(8 July, 2006)
(GPS: 1.29031, 103.85279) is an open field in downtown Singapore
. It is bordered by St Andrew's Road
, Stamford Road
and Connaught Drive
. The name "padang" means open field in Malay, but its significance to the country's history goes beyond the name. It was at the Padang that the first National Day Parade was held back in 1966.
The Padang was formerly known as the Padang Cricket Ground. It is bordered by Connaught Drive on one side, and Saint Andrew's Road on the other. At the Stamford Road end of the Padang is the Singapore Recreation Club, while on the other end is the Singapore Cricket Club. Indeed the Padang was formerly known as the Padang Cricket Ground.
Surrounding the Padang are some of Singapore's most significant landmarks, including the St Andrew's Cathedral
, City Hall
, and the Old Supreme Court Building
. The latter two now house the National Gallery Singapore.
The Padang continues to play a role as the venue for significant events, including the staging of the recent National Day Parades.
Taking public transport to the Padang
The Padang is 350 meters from the City Hall MRT Station
View of the Padang with the Singapore skyline in the background.
(8 July, 2006)
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