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Bencoolen is a street in Central Singapore that starts at the junction of Rochor Road and ends at the junction of Fort Canning Road, Stamford Road and Orchard Road. The street was named in remembrance of Sir Stamford Raffles’s position as Lieutenant Governor in Bencoolen (now known as Bengkulu), Sumatra. It is an area rich with its historical elements that one should not be missing out when staying here.
Bencoolen is accessible by Bencoolen MRT station situated just down the road. Another option is to drop down at Orchard Road and stroll through the street on your way up to Bencoolen Road.
Buses are the most common public transportation in Singapore, provided by two operators; SBS Transit and SMRT. To get to Bencoolen Road, you can hail a bus at main bus transit stations and get down at several stations surrounding the area of Bencoolen. You can drop down either at Rochor Road, Little India or Orchard Road. Bus fares range from 67 cents to SGD 1.58.
Taxi is not the main mean of public transportation as they are metered and can be slightly more expensive than the prior two options. However, it is best used to get to your destination easily without having to walk or figure out which route to take. Nonetheless, customers are guaranteed a fixed fare as all taxis are metered.
The Bencoolen Muslims built the original attap of the Bencoolen Mosque between 1825 and 1828. The mosque was then replaced in 1845 by the permanent version you see today, and it was built by an Arab merchant who settled in the area at the time named Syed Omar Aljunied. The original building of the mosque built back then still stands till this day and gives visitors a historical ambience of the past.
The Bencoolen Street Bridge was built and completed in 1885, and it connected Rochor Canal and joined Bencoolen Street with Jalan Besar. The bridge was designed by James MacRitchie, a municipal engineer who also supervised its construction. The bridge was said to be the very first in Singapore to have iron cylinder foundations. The cost of building the bridge was paid fully by Syed Ali, the son of Syed Omar Aljunied.
Located in Stamford Road, just down Bencoolen Street, is the National Museum of Singapore. It is a cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore as the museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year-round with visually interesting art as well as amazing cultural performances and film screenings.
Located in Bugis Street, Bencoolen, this hotel is accessible by two MRT stations; Bencoolen and Orchard Road. It is also accessible from Changi Airport by taking the downtown MRT route. It is a choice of accommodation if you would like a rather luxurious and comfortable stay. The hotel also offers a swimming pool, parking lots as well as other useful amenities.
Situated near the Bugis Junction, this hotel is one you should consider when staying in Bencoolen as the hotel is near to several eateries as well as accessible by MRT trains. Complete with its restaurant, swimming pool as well as a guarded parking lot, you will feel the luxury and comfort when staying here.
Right opposite the Bencoolen MRT station is the 30 Bencoolen Hotel in which its previous name was Bayview Hotel. The Bencoolen Mosque is only a hundred meters walk away, and the hotel is easy to access to several tourists attractions as well as eateries.