The Historic Padang
The Padang (Malay for “field”), formerly referred to as the Esplanade, the Plain, Cantonment Plain or Raffles Plan, was first marked out in the Raffles Town Plan (Jackson Plan) to serve as a public recreation area. Over the century, the fringes of the Padang were slowly filled up with Neo-Classical colonial buildings such as the Supreme Court and Municipal building, and became the heart of the colonial district and home to many National Monuments of Singapore.
Take a trip back in time in this story map to learn more about the history of the iconic buildings that sat around this historic green space.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the historic buildings and sites around the Padang.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the New Singapore Street Map (1930s).
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Kampong Glam: A Heritage Trail (2012), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).