Originally built in 1923, the station has a beautiful art deco facade and impressive arches inside. After petitions by Singaporeans to preserve this local monument, the Singaporean government designated the old station a heritage site. This means that although it will be closing from Dec 25th, 2016, it will reopen in 2025 with the new Cantonment MRT station just below.
The station has opened its doors a handful of times over the last few years, usually over public holidays, so that the public can experience this important piece of Singapore’s history. Coming up on Monday, September 12th, Singapore’s largest flea market organizer, Fleawhere, will be hosting the Fantastic Thai Market at the old Tanjong Pagar station featuring local live bands and over 100 food and merchandise stalls. This will be the last chance to get into the station and see it in all its art deco glory and, not to mention, preserve it in Instagram history.
Along with the lineup of food and merch stalls, the festival will also feature Singapore mainstays food truck Kerbside Gourmet whose curious, mouth-watering menu includes 72-hour sous vide style pork belly, pea puree with 62 degree egg (a sous-vide style egg cooked for an hour at 62°C) and a totally paleo rustic beef stew. Kerbside Gourmet has been making waves with their customized truck and impressive menu.
Joining Kerbside Gourmet is Thai-inspired retro diner Kombi Rocks, known for its vintage car collection and car restoration program. This means that along with the impressive architecture of the station itself, this will be your chance to photograph some vintage VW buses and other retro automobiles.
The specific lineup of bands and vendors is yet to be released, but click ‘Interested’ on the event’s Facebook to receive updates as more information becomes available.