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Esplanade MRT Station - Unused lift shaft

Esplanade MRT Station is an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the Circle Line in Singapore. The station was opened on 17 April 2010 along with the rest of Stage 1 & 2 of the Circle Line. It is located next to the War Memorial Park, the Suntec City Mall and the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The station also has a link to Raffles City, CityLink Mall, Suntec City Mall and Marina Square.

There is a link from Circle Line's Esplanade station to City Hall via the underground shopping centre CityLink Mall or the basement of Raffles City shopping mall.

Esplanade MRT Station

Esplanade MRT Station


The underpass linking CityLink Mall and Suntec City Mall had been closed since 2003 to facilitate the construction of the station and pedestrians had to use a temporary covered overhead bridge to cross Raffles Boulevard.

On 30 April 2008, the underpass was reopened to the public after five years of closure. It's also the first of the Circle Line stations where the public can have a glimpse of the interior. During the opening of the underpass, Suntec City Mall gave away free coffee, chocolates and sweets to pedestrians to mark the reopening of the underpass. There were also music and line dancing performances.

The bridge underwent dismantling starting 12 May 2008.[1]


An artwork by the late Lim Mu Hue, titled A Piece of Ice-Clear Heart, is located on a large wall within the walkway within the station between Raffles City and Marina Square. This black and white artwork features shadow puppetry and other performances enjoyed by the early settlers of Singapore. Consisting of a set of seven pieces of wood block prints depicting various aspects of theatre, the artwork is a collage of early and later works by Lim Mu Hue who died soon after completing this commission.[2]


There are two separate ticket concourses at Basement 2, each at either end of the station. Both feature faregates for automatic fare collection and provides access between paid and unpaid areas of the station, with at least one bidirectional wide-swinging gate for the benefit of passengers-in-wheelchairs and those carrying bulky items or travelling with prams.

One floor above the concourse, the Transfer Level (B1) is occupied by Esplanade Xchange, which contains retail shops spanning the length of the station. All exits span out from this floor, and underground exits connect this floor with surrounding developments, such as Raffles City, Marina Square and South Beach (under construction as of March 2016).

Esplanade has an abandoned platform but with a small western concourse that is linked to the future Holland Line, which passes through South Beach area, but because the Holland Line was not built so it was abandoned.

iExperience GalleryEdit

iExperience Gallery is a gallery that showcases infocomm experience in Singapore, where it evolves with the OpenNet. Its location is at Esplanade MRT Station. It also encompasses Smart Nation as Smart Mobility, Timothy Mok had went on 21 January 2014.

Station layoutEdit

L1 Street Level Suntec City
B CityLink Mall, City Hall
B1 Transfer Level Esplanade Xchange, Underpass to Suntec City, One Raffles Link, City Hall
B2 Concourse Faregates, Ticketing Machines, Station Control
Platform 1 Circle Line towards HarbourFront via Promenade (→)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2 Circle Line towards Dhoby Ghaut via Bras Basah (←)


  • A: Suntec City, Suntec Convention Centre, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Millenia Walk, Centennial Tower, The Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore
  • B: Raffles Boulevard, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
  • C: Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, One Raffles Link
  • D: CityLink Mall
  • E: Civilian War Memorial, Padang
  • F: CHIJMES, Bras Basah Complex, Carlton Hotel, CHIJMES, Raffles Hotel, South Beach
  • G: Raffles City (B2)

Passenger Usage PatternsEdit

East West Line
EW33 Tuas Link Take bus service 868 to Tuas West Drive (Raffles Marina).
EW32 Tuas West Road Take bus service 868 to Pioneer Road (opp Sinar Mas Building).
EW31 Tuas Crescent Take bus service 868 to Pioneer Road (Fabri-Tech).
EW24 Jurong East Take bus service 97 to Jurong East Bus Interchange.
EW13 City Hall Walk along the CityLink Mall.
EW3 Simei Take Circle Line to Paya Lebar Station, then change to East West Line to Simei Station.
EW1 Pasir Ris Take Circle Line to Paya Lebar Station, then change to East West Line to Pasir Ris Station.
CG1 Expo Take Circle Line to Paya Lebar Station, then change to East West Line to Tanah Merah, and change to East West Line to Expo Station.
North South Line
NS13 Yishun Take bus service 857 to Yishun Bus Interchange.
NS14 Khatib Take bus service 857 to Yishun Avenue 2 (Khatib Station).
NS25 City Hall Walk along the CityLink Mall.
North East Line
NE1 HarbourFront Take bus service 97 / 868 to Telok Blangah Road (VivoCity).
NE17 Punggol Take Circle Line to Serangoon Station, then change to North East Line to Punggol Station.
Circle Line
CC12 Bartley Take Circle Line to Bartley Station.
CC13 Serangoon Take Circle Line to Serangoon Station.
CE1 Bayfront Take bus service 97 / 106 / 133 to Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay Sands Hotel).
CE2 Marina Bay Take bus service 97 / 106 / 133 to Central Boulevard (Marina Bay Station).

Transport connectionsEdit


Destination First train Last train
Mon – Sat Sundays and
Public holiday
Circle Line
to Dhoby Ghaut 5.52am 6.19am 12.01am
to HarbourFront 5.41am 6.08am 10.51pm
to Pasir Panjang 11.22pm
to one-north 11.38pm
to Caldecott 12.05am
to Tai Seng 12.13am


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