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Timings : Saturday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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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 (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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History of Padang

In its initial years, the Padang was referred to by many names, such as The Plain, Cantonment Plain, and Raffles Plain. 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!

How To Reach Padang Singapore

Bus: The nearest bus stop to Padang is the B02111, 3 minutes away. Buses 531, 652, 656, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 868, 951E, 971E, 75, 167 stop here.

MRT: The nearest MRT Station is the City Hall MRT Station. Alight at Exit C and walk for about 4 minutes to reach Padang.

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