Chinatown MRT Station

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 NE4  DT19 
Chinatown MRT Station
Stesen MRT Chinatown
Rapid transit
Chinatown Station Downtown Line Platform 201401.jpg
Downtown Line platform of Chinatown MRT station.
Station statistics
Address 151 New Bridge Road
91 Upper Cross Street
Singapore 059443/058362
Coordinates 1°17′05″N 103°50′38″E / 1.28485°N 103.844006°E / 1.28485; 103.844006
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Underground
Levels 3
Platforms Island (North East Line)
Side (Downtown Line)
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 20 June 2003 (North East Line)
22 December 2013 (Downtown Line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code  NE4  DT19 
Operator SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro) (North East Line)
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown Line)
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
towards Punggol
towards Bugis
Downtown Line
Stage 1
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line
Future service
towards Expo
Chinatown MRT Station Concourse
North East Line platform of Chinatown MRT Station

Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and the Downtown Line in Singapore. On the North East Line, it lies between the Outram Park and Clarke Quay MRT stations and between Telok Ayer and Fort Canning MRT stations on the Downtown Line. It is directly below and serves the district of Chinatown. 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. The section of track between Telok Ayer and this station is the shortest between any 2 stations on the Downtown Line; it takes 1 minute for a train to travel between these 2 stations.

This station serves as the southern terminus of the Downtown Line from 22 December 2013 till 2017, where it would be replaced by Expo as the third phase of the line opens.

Art in Transit[edit]

North East Line[edit]

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.[1]

Downtown Line[edit]

Artwork titled, "Flying Colours" by Cheo Chai Hiang illustrate hanging clothes on poles outside windows, delivering the illusion towards commuters passing by that the clothes are flying in the wind.[2]

North East Line platform of Chinatown MRT station in 2010.


Provisions were made during the initial construction of this station for connection with future lines, which will serve developments in the New Downtown area, especially the integrated resort. The station will be an interchange with Stage 1 of the future Downtown Line, with the connecting station and tracks built above and perpendicular to the current station, beneath Cross Street.[3] A new entrance and exit structure will be built near Hong Lim Complex as part of the Downtown Line station addition. Construction for the Downtown Line station commenced on 12 February 2008.

Before the 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.[4] 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). Rigorous safety precautions ensured there were no fatal accidents during the construction.

Station layout[edit]

The main entrance and exit of the station is situated in the middle of Pagoda Street within the heart of Chinatown, which is now closed to all automobiles but remains open to pedestrians and manual vehicles such as trishaws. One could note that the modern architecture of the station entrance could provide an uneasy contrast to the Victorian era shophouses surrounding it, although some may like the cultural fusion.

L1 Street Level
DTL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
Side platform, not in service
Platform B No regular service
Downtown Line (under construction) towards  DT35  CG1  Expo via  DT20  Fort Canning (→)
Platform A Downtown Line towards  DT14  EW12  Bugis via  DT18  Telok Ayer (←)
Downtown Line (under construction) towards  DT1  BP6  Bukit Panjang via  DT18  Telok Ayer (←)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
B3 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE3  EW16  Outram Park (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC  Punggol via  NE5  Clarke Quay (←)
Transfer Linkway Paid link to Downtown Line Platform A


  • A: Chinatown Complex
  • C: Garden Bridge
  • D: People's Park Centre
  • E: Hong Lim Market, Chinatown Point

Transport connections[edit]


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.10am 6.09am 6.30am 11.55pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.03am 6.05am 6.25am 12.00am
Downtown Line
to DT14 Bugis 6.15am 6.15am 6.35am 12.00am



  1. ^ "NE4 - Chinatown". SBS Transit. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Downtown Line 1: Art-In-Transit". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chinatown Station". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ Other Rail Projects - North East Line, Land Transport Authority

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