRT station.
Location151 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059443 (NEL)
91 Upper Cross Street
Singapore 058362 (DTL)
Coordinates1°17′05″N 103°50′38″E / 1.28485°N 103.844006°E / 1.28485; 103.844006Coordinates: 1°17′05″N 103°50′38″E / 1.28485°N 103.844006°E / 1.28485; 103.844006
Operated bySBS Transit Logo.svg SBS Transit Ltd (ComfortDelGro Corporation)
Platforms4 (1 island platform, 2 side platforms)
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels3
ParkingYes (Chinatown Point, People's Park Centre, People's Park Complex)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened20 June 2003; 17 years ago (2003-06-20) (North East line)
22 December 2013; 6 years ago (2013-12-22) (Downtown line)
Previous namesPeople's Park
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
towards Punggol
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line
towards Expo
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Chinatown station in Singapore

Chinatown MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North East line and Downtown line in Outram, Singapore, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street. It provides MRT access to the ethnic district of Chinatown, after which it was named.

The construction of the station was considered an engineering achievement, due to the busy traffic on the roads above and a number of nearby historical buildings that had to be preserved during the construction. It is within walking distances to Telok Ayer MRT station on the Downtown line.


Chinatown MRT station Concourse.
Downtown line platform

It was originally named People's Park during the construction. In 1999 the name was changed to Chinatown to reflect the heritage of the station. The North East line was opened on 20 June 2003. Before the North East line part of this station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Farrer Park, Serangoon and Hougang stations.

This station is said to be the most challenging station to build on the North East line, due to the large number of buildings above ground, most with reinforced concrete or timber piles and all in marine clay.[1] Another feat was that they had to preserve Garden Bridge, a large overhead bridge on bore piles, while building the station below. The tidal Eu Tong Sen Canal was also diverted into four two-meter diameter steel pipes slung under the temporary traffic decks (two on each side). Part of the New Bridge Road was often closed between 12 January 1998 and 20 October 2001 for the construction of Chinatown MRT station. Traffic along Eu Tong Sen Street was diverted until January 2000.

The Downtown Line was planned since the late 1990s from Tampines to Bukit Panjang and in order to duplicate the East West Line. Contract 909 for the construction of Chinatown DTL station and associated tunnels were awarded to Gammon Construction at a contract sum of S$160.3 million. Works commenced on 12 February 2008.[2]

This DTL station was opened on 22 December 2013, for those travelling from Bugis to Chinatown, it is preferable to take a bus 2, 12 or 33 from Victoria Street and limited bus services from Eu Tong Sen Street (People's Park Centre).[3] Since 21 October 2017, with the opening of DTL from Chinatown to Expo, Tampines and Bedok North residents also have enhanced connectivity to Chinatown area which is more convenient.[4]

Art in Transit

North East line

There are Chinese calligraphy paintings in the station titled, "The Phoenix's-Eye Domain" telling the significance of Chinatown. It is painted by renowned Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian.[5]

Downtown line

An artwork titled, "Flying Colours" by Cheo Chai Hiang illustrates hanging clothes on poles outside windows, delivering the illusion towards commuters passing by that the clothes are flying in the wind.[6]


  1. ^ Construction of the North East Line
  2. ^ "List of contracts awarded for Downtown Line 1" (PDF). Land Transport Authority.
  3. ^ "Construction Work On Downtown Line Stage 1 Begins" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Chinatown Station". Land Transport Authority. Archived from the original on 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  5. ^ "NE4 - Chinatown". SBS Transit. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Downtown Line 1: Art-In-Transit" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.

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