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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 (including the Singapore National Day Parade), 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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