Tanjong Pagar MRT station

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Tanjong Pagar
தஞ்சோங் பகார்
Tanjong Pagar
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station
EW15 Tanjong Pagar MRT Platforms 20211118 141533.jpg
Platform level of Tanjong Pagar MRT station
General information
Location120 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069119
Coordinates1°16′35.18″N 103°50′44.56″E / 1.2764389°N 103.8457111°E / 1.2764389; 103.8457111Coordinates: 1°16′35.18″N 103°50′44.56″E / 1.2764389°N 103.8457111°E / 1.2764389; 103.8457111
Operated bySMRT Trains Ltd (SMRT Corporation)
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Connections DT18  Telok Ayer
 TE18  Maxwell
Shenton Way Bus Terminal, Taxi
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
ParkingYes (AXA Tower, International Plaza, Guoco Tower, Capital Tower)
Disabled accessYes
Opened12 December 1987; 35 years ago (1987-12-12)
Previous namesMaxwell[1]
Preceding station Mass Rapid Transit Following station
Raffles Place
towards Pasir Ris
East–West Line Outram Park
towards Tuas Link
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Singapore MRT/LRT system map
Tanjong Pagar
Tanjong Pagar station in Singapore

Tanjong Pagar MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the East West line located at Maxwell Road between the junctions of Peck Seah Street and Cecil Street in Downtown Core, Singapore. The station was built in the 1980s, and was opened in December 1987. Taking its name from Tanjong Pagar Road, which is located near the station, it is located near Tanjong Pagar Complex, the AXA Tower and International Plaza.


In November 1982, a 12,211.9 square metres (131,448 sq ft) plot of land between Wallich Street and Chong Guan Street was gazetted for acquisition by the government for the construction of the station, which was then named Maxwell.[2] In December 1983, Contract 108 for the construction of Maxwell station, along with the tunnels between it and Raffles Place station, was awarded to Taisei-Shimzu-Marubeni, a Japanese consortium, for $63.4 million.[3] The station site was shifted 15 metres closer to Wallich Street in 1984 to eliminate a sharp bend on the line.[4]

During construction of the tunnels under Robinson Road between this station and Raffles Place, grouting was utilised to minimise the impact of tunnel construction on nearby buildings' structural stability, by increasing the stability of the ground around the bored tunnels.[5] In November 1986, in a bid by the MRTC to give the system a local touch, the station's name was changed from Maxwell to Tanjong Pagar.[1] The station opened on 12 December 1987, as part of the extension of the system to Outram Park.[6]

Upgrades to the station to facilitate disabled access were completed by June 2006,[7] and a retail area linked to the station, named Tanjong Pagar Xchange, was opened by the end of 2008.[8] In 2013, the station was fitted with flood barriers, being one of the first six stations in the system to receive such barriers.[9]

Station details[edit]


The station takes its name from Tanjong Pagar Road, which in Malay means "cape of stakes", a name that reflects its origins as a fishing village situated on a former promontory.

Location and services[edit]

The station is located under Tanjong Pagar Park, adjacent to Choon Guan Street,[10] and is near Tanjong Pagar Complex, URA Centre, Maxwell Chambers, the AXA Tower, International Plaza and Robinson 77.[11] It serves the East West Line between Raffles Place and Outram Park and has the station code EW15.[12]

Public art[edit]

"Tradewind" by Anthony Poon, a 560 kg stainless steel artwork, is suspended from the station's ceiling. The installation consists of triangular plates, meant to portray ship sails, with red lines, which the artist views as a reflection of Singapore's "bustling international trade". The triangular plates are arranged so that they seem to form a diamond, which looks similar to boxes of cargo being hoisted. In addition, Tanjong Pagar station also features two wall murals by Aw Tee Hong and Iskandar Jalil.[13]


  1. ^ a b Dhaliwal, Rav (28 November 1986). "Three MRT stations to be renamed". The Straits Times. Singapore. p. 15. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  2. ^ Wang, Look Keah (2 November 1982). "Acquisition of land for MRT's Maxwell station". Business Times. Singapore. p. 1. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  3. ^ "S'pore-Belgium group awarded $32.9 million MRT contract". Singapore Monitor. Singapore. 15 December 1983. p. 1. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  4. ^ "Cutting corners to cut wear and tear". The Straits Times. Singapore. 24 April 1984. p. 9. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  5. ^ "MRT work to start at Robinson Road". The Straits Times. Singapore. 27 May 1984. p. 9. Retrieved 26 February 2021 – via NewspaperSG.
  6. ^ Soon Neo, Lim; Cua, Genevieve (11 December 1987). "A new era in commuting and shopping". Business Times. Singapore. p. 11. Retrieved 24 February 2018 – via NewspaperSG.
  7. ^ "38 MRT stations to get facilities for disabled, elderly by March". The Straits Times. Singapore. 1 September 2004. p. H8.
  8. ^ "Next stop:Makan!". Today. Singapore. 1 March 2008. p. 28. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.
  9. ^ Sim, Royston (7 October 2013). "First MRT stations equipped with flood barriers". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  10. ^ "SMRT Journeys". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  11. ^ "SMRT Journeys". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  12. ^ "MRT Network Map". journey.smrt.com.sg. SMRT Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  13. ^ "On the ground and from the ceiling". The Straits Times. Singapore. 11 December 1987. p. 36. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via NewspaperSG.

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