Chinatown MRT station

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 NE4  DT19 
Rapid transit
Pagoda Street entrance, Chinatown MRT Station, 2014 (01).JPG
Exit A of Chinatown MRT station.
Location151 New Bridge Road
91 Upper Cross Street
Singapore 059443/058362
Coordinates1°17′05″N 103°50′38″E / 1.28485°N 103.844006°E / 1.28485; 103.844006
Operated bySBS Transit (ComfortDelGro) (North East Line)
SBS Transit DTL (Downtown Line)
Platforms4 (1 island platform, 2 side platforms)
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels3
ParkingYes (Chinatown Point)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code NE4  DT19 
Fare zone1
Opened20 June 2003; 16 years ago (2003-06-20) (North East Line)
22 December 2013; 5 years ago (2013-12-22) (Downtown Line)
Previous namesPeople's Park
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East line
towards Punggol
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown line
towards Expo

Chinatown MRT station (NE4/DT19) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station on the North East Line and Downtown Line in Outram, Singapore. It provides MRT access to the ethnic district of Chinatown, after which it was named.

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. It is within walking distances to Telok Ayer MRT station on the Downtown Line.

The station entrances A and C were only open during revenue hours only, due to the presence of Garden Bridge.

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]


Chinatown MRT station Concourse.
Downtown Line platform

It was originally named People's Park during the construction. In 1999 the name was changed to Chinatown to reflect the heritage of the station. The North East Line was opened on 20 June 2003. Before the North-East Line part of this 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.[3] 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). Part of the New Bridge Road was often closed between 12 January 1998 and 20 October 2001 for the construction of Chinatown MRT station. Traffic along Eu Tong Sen Street was diverted until January 2000.

During the early stages of the Circle Line when it was under planning, the Circle Line Extension was planned to terminate at Chinatown, and was also duplicating the future Eastern Region Line. It was also named Hong Lim. The Downtown Line part of this station commenced on 12 February 2008 and opened on 22 December 2013, as part of the six-station Stage 1 of the Downtown Line. The Downtown Line station and tracks are built beneath Cross Street, above and perpendicular to the North-East Line station and tracks. Construction of the Downtown Line station also added a new entrance near Hong Lim Complex which enhances the connectivity to Hong Lim Complex instead of taking the MRT to Raffles Place.[4]


  1. ^ "NE4 - Chinatown". SBS Transit. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Downtown Line 1: Art-In-Transit" (PDF). Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ Construction of the North East Line
  4. ^ "Chinatown Station". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 2008-04-07.

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