Goodbye for now, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

12 September 2016 marked the last day of opening of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to the public before it is closed for its redevelopment works (not really sure what the city council plan to do with the now defunct railway station. The station was used by KTM, Malaysian rail operator to carry passengers from Malaysia to Singapore and vice versa. However, since now KTM has moved operation to Woodlands checkpoint instead, the station has ceased to use since 2011. The art deco of the station has the words "FMSR" which stands for Federated Malay States Railways. The main building of the station has been gazetted as national monument on 9 April 2011.

Goodbye for now, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

On the last day of its opening to the public, there were a lot of events happening at the railway station. Right in front of the main building, there was an exhibition of antique cars. To call it exhibition may not be correct after all because some of these cars are for sales. There are all kinds of antique cars from the sport cars to minivan to even jeep. 

Antique Cars exhibition at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

The crowd was pretty much crazy that day but that's understandable since everybody wanted to take a last glimpse at the station before it's closed for a long time. In fact, this is my first time here despite its close proximity to my first office in Singapore. The inside of the station really gives the vibe of history of the old station. The bustling ticket counter has been replaced by a lot of arcade games that day, you could even call it a mini Time Zone here (was there ever a Time Zone in Singapore? Hmm).

Inside Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Singapore

The main event, Thai Festival and Fair, is held at the left and right side of the tracks. The sweat has exponentially become worsen here because you have to navigate through the crowd in order to check out what each stall was selling. You could forget about taking a selfie without anyone photobombing you in the middle of the tracks. Since we were here, we decided to just join the crowd nonetheless. 

Tanjong Pagar Railway Thai Market

I was so determined not gonna come out from here with empty hand (after all the ordeal and the 1 km walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT, is the map correct?). I managed to get myself a SGD 4 worth of Thai coconut, which apparently does not contain many water. But oh well, thank to this small coconut, I could persevere inside the festivity. Hahaha. 

Thai coconut drink at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

There are a mini motorbikes exhibition too at the side of the antique cars exhibition. Before we waved goodbye to the station, my friend asked me to take her picture here right under the clock. Tough but I managed to do it at the end even though she looks damn small in the picture. Hahaha. 

Clock at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

I don't believe in goodbye but I believe in letting go. Let's hope that after redevelopment, the new building will look even building and will be loved by the community. 

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