History & Origins
Tanjong Pagar is a historic district located within the Central Business District of Singapore. It's name in Malay means 'cape of stakes', reflecting its origins as a fishing village on a former promontory. The original name for Tanjong Pagar is also said to be Salinter, a fishing village.
There are just 7 areas within the district of Tanjong Pagar which contain public housing. These estates are located at Cantonment Road, Cantonment Close, Everton Park, Smith Street, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Sago Lane & Spottiswoode Park Road, which houses 27,700 HDB residents in 12,316 flats. Private property on the other hand, is in great abundance in this area. These include Sky Everton, V On Shenton, Eon Shenton, The Clift, Lumiere, Spottiswoode Residences, Onze, 76 Shenton, ICON & Wallich Residences. Probably one of Singapore's more iconic housing developments, is the Pinnacle@Duxton. Located at the site where the first two HDB blocks in that area were built, it is the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, housing 1,848 apartments in 7 towering blocks.
Transportation & Connectivity
The district of Tanjong Pagar is served by 3 MRT Stations - Outram Park (EW16/NE3), Telok Ayer (DT18) and Tanjong Pagar (EW15), and 2 future stations - Maxwell (TE18) and Shenton Way (TE19). The area is also extremely well connected, with over 50 bus connections from Tanjong Pagar MRT station alone.
Unlike other heartland neighborhoods, Tanjong Pagar has only one Primary School, Cantonment Primary School, which is located at the junction of Cantonment Close and Cantonment Road.
There are 4 major malls serving the residents (& workers) of Tanjong Pagar. These are Tanjong Pagar Plaza, International Plaza, 100 AM & Icon Village. Residents may also choose to take a leisurely stroll to shop at Chinatown.
Tras Link Park provides a welcome green space for a pleasant stroll or outdoor picnic
Image source: https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Planning/Draft-Master-Plan-19/Regional-Highlights/Central-Area/Downtown
Recreation & Amenities
Unbeknownst to most Singaporeans, there are actually 4 parks in Tanjong Pagar - Duxton Plain Park (between the shophouses of Bukit Pasoh & Keong Saik), Tanjong Pagar Park (just outside Tanjong Pagar MRT), Tras Link Park (1 street down from 100 AM) & Vanda Miss Joaquim Park (at the Southern edge of The Pinnacle). Aside from these 4 parks, the area also boasts numerous retail & dining options right in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD).
URA Master Plan
The Urban Redevelopment Authority is rolling out plans to convert the CBD from a largely commercial downtown today, into a mixed-use downtown in the future. This includes the initiative to offer an increase in gross plot ratio for areas within Singapore's central business district (CBD) which will encourage the conversion of existing office developments to hotel and residential uses. The change is expected to make the CBD an attractive place to work and a vibrant place to live. This, and the ever improving connectivity options of Tanjong Pagar, is set to help Singapore anchor its position as a dynamic 24/7 financial hub.
Did You know?
- Tanjong Pagar used to be the hub for agricultural activities in the 1st half of the 19th century
- There are plans to transform the area around Tanjong Pagar into a space three times the size of Marina Bay under the Greater Southern Waterfront project after 2030
- Rediscover Singapore by visiting at least one of the 12 Korean BBQ restaurants situated along Tanjong Pagar Road.