Chinatown MRT Station

Chinatown MRT Station
MRT Singapore Destination 12.png
 NE4  DT19 
Chinatown MRT Station
Stesen MRT Chinatown
rapid transit
Chinatown MRT Station.jpg
North East Line platform of Chinatown station, with chinese calligraphy on the floor as are part of the Art in Transit Scheme
Station statistics
Address 151 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059443
Coordinates 1°17′05″N 103°50′38″E / 1.28485°N 103.844006°E / 1.28485; 103.844006
  Downtown Line
(under construction)
Connections Bus, Taxi
Structure Underground
Levels 3 (1 U/C)
Platforms Island (North East Line)
Side (Downtown Line)
Tracks 4 (2 U/C)
Other information
Opened 20 June 2003 (North East Line)
Opening 2013 (Downtown Line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code NE4 / DT19
Preceding station   Mass Rapid Transit   Following station
towards HarbourFront
North East Line
towards Punggol
towards Bukit Panjang
Downtown Line
(under construction)
Stage 1
Fort Canning
towards Expo

Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) is a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the North East Line and upcoming Downtown Line in Singapore. On the North East Line, it lies between the Outram Park and Clarke Quay MRT stations and between Telok Ayer and River Valley on the Downtown Line. It is directly below and serves the district of Chinatown. The construction of the station was considered an engineering achievement, due to the busy traffic on the roads above and a number of nearby historical buildings that had to be preserved during the construction.



Located in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, there are many cultural buildings surrounding it. There are also Chinese calligraphy paintings in the station, titled The Phoenix’s-Eye Domain, the significance of Chinatown and is painted by renowned Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian.


Provisions were made during the initial construction of this station for connection with future lines, which will serve developments in the New Downtown area, especially the integrated resort. The station will be an interchange with Stage 1 of the future Downtown Line, with the connecting station and tracks built under and perpendicular to the current station, beneath Cross Street.[1] A new entrance and exit structure will be built near Hong Lim Complex as part of the Downtown Line station addition. Construction for the Downtown Line station commenced on 12 February 2008. Like Dover, Braddell and Bishan MRT Stations, the Downtown Line station will have side platforms.

Before the station opened, the Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted the second ever Shelter Open House on 15–16 February 2003, together with Farrer Park, Serangoon and Hougang stations.


This station is said to be the most challenging station to build on the North-East line, due to the large number of buildings above ground, most with reinforced concrete or timber piles and all in marine clay.[2] Another feat was that they had to preserve Garden Bridge, a large overhead bridge on bore piles, while building the station below. The tidal Eu Tong Sen canal was also diverted into four two-meter diameter steel pipes slung under the temporary traffic decks (two on each side). Rigorous safety precautions ensured there were no fatal accidents during the construction.

Station layout

The main entrance and exit of the station is situated in the middle of Pagoda Street within the heart of Chinatown, which is now closed to all automobiles but remains open to pedestrians and manual vehicles such as trishaws. One could note that the modern architecture of the station entrance could provide an uneasy contrast to the Victorian era shophouses surrounding it, although some may like the cultural fusion.

L1 Street Level
B1 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Passenger Service Centre
B2 Platform A North East Line towards  NE1  CC29  HarbourFront (→)
Island platform, Doors will open on the right
Platform B North East Line towards  NE17  Punggol (←)


Chinatown station acts as an interchange between MRT rail and a multitude of bus routes.

Train service

Destination First Train Last Train
Mon - Sat Sunday &
Public Holiday
North East Line
to NE1 HarbourFront 6.09am 6.29am 11.54pm
to NE17 Punggol 6.05am 6.25am 12.00am
Downtown Line
to DT14 Bugis - - -

Bus services

The following bus services serve the bus stop outside New Bridge Centre (near Exit A) along New Bridge Road:

Bus Stop Code: 05049 (Chinatown Point)
Service Destination Note
SBS Transit Trunk Services
2 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Accessibility-directory.svg
12 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Accessibility-directory.svg
33 Kent Ridge Bus Terminal
54 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal Accessibility-directory.svg
143 Jurong East Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
147 Clementi Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
SBS Transit Chinatown Direct Services
CT8 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT18 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
CT28 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal
SMRT Buses Trunk Service
190 New Bridge Road Bus Terminal

The following bus services serve the bus stop outside People's Park Complex (Exit C) along Eu Tong Sen Street:

Bus Stop Code: 05022 (People's Park Centre)
Service Destination Note
SBS Transit Trunk Services
54 Bishan Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
124 Saint Michael's Bus Terminal
145 Toa Payoh Bus Interchange
147 Hougang Central Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg
166 Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
SMRT Buses Trunk Services
190 Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange
851 Yishun Bus Interchange Accessibility-directory.svg



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