Beauty World MRT station

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 DT5 
Beauty World
美世界
பியூட்டி வோர்ல்ட்
Beauty World
Rapid transit
Beauty World MRT Station Exit B, Singapore, at night - 20151114.jpg
Beauty World MRT station exit at night
Location 101 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 588216
Coordinates 1°20′28″N 103°46′33″E / 1.341133°N 103.775797°E / 1.341133; 103.775797
Operated by SBS Transit DTL
Line(s)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Construction
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  DT5 
History
Opened 27 December 2015; 2 years ago (2015-12-27)
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown line
towards Expo
Location

Beauty World MRT station (DT5) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Downtown Line in Bukit Timah, Singapore.

Located along Upper Bukit Timah Road, this station took its name from the historic Beauty World, an amusement park and market that once stood in the vicinity. Beauty World station primarily serves the residential estates along Jalan Jurong Kechil and Toh Yi Drive, as well as Beauty World Centre, Beauty World Plaza and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. It is also within walking distances to Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The section of tracks between this station and Hillview MRT station is the longest between any two MRT stations on the Downtown Line. There are basic structural provisions for a possible future station (also known as a "box station") along this section of tracks near Hume Avenue.[1]

History[edit]

Label of Beauty World MRT station in Singapore
Beauty World MRT exit B with public transport symbol
Concourse of Beauty World MRT

The Land Transport Authority has awarded the contract for the construction of Beauty World station and associated tunnels (Contract 916) to McConnell Dowell S.E.A. Pte Ltd on 25 March 2009, valued at S$339,879,555.00.[2]

Tunnelling works began on 8 June 2011. Two tunnel boring machines — which were named Athena and Artemis, after the Greek goddesses by students of the nearby Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School — tunnelled the 1 km stretch from Beauty World to King Albert Park.[3] The section of track between Hillview and Beauty World is the longest on the Downtown Line.

Part of the construction process was shown on an episode of Behind Every Job 2 on MediaCorp's Channel 8.

Etymology[edit]

The original name for "Beauty World" referred to an amusement park in the area. At that time, amusement parks were called "worlds": the others included Gay World, Great World, which Great World City now occupies and New World. The amusement park was subsequently converted to a market after the end of World War II, and called Beauty World Market. However, fire hazards led to the subsequent demolishing of the park in the 1980s.

The station name was also named after the Beauty World Centre. Other names such as Anak Bukit and Bukit Timah Market were considered before Beauty World was selected.

Art in Transit[edit]

"Asemic Lines" by Boedi Widjaja is an artwork that presents the multi-cultural mix of language and invites viewers' aesthetic intuition to 'hover' between reading and looking.

Exits[edit]

  • A: Beauty World Plaza, Beauty World Centre, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, UOB Centre
  • B: Bukit Timah Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kilat Centre, JK Building
  • C: Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Bukit Timah Community Club, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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