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Tanjong Pagar in Malay means "cape of stakes", a name which reflects its origins as a fishing village situated on a former promontory. It has been surmised that the name was inspired by the presence of kelongs (offshore palisade fishing traps constructed using wooden stakes and cross pieces) set up along the stretch of coast from the village of Tanjong Malang to what is now Tanjong Pagar. It is possibly a corruption of the earlier name Tanjong Passar, a road which led from South Bridge Road to the fishing village and which appeared in George Drumgoole Coleman's 1836 Map of the Town.
A far more picturesque account of the naming of this part of the coast emerges from the realm of local legend. According to the Malay Annals, there was a time when the villages along the coast of Singapore suffered from vicious attacks from shoals of swordfish. On the advice of a particularly astute boy named Hang Nadim, the Sri Maharajah built a barricade of banana stems along the coast, which successfully trapped the attacking fish by their snouts as they leapt from the waters.
The original name for Tanjong Pagar is also said to be Salinter, a fishing village. When the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company (1864) was formed due to the growth of shipping activities in the 1850s, wharves were built. Tanjong is "cape", and Pagar means "fence" or enclosed space, i.e. wharf where ships are moored. Tanjong Pagar probably refers to the location of PSA Gate 3 near Victoria Dock. Around Tanjong Pagar were mangrove swamps which were filled in with earth from Mount Palmer and other nearby small hills for extension of the wharves up to Telok Blangah. Tanjong Pagar Road is known as tan jiong pa kat in Hokkien (Min Nan), which is phonetic.
For many years, Tanjong Pagar, located between the docks and the town, was an enclave for the thousands of Chinese and Indian dock workers who had migrated to Singapore from the mid-19th century. With all the traffic between the docks and the town, Tanjong Pagar was also lucrative ground for rickshaw pullers awaiting clients. So prevalent was their presence that in 1904, the government established a Jinricksha Station at the junction of Tanjong Pagar Road and Neil Road. From the time the docks began operations in 1864, land values in Tanjong Pagar rose, attracting wealthy Chinese and Arab traders to buy real estate there.
The proliferation of impoverished workers led to overcrowding, pollution and social problems such as opium smoking and prostitution. Tanjong Pagar generally deteriorated into an inner-city ghetto. By World War II, Tanjong Pagar was a predominantly working-class Hokkien area with an Indian minority. In the mid-1980s, Tanjong Pagar became the first area in Singapore to be gazetted under the government's conservation plan. When the conservation project was completed, many of the area's shophouses were restored to their original appearance. But although a few traces of the old Tanjong Pagar remain an old swimming pool, the odd street cobbler the face of Tanjong Pagar has changed. Today, Tanjong Pagar has become a fashionable district, filled with thriving businesses, cafés, bars and restaurants.
Single journeys on the Singapore MRT are available for around SGD 1-2, although the most economical option is to purchase an EZ-link card (SGD 12, with SGD 7 of balance and SGD 5 being a refundable deposit). The cost for your MRT trip will range from 60 cents to SGD 1.50, depending on how far you want to travel. You can top-up up to SGD 100 and take multiple trips via MRT and public bus until the value runs out. Tanjong Pagar MRT station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the East West Line in Downtown Core, Singapore. This station primarily serves the business district along Robinson Road and Shenton Way. It sits at the Tanjong Pagar area, alongside the Anson Road, Robinson Road and Cecil Street area.
Straightforward hawker market with a variety of Asian cooked food stalls, along with ample seating.
Chinatown is one of Singapore's most colourful quarters. Shopping aficionados will have a lot of fun here, mainly on Trengganu Street lined with traditional shophouses. In-between boutiques you can get your strength back at one of the local restaurants or food stalls.
The vast Asian Civilisations Museum is the only museum to feature the four major cultures that have shaped Singapore. The striking pieces on display come from India, Southeast Asia and China. Muslim culture is also magnificently celebrated here.
10 % of the primary forest that once covered a large part of the island of Singapore has been saved through the creation of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. You can explore this unique ecosystem on the trails and bridges in MacRitchie Reservoir Park and Butik Timah Nature Reserve.
North of the main island of Singapore lies the tiny island of Pulau Ubin, far from the modern urban world. Water comes from a well here, and generators supply electricity. Take a ride on a mountain bike to explore its pastoral charm and traditional villages.
Eighteen By Three Cabins is located in area/city Tanjong Pagar. There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Al-Abrar Mosque within 0.07 km, and Thian Hock Keng Temple within 0.12 km. Eighteen By Three Cabins is highly recommended for backpackers who want to get an affordable stay yet comfortable at the same time. For you, travellers who wish to travel comfortably on a budget, Eighteen By Three Cabins is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.
M Hotel Singapore is located in area/city Tanjong Pagar. There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Tanjong Pagar MRT Station within 0.33 km, and Singapore City Gallery within 0.65 km. Whether you are planning an event or other special occasions, M Hotel Singapore is a great choice for you with a large and well-equipped function room to suit your requirements. From business event to corporate gathering, M Hotel Singapore provides complete services and facilities that you and your colleagues need. Have fun with various entertaining facilities for you and the whole family at M Hotel Singapore, wonderful accommodation for your family holiday. If you plan to have a long-term stay, staying at the M Hotel Singapore is the right choice for you. Providing a wide range of facilities and great service quality, this accommodation certainly makes you feel at home. Be ready to get an unforgettable stay experience with its exclusive service, completed by a full range of facilities to cater all your needs.
Klapstar Boutique Hotel is located in area/city Tanjong Pagar. There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Tanjong Pagar MRT Station within 0.49 km, and Singapore City Gallery within 0.69 km. This hotel is the perfect choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway or a honeymoon retreat. Enjoy the most memorable nights with your loved one by staying at Klapstar Boutique Hotel. When staying at a hotel, the design and architecture are two important factors that can spoil your eyes. With its unique setting, Klapstar Boutique Hotel provides pleasant accommodation for your stay.
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore is located in area/city Tanjong Pagar. There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Tanjong Pagar MRT Station within 0.16 km, and Singapore City Gallery within 0.42 km. The hotel’s fitness centre is a must-try during your stay here. Have an enjoyable and relaxing day at the pool, whether you’re travelling solo or with your loved ones. The 24-hour front desk is available to serve you, from check-in to check-out, or any assistance you need. Should you desire more, do not hesitate to ask the front desk, we are always ready to accommodate you. Savour your favourite dishes with special cuisines from Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore exclusively for you. Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore is a hotel with great comfort and excellent service according to most hotel's guests. Enjoy luxurious treats and incomparable experience by staying at Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore.
SO Sofitel Singapore is a hotel in a good neighbourhood, which is located at Tanjong Pagar. Not only well positioned but SO Sofitel Singapore is also one of the hotels near the following Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre within 0.12 km and Thian Hock Keng Temple within 0.22 km. The highest quality service accompanying its extensive facilities will make you get the ultimate holiday experience. The hotel’s fitness centre is a must-try during your stay here.