Bishan MRT Station

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 NS17  CC15 
Rapid transit
Bishan MRT Station Platform.jpg
Circle Line (Dhoby Ghaut-bound) platform of Bishan MRT station.
Location 200 Bishan Road
17 Bishan Place
Singapore 579827 / 579842
Coordinates 1°21′04″N 103°50′54″E / 1.351236°N 103.848456°E / 1.351236; 103.848456
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Platforms Island (North South Line 1987 - 2008)
Separated Side (North South Line 2009 - present)
Island (Circle Line)
Tracks 4
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Sub-Surface (North South Line)
Underground (Circle Line)
Platform levels 4
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  NS17  CC15 
Opened 7 November 1987 (North South Line)
28 May 2009 (Circle Line)
Electrified Yes
Previous names San Teng MRT Station[1]
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South Line
towards Dhoby Ghaut
Circle Line
towards HarbourFront
Concourse level of Bishan Station

Bishan MRT Station (NS17/CC15) is a Mass Rapid Transit interchange station along the North South Line and the Circle Line in Bishan, Singapore. The station is located along Bishan Road, at the town centre of Bishan. On the North South Line, some trains from Bishan Depot arrive at platform B of the station to travel southbound towards Marina South Pier for evening peak period services. An underpass allows commuters to transfer from one line to the other.


The contract to build San Teng MRT station was awarded to a Belgian and Singaporean joint venture on 16 December 1983. This SGD$32,882,507 contract, the first involving cut and cover construction awarded by the MRT Corporation, also includes 3.2 kilometres of tunnels between San Teng MRT station and Braddell MRT Station.[2]

On 21 September 1984, the MRT Corporation renamed San Teng station to Bishan station to reflect the name of the new housing estate that was being built around this MRT station.[1]

Art in Transit[edit]

The Circle Line section of this station displays the Art in Transit artwork Move!. There are three murals created by Soh Ee Shaun depicting landmarks that residents of the Bishan area identify with.

Cultural impact[edit]

Being located on the site of the Peck San Theng cemetery, the station is rumoured to be haunted, and has been the subject of several Singaporean urban legends, as well as the site for alleged ghost encounters. A 1988 article in The New Paper mentioned rumoured sightings of headless ghosts at the station.[3]

The newspaper The Sunday Times ran an article debunking an urban legend associated with the station, along with an article featuring an account by a passenger who claimed that, while riding on a train passing through the station one morning in the early 1990s, she was groped by several unseen hands before passing out. She was later revived by fellow passengers.[4] There are also other alleged encounters of ghosts and other entities by several passengers in and around the station, such as headless figures, footsteps coming from the roof of the train, and phantom passengers who do not cast reflections on the train windows.

Circle Line linkage and changes to the station[edit]

Major alterations were performed on the original North South Line station to be linked to the Circle Line. A new air-conditioned southbound platform to serve the southbound trains (heading towards Marina South Pier) was officially opened by the then Minister for Transport, Mr Raymond Lim on 27 July 2008, a few days before National Day. The original platform is now dedicated to only northbound train services (heading towards Jurong East). A wall now separates the southbound tracks and the northbound platform, and southbound train doors no longer open on the right towards the old platform. The northbound platform was also upgraded with air conditioning and full height platform screen doors where train doors open on the right, and was officially completed on 22 May 2009. It was formerly the only MRT station on the network that was sub-surface between 1987 and 2008, and has since got its North South Line platforms separated to make space for the linkage to Circle line.

North South Line platform at Bishan MRT station between 1987 and 2008, before Platform Screen Doors were installed.

Noise barriers[edit]

Due to the close proximity of a nearby tunnel portal to residential apartment blocks, the construction of a two-metre tall barriers stretching 180 metres in length started in September 2011 and was completed by the second quarter of 2012. It is insulated with noise absorptive materials such as rock wool.[5]

NorthBound tracks towards Ang Mo Kio Station.

Station layout[edit]

Rush hour in Bishan MRT Station Circle Line
L1 Street Level Junction 8, 7-Eleven, Citibank, Bishan Bus Interchange
NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B1 Platform A North South Line MRT Singapore Destination 4.png towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS16  Ang Mo Kio
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North South Line MRT Singapore Destination 5.png towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS18  Braddell
Side platform, doors will open on the left
B2 Transfer Linkway Escalators to both North South Line platforms, lift to North South Line southbound platform and ticket concourse
CCL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3 Platform A Circle Line MRT Singapore Destination 9.png towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC16  Marymount
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B Circle Line MRT Singapore Destination 8 (1).png towards  CC1  NS24  NE6  Dhoby Ghaut via  CC14  Lorong Chuan
Circle Line MRT Singapore Destination 10.png towards  CE2  NS27  Marina Bay via  CC14  Lorong Chuan (peak hour only)


  • A to C : Junction 8, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council, Bishan Library, Bishan NPP, CPF Bishan Bldg, Raffles Institution, Bishan CC
  • D : MOE Language Ctr (Bishan), Bishan Swimming Cplx, Kuo Chuan Presby Pri Sch, Bishan Sports Hall/Stadium, Kuo Chuan Presby Sec Sch
  • E : Junction 8

Transport connections[edit]


Destination First Train Last Train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.08am 6.22am 6.47am 12.12am
to NS28 Marina South Pier 5.37am 5.37am 6.10am 11.37pm
to NS27 Marina Bay 11.39pm
to NS19 Toa Payoh 12.15am
to NS7 Kranji 12.28am
Circle Line
to CC1 Dhoby Ghaut 5.40am 5.40am 6.07am 11.35pm
to CC29 HarbourFront 5.23am 5.23am 5.47am 11.18pm
to CC26 Pasir Panjang 11.48pm
to CC23 one-north 12.04am
to CC7 Mountbatten 12.12am
to CC17 Caldecott 12.32am
to CC12 Bartley 12.36am


  1. ^ a b "Six stations are renamed and others moved". The Straits Times. 21 September 1984. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Two MRT contracts worth $96m awarded". The Straits Times. Singapore. 16 December 1983. 
  3. ^ Abdul Hadhi (17 October 1988). "Where are the ghosts?". The New Paper. p. 3. Retrieved 13 May 2016 – via NewspaperSG. 
  4. ^ Mun San, Mak (17 April 2005). "Is Bishan MRT 'unclean'?". The Straits Times. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2016 – via NewspaperSG. 
  5. ^ "LTA to study noise levels along elevated MRT tracks". Channel NewsAsia. 2011-06-14. 

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