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Downtown Core of Singapore




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.

There are also sub-divisions within the Downtown Core such as Raffles Place, Civic District, Financial District and Dhoby Ghaut, although there are overlaps with other urban planning areas.

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 Downtown Core

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
photo sourcehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_from_UOB_Plaza_1,_Singapore_-_20091211.jpg
authorshipWilliam Cho
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