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A Day Out: Here’s Why You MUST Visit Singapore’s Civic District Even If You Don’t Have Specific Plans

The Civic District – also known as the Civic and Cultural District or Civic and Cultural District by the Bay – is where modern SG as you know it began.

Envisioned as a Master Plan by the founder of of modern-day Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, in 1822, it was an urban planning area marked out for the use of developing SG into a trading post. The area now extends along Connaught Drive and Stamford Road, toward the Asian Civilisations Museum on the fringe of the Central Business District (CBD) and along St. Andrews Road towards the Bras Basah district.

Peppering the Downtown Core of Singapore’s central area, are many of SG’s most iconic buildings and places of historical and cultural significance, such as the Raffles Hotel and the Esplanade Park, where you can find landmarks dedicated to SG’s war heroes. So, yes, there’s lots to see, do and pin on your Google Map. Don’t worry — the City Hall MRT station is located in the heart of this place so getting to them is convenient.

Aside from the usual shopping and dining (check out Raffles City Shopping Centre and CHIJMES for options), culture and arts are the main areas of interest. Several museums are found within the district, as is The Padang, which is Malay for “field”. It’s a traditional venue for SG’s National Day Parades since 1966. Here, are 12 of the must-know, must-visits in the Civic District.

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By Chris Ong, June 2018 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020 

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