In case you missed out on yesterday’s 泰 Fantastic Thai Market and are afraid of having a case of FOMO, here is a recap of what happened:
History of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Ornamented in a rich Art Deco style, the building of the Tanjong Pagar Railway station was gazetted as a national monument on 9 April 2011, completing one of the objectives of the new Points of Agreement between Malaysia and Singapore.
Its key feature is the 21.6 m high vaulted space above the main waiting hall (equivalent to 3 storeys). The airy interior provides a sufficient climatic buffer to ensure a pleasant temperature at all times, while creating an impressive public civic space. The walls bear panels with scenes depicting economic activities that were historically significant in Malaya: Rice planting, rubber tapping, shipping activities, bullock cart transport, copra growing and tin mining.
On the exterior of its front facade stand four heroic sculptures representing the four sources of wealth of Singapore and Malaya – Agriculture, Commerce, Transport and Industry.
Being known as a national heritage site, the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station has been called to a tender for advanced works to dismantle, repair, and reinstate the former railway station’s train platform canopy structures. Having been around for almost a century, the railway station undoubtedly holds a special place in many people’s hearts. After all, it was constructed long before the Causeway and the MRT even began construction.
Tanjong Pagar Railway
via Gourmet Adventures
Thankfully, Fleawhere SG seized the opportunity to allow visitors to enjoy the last time that they will ever see historical site.
Over 100 of food and merchandise stalls assembled at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the first and last Thai-themed concept market at the heritage site. The market featured one of the widest range of food and merchandises – from Lemongrass Pork Belly Roll to Unicorn Tears, to accessories and eye-wear, to candles and potted succulents.
Food, fashion and accessories, barber, live movie screening. You name it, they have it.
Life-sized vintage car displays by Kombi Rocks graced the entrance of the Railway Station, attracting the public to snap photos of, and with the cars to their heart’s desire.
The event was a roaring success. Families, couples and friends made their way down during the public holiday to indulge in the spectacular flea market, take some final shots of the railway, and celebrate the rich heritage and history of the railway. There’s no denying that a fun-filled shindig like this was a pretty remarkable way to celebrate the history of the place, especially before it becomes Cantonment MRT station in 2025.
Watch the recap of the 泰 Fantastic Thai Market below: