Timothy Tye
Downtown Core of Singapore

Downtown Core, SingaporeSkyscrapers of the Downtown Core, Singapore (27 July, 2017)

The Downtown Core (GPS: 1.28669, 103.8535) is one of the 55 urban planning areas in Singapore. It is located within the Central Area, a sub-region of the Central Region. The Downtown Core encompasses the Central Business District of Singapore, covering an area of 266 hectares.

The planning area of Downtown Core is divided into 12 neighbourhoods called subzones. They are Anson, Bayfront, Bugis, Cecil, Central, City Hall, Clifford Pier, Marina Centre, Maxwell, Phillip, Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar.

Much of the Downtown Core was built on reclaimed land. Land reclamation in the area began as early as the 19th century, when the coastline was extended out from Telok Ayer Street. As a result, the sea-facing Thian Hock Keng Temple was no longer facing the sea. Successive land reclamation created the Financial District within Shenton Way and Robinson Road as the main arteries.

Newer areas within the Downtown Core include Downtown Central and Bayfront. These reclaimed lands are being set apart to become full-fledged urban planning areas over time.

To fuel further economic growth in the post-independent decades, the coastline was extended out from Queen Elizabeth Walk, creating the man-made Marina Bay, which is surrounded by the reclaimed urban planning areas of Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. These are presently undergoing rapid urban development.

Map of the subzones of the Downtown Core

Subzones of Downtown Core

Map of the Downtown Core

Sights in Downtown Core

  1. Telok Ayer Market (GPS: 1.28049, 103.85048)

MRT Stations in the Downtown Core

The MRT stations serving the Downtown Core are the City Hall MRT Station, Esplanade MRT Station and Raffles Place MRT Station.

Singapore Downtown Core, as seen from the Tian Fu Teahouse, on the 60th floor of UOB Plaza 1, looking towards Marina Bay
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authorshipWilliam Cho
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