Category Archives: Trails

The MRT Stations of the West

Singapore’s MRT system began operations in November 1987, with only 5 stations (from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh). Today, there are 5 lines in operation, and over 100 stations serving Singaporeans every day. In June 2017, 4 more MRT stations along the Tuas West Extension will open, extending the East-West Line (EW Line) into the Tuas industrial area, and bringing the total number of MRT stations in operation to 106.

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East Coast Park

East Coast Park should be a familiar location to all Singaporeans. This man-made beach has been a popular recreational destination for locals and visitors alike, ever since its completion in the 1970s. However, beyond the bicycle rental shops and the barbeque pits, how much are we aware of the other landmarks in this 15km long park?

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East Coast Park

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Civic District

Singapore’s first permanent heritage trail is located at the Civic District. The Civic District Trail, launched in 1999, consists of two separate routes. Trail One covers the areas around the Padang, Esplanade Park and Empress Place, while Trail Two covers Fort Canning Hill, Dhoby Ghaut and the Museum district. The Civic District is also covered in the Jubilee Walk, a commemorative trail to be launched at the end of the year in lieu of SG50.

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Sentosa and the Central Pedestrian Axis

In addition to the monorail, visitors to Sentosa could (and still can) opt to travel around the island by bus or by foot. A central axis was introduced in the late 1980s as the main pedestrian mall, and to complement the monorail system in easing wayfinding.

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Wayfinding around Sentosa would have been a lot more confusing for walking visitors without the central axis

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Sentosa and its Rail Corridor

Recently, I came across a number of old photos of Sentosa showing how it was like before Resorts World came in. Indeed, many things have changed over the last 10 years, with familiar places such as the Ferry Terminal and Asian Village demolished, and the old monorail system decommissioned. While many things have changed, some things still remain.

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Caught at the crossroads: the Ferry Terminal (Sentosa Monorail) and the Waterfront (Sentosa Express) Stations standing beside each other

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