Jalan Besar

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

By MRT

- Alight at Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8) and take Exit A

Estimated walking distance: 100 m

Operating Hours: All day

Recommended Duration: 2 hours

Fees: Free

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