Bras Basah MRT Station

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Bras Basah
பிராஸ் பாசா
Bras Basah
Rapid transit
Escalators in Bras Basah MRT Station, Singapore.jpg
Escalators in Bras Basah MRT station.
Location 65 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189561
Coordinates 1°17′49″N 103°51′02″E / 1.296931°N 103.850631°E / 1.296931; 103.850631
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation)
Platforms Island
Tracks 2
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Underground
Depth 35 metres
Platform levels 5
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  CC2 
Fare zone 1
Opened 17 April 2010; 7 years ago (2010-04-17)
Previous names Museum
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
Circle Line
towards HarbourFront
The station's platform for trains bound for Dhoby Ghaut.
Exit B of Bras Basah MRT station.

Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Circle Line in the Museum planning area, Singapore, surrounded by the Singapore Management University. This station opened on 17 April 2010. This station is thirty-second walk to Bencoolen station.[1] The station is indirectly connected to Bencoolen MRT Station on the Downtown Line via Exit C, and through SMU basement concourse.


Before the station was built, it was named Museum. Later on in 2005, it was renamed to Bras Basah, as the name is still popular and was chosen for all Singaporeans and to reflect the area's heritage. The name, SMU was not used because it was not owned by the public.

During the construction of the Bras Basah MRT Station for the Circle Line, on 25 March 2003, the section of Bras Basah Road was realigned. The road was narrowed on 12 April 2003 before realigning on 2 May 2003.

The station's construction required the realignment of Bras Basah Road for 2 years before re-cladding of the Singapore Management University for another 2 years. The junction of Bras Basah Road and Waterloo Street was reinstated on 6 September 2006.

This station was completed in April 2007 mainly due to the presence of Singapore Management University.

The station was commissioned through the Marina Line Architectural Design Competition jointly organized by the Land Transport Authority and the Singapore Institute of Architects. The competition required no track record and is acknowledged by the industry as one of the best run competitions held in Singapore to date.[citation needed]

In 2009, "Best Transport Building" was awarded to the designers at WOHA Architects at the World Architecture Festival.[2]

During the opening of the station on 17 April 2010, Transport Minister Raymond Lim, who officiated the opening, said : "The Circle Line will enhance the quality of commute for the public – connecting homes, workplaces and social and recreational destinations more quickly and seamlessly." He also added that the stations will connect commuters to the "doorsteps of major cultural destinations" like the Esplanade and Fort Canning.

In addition, it won the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and International Architecture Awards in 2011. This station was 'featured' in Hellgate: London video game, when Windows Vista came out together.[citation needed]

Nearby buildings[edit]

Exit A directs passengers to the Singapore Art Museum, Exit B and C directs to the SMU underpass, and connects to National Museum of Singapore and Fort Canning Park. Exit D and E directs to Waterloo Street as well.


The station is 35 metres below ground and its island platform is located at basement 5. It was the deepest station from its opening until 22 December 2013 when the Downtown Line at Promenade MRT Station was completed. It is also the station with the longest escalator, at 41 metres which stretches from the ticket concourse to the transfer level and takes approximately one minute to travel.[3]

To let light into the station, a reflective pool of water with glass panels outside the Singapore Management University was created.

A video work was commissioned for the Art in Transit for this station. It is presented in 29 units of sound and images, forming a narrative of an action figure caught in a Chain of Wonderful Underwater Adventures. It is displayed in the evening at the concourse level of the station.


  1. ^ "11 Circle line stations open". The Straits Times. 2010-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit Station". World Buildings Director. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Factsheet Bras Basah Station" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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