Loves: Exploring the 1920s shophouses along Petain Road – fusion of eastern motifs with European architecture style.
Our Advice: Explore this area before or after exploring nearby Little India. City Square Mall is a good pit stop for an air-conditioned break.
Developed from a small track through a plantation to a major road serving the residents, Jalan Besar literally means “wide or big road” in Malay.
This conservation area used to house Singapore’s first amusement park – New World Park. The park was filled with exciting cabarets, opera halls, open-air cinemas and more (not roller coasters and the likes), but unfortunately closed down in 1987. Singapore’s first eco-mall, City Square Mall, and its neighbouring developments stand in its place. You can however catch a glimpse of the reconstructed park gate which stands at the adjacent City Green park as a symbolic reminder.
You will find many colourful shophouses lining the streets, giving this area a subtle old-world charm.
Address: Jalan Besar
District: Kallang, Central
- Alight at Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8) and take Exit A
Estimated walking distance: 100 m
Operating Hours: All day
Recommended Duration: 2 hours