Tanjong Pagar Distripark has been known as an alternative arts hub since a decade ago, and with news that the National Arts Council will further develop it as an arts cluster, there's no doubt that this industrial space will continue to flourish. Visit for independant art galleries such as Galerie Steph and Gajah Gallery, and also look out for the opening of Singapore Arts Museum in January 2022. Spread over two floors at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, SAM's new anchor space will be the site for tech-driven exhibitions and contemporary art installations.
There’s no other neighbourhood that captures Singapore’s transformation from a fishing village to a major trading port to a modern metropolis like Tanjong Pagar. Meaning “cape of stakes” in Malay, Tanjong Pagar was once a small town by the shore home to fishermen as well as agricultural plantations. Today, wooden huts by the sea have been replaced by tall, glossy skyscrapers that make up Singapore’s Central Business District.
During the weekdays, Tanjong Pagar is crawling with white-collar workers dressed in sharp attire flitting from meeting to meeting. But this neighbourhood hasn’t lost all its old-world charm. Traditional nineteenth-century shophouses line the street, walls decked in street art hint at its history and hawker stalls dishing out classics from yesteryear remain. They thrive alongside swish new restaurants gunning for Michelin stars and accolades, as well as underground clubs and bars locals gather at to unwind.
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