Tanjong Pagar Railway Station: Old spaces, New faces

When we look at the resurgence and debate on the importance of conservation in Singapore, the closure of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in 2011 often comes to mind.

From its astounding architecture, stories of migrant journeys, to the famous M.Hasan chapatti, there was something about the station that resided in the memories of many Singaporeans, even before businesses from cafes to merchandising made nostalgia commercially popular.

The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is now almost completely bare of railway tracks, most of which has since been returned to Malaysia.

The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is now almost completely bare of railway tracks, most of which has since been returned to Malaysia.

Yet unlike many other significant conservation landmarks in Singapore, Tanjong Pagar Railway station has benefited from the creative use of this interim space that has yet to be earmarked for future redevelopment by the Singapore Land Authority.

From fashion shows, art exhibitions and most recently a pop-up Flea Market titled Your Happier Hour, events that once would not have been associated with the station have taken place without much compromise to the cultural and architectural integrity of the station.

Vendors and participants alike soak in the sun and fun at the Pop-up flea market held over the weekend

Vendors and participants alike soak in the sun and fun at the Pop-up flea market held over the weekend

Events such as Your Happier Hour Flea Market are great ways for people to learn more about the history of Singapore while having fun at the same time

Events such as Your Happier Hour Flea Market are great ways for people to learn more about the history of Singapore while having fun at the same time

One of the many vendors setting up their booth at the Your Happier Hour Flea Market.

One of the many vendors setting up their booth at the Your Happier Hour Flea Market.

Yes the events may have little relevance to the context of what the station used to represent, but such instances are great examples of how alternative usage can be used to promote a newfound understanding towards the importance of conservation.

Take a look at it this way, for all the selfies/groupfies taken by eager individuals, one would have to walk the former railway tracks or understand the linear layout of the columns if they wanted to feature something that was Instagram worthy.

A former transit point of the railway station has played home to fashion shows and dinner parties since operations ceased in 2011.

A former transit point of the railway station has played home to fashion shows and dinner parties since operations ceased in 2011.

Old spaces get a new lease of life and exposure.

Old spaces get a new lease of life and exposure.

Happy customers leaving the railway station

Happy customers leaving the railway station with new experiences, ten selfies and other knick-knacks all at once.

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