Labrador Park MRT station

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 CC27 
Labrador Park
拉柏多公园
லாப்ரடார் பூங்கா
Labrador Park
Rapid transit
CC27 Labrador Park Platform A.jpg
Platform level of Labrador Park MRT station with the artwork in the background.
Location701 Telok Blangah Road
Singapore 109029
Coordinates1°16′20″N 103°48′10″E / 1.272267°N 103.802908°E / 1.272267; 103.802908Coordinates: 1°16′20″N 103°48′10″E / 1.272267°N 103.802908°E / 1.272267; 103.802908
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)
Line(s)
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus, Taxi
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
ParkingYes (PSA Building)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code CC27 
History
Opened8 October 2011; 8 years ago (2011-10-08)
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesAlexandra
Services
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards Dhoby Ghaut
Circle line
towards HarbourFront
Location

Labrador Park MRT station (CC27) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Circle line, located within Bukit Merah planning area, Singapore.

Built underneath Telok Blangah Road near the junctions of Alexandra Road and Labrador Villa Road, this station was named after the nearby Labrador Nature Reserve. It is the nearest MRT station to the PSA Building and Gillman Barracks, the latter of which is now home to numerous art galleries.

History[edit]

It was originally named Alexandra MRT station, however to avoid confusion with the railway station in the north, it was renamed to Labrador Park in 2004.

Etymology[edit]

Concourse level of the station.
Exit A of the station.

This station is named after Labrador Park, a historical site which held former fortifications and naval guns built by the British forces in Singapore before World War II. Another name is also Tanjong Berlayer. It is the name given to the craggy granite outcrop that formerly stood in the gateway of Keppel Harbour in Singapore. The rocky outcrop served as navigational aids to ancient mariners sailing through the swift waters of the narrow channel between them, but was subsequently destroyed by the British in 1848 to widen the channel for larger vessels to sail through. In 2005, a symbolic replica was erected by the Singapore government near its original site to mark the role in the history. It was also called Batu Berlayar in Malay, Dragon's Teeth Gate in English and Long Ya Men in Chinese.

Art in Transit[edit]

The artwork featured in this station under the Art in Transit programme is Without Which/Would Have Been/Impossible by Heman Chong. The art piece, located on the side of the lift shaft in the station, consists of the title of the piece and several coloured circles of different sizes arranged in a regular fashion. According to the artist, the motif came from a "microscopic view of a single rock" found at Labrador Park, highlighting the park's distinctive identity as the last surviving rocky sea cliff in Singapore.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Mayo. "Circle Line Art! The final destination(s)! A sneak peek!". For Art's Sake!. TODAYonline Blogs. Archived from the original on 27 December 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.

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