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Padang, Singapore Overview

The Padang is an open expanse field located within the Downtown Core of Central Area of Singapore. The Padang, which translates into 'Field' in Malay, has its own share of history. Today, owing to its central location and historical importance, the Padang is a popular venue for events, recreational activities and sports. On one side of it lies the Singapore Recreation Club and on the other lies the Singapore Cricket Club. Some of the games played here include football, rugby, hockey, line dancing, and cricket. 

Neighboured by important landmarks such as the Old Supreme Court Building, Andrew's Cathedral and the City Hall MRT Station, the Padang gained inspiration from the concept of a field called 'Maidan', which has Persian and Indian roots dating back to the 9th century. In the 1920's, the Padang was also used as a field to exercise horses. Later, it became the venue of sporting activities during New Year's. Some prominent events like the first National Day Parade, in 1966, Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015 and so on have been celebrated here. It had been decided since 1966 that the National Day Parade would be celebrated at the Padang for every five years.

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The Singapore Cricket Club was established in 1852 as a sport and social club in Asia. Being the second oldest club in Singapore, it lies at the border of Padang, surrounded by historical buildings such as the City Hall, Raffles Hotel and the Old Supreme Court. Cricket has been played on the Padang since 1837, but an official club of the Singapore cricket was only formed in 1852.

The Singapore Recreational Club was started on the 23rd of June, 1883 and established formally on the 1st of July 1883. First housed in a building on the Waterloo street, the Recreational Club aspires to be an innovative club, with a customer-focused culture and a lifestyle that incorporates recreation. It is situated at the Padang frontier.

In its initial years, the Padang was referred to as many names, such as The Plain, Cantonment Plain, Raffles Plain and so on. It started when Stamford Raffle had instructed William Farquhar to reserve the area within the Old lines and Singapore river for the public. However, when Raffles returned to Singapore in 1822, resident Farquhar had let merchants shift their residences into the area that was supposed to be reserved for the public and government offices. Raffles was enraged by this and put a stay on all the encroached buildings. He called for a meeting that would discuss how the city of Singapore should be planned and as a result of this meeting, a new site was designated to the town's public building. The area that was chosen was the Padang which we know today!

To get to the Padang, the nearest bus stop is the B02111, 3 minutes away from Padang. Buses 531, 652, 656, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 868, 951E, 971E, 75, 167 stop here. The nearest MRT Station is the City Hall MRT Station. Alight at Exit C and walk for about 4 minutes to get here.

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