District 01 - Cecil, Marina, People's Park, Raffles Place
Consisting of Boat Quay, Chinatown, Cecil Street, Havelock Road, Marina Square, Raffles Place and Suntec City, District 01 in Singapore is a thriving business and entertainment hub suited to cater for people from all walks of life.
In Cecil, art and culture lovers can pay a visit to The Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC), a place where full-time and part-time performers of diverse cultural traditions and art disciplines showcase their talents. The Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) was the first property to be acquired under the National Arts Council's Arts Housing Scheme in 1985.
Marina Bay is an artificial bay located close to the Central Area in the southern part of Singapore, and lies to the east of the Downtown Core. The construction of Singapore’s first casino is underway, part of the much-anticipated Marina Sands Integrated Resort, a world-class resort making up of theatres, exhibition centres, museums and luxury shopping outlets. Marina Bay is set to be a leading business centre in the region, catering to the international crowd with its top-notch offerings.
Located close to Marina Bay, in the Downtown Core and Central Area is Raffles Place, named after the founder of Singapore. Here lie the famous landmarks and skyscrapers of Singapore, including UOB Plaza, OUB Centre, Republic Plaza, One Raffles Quay and OCBC Centre. Singapore’s monument, the Merlion and the durian shaped Art Centre Esplanade Theatre are just a stone’s throw away. The Singapore Exchange – the stock exchange of Singapore is also situated in Raffles Place. Key landmarks close to the area include the Parliament House, the old Supreme Court building and City Hall.
A towering 165-metre high ferris wheel at Raffles Place, the Singapore Flyer, overlooks the breathtaking, panoramic view of Singapore. It is said to be the world’s largest giant observation wheel.
People’s Park Complex, located within Singapore’s Chinatown, is a commercial and residential building on Eu Tong Sen Street in Outram. Bound by Upper Pickering Street, Cantonment Road, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road, Chinatown is a culturally-rich heritage area. Today, there are many shops selling tourist souvenirs, from Singapore t-shirts to intricately designed handmade crafts. A myriad of colours and sounds welcomes visitors in the streets of Chinatown, a bustling place where Chinese merchants promote their wares in crowded streets.
Just around the junction of Cross Street, New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, modern shopping complexes such as Chinatown Point, Yue Hwa and Chinatown Complex offers a wide selection of electronic products, luggage, textiles, clothes and cosmetics. For more traditional fare, head to Singapore Handicraft Centre at Chinatown Point for some local crafts.
Access to other major parts of Singapore is convenient with the Outram MRT Station, Chinatown MRT Station and Raffles Place MRT Station.