Singapore City Gallery

  • Central area model
  • Singapore city planning
  • Singapore from present to future
  • Chinese heritage houses
  • The amazing island wide model
  • Singapore futuristic city planning
  • Singapore from present to future
  • The amazing island wide model
  • URA gallery
  • Dream of a free future
  • Entrance of URA
  • Central area model at Singapore city gallery
  • The amazing island wide model
  • Singapore futuristic city planning
  • Stadium at Central area model
  • The amazing island wide model
URA gallery

URA gallery

My unplanned visit to Singapore City Gallery happened by chance, mainly due to the heavy rain that started at 4pm and did not allow me to further explore Chinatown. And boy, was I glad to visit this beautifully enriching place.

Singapore from present to future

Singapore from present to future

Opened in 1999, the Singapore City Gallery is a hidden gem that tells the story of a city in continuous physical transformation. The gallery documents the city nation’s planning challenges and efforts that have transformed Singapore from a backwater village to a first-world metropolis in just 50 years, as well as showcasing Singapore from present to future planning through over ten thematic areas, audiovisual and interactive exhibits spanning three floors! One of the best urban planning museums I have ever visited.

Singapore accommodates 6 millions people in a quite small place and has a fantastic and original history to how it has achieved to become the remarkable city with its featured skyscrapers and other iconic emerging structures.

Central area model

Central area model

It is amazing that you can see the whole city on one look without traveling at all! The scale models are painstakingly accurate and the interactive displays give a good account of the history of the town. One of the best model is located at the first floor and it is called Central Area, which is also one of the oldest exhibits in the gallery. This is one of the world’s largest architectural models, it shows intricate details of all buildings and comes alive with an hourly three-minute light and sound show. The model also gives a bird’s eye view of the city centre, showing all current buildings and those planned for construction, including the massive development of the Marina South project. Click here for an online virtual tour to explore the Central Area Model up-close: http://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/citygallery/About/architectural-models/central-area-model.aspx

The amazing island wide model

The amazing island wide model

On the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) building ground floor you can find the Islandwide model, which as its name implies represent almost the whole of Singapore, showcasing almost every building on the island.

The gallery has various interactive and experiential exhibits that give visitors a wealth of innovatively presented information, like a panoramic show that depicts daily life on the island, information about land reclamation and about conservation efforts, as well as a taste of city planning and insights into the country’s conservation efforts and heritage gems.

Whether you have an interest in architecture and urban design, or you just have a couple of hours to spare, you will not regret a visit to Singapore City Gallery. It is for free, it is air condition, and there is a restaurant and coffee shop on the gorund floor if you get hungry all of a sudden. Take my word for it, and join the over 200,000 visitors a year.You won’t regret it.

Entrance of URA

Entrance of URA

Singapore City Gallery

Free Admission

Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Location: Inside the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) centre, very near to Maxwell Market and close enough to Chinatown.

Getting there:

Bus Stop A – 61, 166, 197

Bus Stop B – 80, 145

Bus Stop C – 57, 131, 167, 186, 700, 970, 970E

Train: Stations Tanjong Pagar (EW15) or Chinatown (NE4/DT19)

Bicycle: 10 bicycle parking lots are available at the URA Centre

Address: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118

Tel: (65) 63218321

Email: ura_gallery@ura.gov.sg

Website: http://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/citygallery/

 

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more then fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on www.asianitinerary.com

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