By now you would have probably gotten a glimpse of the new MRT map in Singapore – including the newest Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), marked in brown on the map. The most obvious change in the new MRT map would be the Circle Line now as the focus of the map, in literally a circle, making it much easier for commuters to identify their travel route and locations in Sunny Singapore. In anticipation of the new TEL, here is a list of pit-stops you can make to explore the new line with the first stretch of new stations slated to open at the end of January this year:
TEL’s Havelock station was the one MRT station I was the most excited for when the new line was announced – Robertson Quay is an amazingly charming area with lots of chill vibes, happening bars and hipster cafes that used to be much less accessible. The only way to navigate the roads and discover the lovely cafes in the area were by car and foot (quite a distance from any public transportation). In 2021, we can all finally enjoy travelling to this scenic route and hidden vibrant community, only a short walk away from the main nightlife scene at Clarke Quay as well.
Singapore’s MRT line already has a station called Botanic Gardens, but the new Napier station on the TEL will allow us to access the other entrance of the Botanic Gardens through the Tanglin gate, which could be a whole new world for those who are used to hanging out around the Cluny entrance. There will be even less excuse now for everyone to head out to the grand park for exercise and play, possibly one of the many New Year’s resolutions made for 2020. Also, this station has many buses leading to the Orchard area, so that’s brunch or dinner settled then!
If you have yet to visit this renowned Singaporean hawker centre, there is no more stopping you after this TEL station is up. Many famous hawkers are located in this food centre and the aesthetic harks back to the days of yester-years Singapore. The spacious hawker centre provides numerous choices for the newer crowds streaming over from TEL station. After you’ve had your fill, you could walk hop over to the Red Dot Museum, take a walk around the scenic area of Ann Siang Hill to get a cuppa coffee, check out the URA gallery nearby.
If this incredible futuristic garden attraction wasn’t accessible enough for you already, TEL bring Gardens by the Bay its very own MRT terminus, saving you the walk over from Bayfront MRT or having to take a tram ride in between the different attractions. Increased crowds to this impressive attraction in light of the Crazy Rich Asians will be alleviated, allowing both tourists and locals to enjoy the sights thanks to all the increased accessibility – now we definitely have no more excuses to call Singapore boring!
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