Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

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 NS24  NE6  CC1 
Dhoby Ghaut
டோபி காட்
Dhoby Ghaut
Rapid transit
Dhoby Ghaut CCL.jpg
Circle Line platform of Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
Location 11 Orchard Road
60 Orchard Road
13 Orchard Road
Singapore 238826 / 238889 / 238893
Coordinates 1°17′57″N 103°50′45″E / 1.299156°N 103.845736°E / 1.299156; 103.845736
Operated by SMRT Trains (SMRT Corporation) (North South & Circle Lines)
SBS Transit (ComfortDelGro) (North East Line)
Platforms Island
Tracks 6
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure type Underground
Depth 28 metres
Platform levels 5
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code  NS24  NE6  CC1 
Fare zone 1
Opened 12 December 1987 (North South Line)
20 June 2003 (North East Line)
17 April 2010 (Circle Line)
Previous names The Istana
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Jurong East
North South Line
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
towards Punggol
Terminus Circle Line
towards HarbourFront
The North South Line North-bound platform of Dhoby Ghaut Station
Dhoby Xchange
Busy North East Line platforms of the station

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24/NE6/CC1) is a Mass Rapid Transit station in the Museum planning area, Singapore, located at the eastern end of Orchard Road. Originally a station on the North South Line, it became an interchange station after the opening of the North East Line on 20 June 2003. On 17 April 2010, it became the only station to be an interchange between three lines when the Circle Line wing of the station was opened to public. It is the largest MRT station in Singapore and is equipped with travellators due to its size. The North South Line section of the station was upgraded in 2002 in the first phase of the station upgrading programme, which was completed in 2006.

It is the third deepest MRT station (after Bras Basah then Promenade) in Singapore, with the deepest point at 28 metres below ground level. The section of track between this station and Somerset is the shortest between any two stations on the North South Line; it takes 1 minute for a train to travel between these two stations.


Main article: Dhoby Ghaut

Dhoby Ghaut (pronounced Dhobi Ghat) literally means "washerman's place" in Hindi.


Before the station was built, it was tentatively named Istana, after the Istana in the vicinity. Its current name, Dhoby Ghaut, was selected in order to reflect the area's heritage as a traditional Indian laundromat.

Before the construction of the North East Line, the Circle Line and The Atrium at Orchard, an underpass opened on 8 December 1990 and helped ease congestion at the traffic lights across Orchard Road.

Dhoby Ghaut was one of four stations which participated in Exercise Northstar V, a mock terrorist exercise held on January 8, 2006. In addition, damage to the third rail between Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall on December 15, 2011 caused the emergency evacuation and 3 injuries.

Public art[edit]

The artwork Interchange by Milenko and Delia Prvacki can be found on the walls of the linkway between the North South Line and North East Line. Singaporean artist Baet Yoke Kuan created a three-dimensional relief work on the large columns that support the Circle Line sector of the station, inspired by the concept 'man and the environment'.

Station layout[edit]

L1 Street Level Plaza Singapura
B1 Dhoby Xchange, Stamford Canal
B2 NSL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
Transfer Linkway Linkbridges from North South Line concourse to Circle Line concourse and transfer hall
NEL Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B3 Platform A North South Line towards  NS1  EW24  Jurong East via  NS23  Somerset (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North South Line towards  NS28  Marina South Pier via  NS25  EW13  City Hall (←)
Transfer Hall Escalators and lift access to North East Line concourse and platforms, transfer linkway to North South Line, and Circle Line platforms
CCL Concourse Station Control, Transitlink Counter
B4 Platform A Circle Line towards  CC29  NE1  HarbourFront via  CC2  Bras Basah (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform B Circle Line Alighting only (←)
B5 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront via  NE5  Clarke Quay (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  PTC   Punggol via  NE7  Little India (←)


Transport connections[edit]


Destination First train Last train
Mon – Fri Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
North South Line
to NS1 Jurong East 6.07am 6.07am 6.32am 11.57pm
to NS28 Marina South Pier 5.52am 5.52am 6.25am 11.54pm
to NS27 Marina Bay 11.54pm
to NS7 Kranji 12.13am
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.06am 6.05am 6.26am 11.51pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.07am 6.09am 6.29am 12.04am
Circle Line
to CC29 HarbourFront 5.37am 5.37am 6.05am 10.48pm
to CC26 Pasir Panjang 11.18pm
to CC23 one-north 11.34pm
to CC17 Caldecott 12.02am
to CC11 Tai Seng 12.10am

Popular culture[edit]

The station is also one of the 4 MRT stations to appear in the original Singapore edition of the board game Monopoly.


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