Suaku (Hokkien, meaning 山龟 or “mountain turtle”, Singlish refering to someone who is not well informed; a country bumpkin) me wasn’t aware of the presense of Singapore City Gallery till B extend her invitation to me.

I then read about it online, and found this to be an interesting and meaningful initiative by URA.

Kpo Kia browsed through some photo of it on its website, and expressed her interest to visit the Singapore City Gallery, so here we are on a Saturday morning~

We are welcome with a ‘performance’ at the entrance of The URA Centra..

Singapore City Gallery

The Singapore City Gallery is located behind Maxwell Food Centre, at The URA Centre. It aims to tells Singapore’s development story over the past 50 years to the public. It was recently revamped to reflect the most updated story of Singapore’s physical, and now features 40 exhibits over 2,400 square metres, many with interactive and immersive elements.

Some key new exhibits are:

  • An all-new Island-wide Model that features 3D-printed buildings and topography, with a 3-minute projection mapping show
  • How Our City Works, showcasing the urban systems that keep our city going through an immersive show and interactive exhibits
  • Mapping Singapore, a new permanent exhibit on level 2 that traces Singapore’s physical evolution through 40 maps and plans, and shows the ideas that helped shape Marina Bay into what it is today
  • Be an Urban Designer For A Day, which lets you learn the art and science of creating the memorable buildings and streetscapes that make our city distinctive, and try your hand at creating your own skyline and re-designing neighbourhoods

Sharing on the long term view of Singapore.

All the kids just love this area!

Interactive wall sharing more about Singapore. The younger kids are more interested in the projections on the floor though.

Interestingly, she is very fascinated by this set of shophouses model.

Central part of Singapore.

Can you guess which area is this?

They actually modelled this after the real placement of the buildings in Singapore @[email protected]?

Free guided tours by URA volunteers are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11.00am and 12.30pm), and on the first and third Saturday of each month. The duration of each tour is approximately one hour. You can also learn more about how Singapore shape our city into a highly liveable, people-friendly and delightful home on ura.sg/gallery.

Singapore City Gallery

Admission is free.
Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Draft Master Plan 2019

What is a master plan? The Master Plan is a land use plan that guides Singapore’s development needs over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Draft Master Plan 2019 is the result of the latest review of the Master Plan, and focuses on planning for inclusive, sustainable and green neighbourhoods, with spaces for community and amenities for all to enjoy. There are also proposals to rejuvenate familiar places in our city, and create capacity for the future.

The 5 main themes include:

  1. Liveable and Inclusive Communities
    • Future residential precincts will be designed to be smart and sustainable towns that are well-connected, providing community-centric amenities, inclusive and vibrant public spaces.
    • New housing precincts will be equipped with a wide range of amenities that are accessible to current and future residents.
    • Strategies are adopted to conserve Singapore natural heritage, and to expand the island-wide network of play corridors, parks, sports facilities and green spaces for residents to have more opportunities to connect with nature.
  2. Local Hubs, Global Gateways
    • Singapore will develop business nodes and industrial estates outside the CBD to support our growth and bring more jobs nearer to our neighborhood (Horray~).
  3. Convenient & Sustainable Mobility
    • Connectivity across Singapore will be further enhanced with expanded public transport and active mobility networks for improved connectivity.
    • More jobs are being planned in the various business nodes closer to our homes, where work and play will be more accessible.
  4. Rejuvenating Familiar Places
    • URA will work closely with communities to retain the distinctive qualities of local identity areas through setting design guidelines for existing and new developments, and retaining key elements. These local identity areas are also being rejuvenated with new public spaces, upgraded streetscapes, or sensitive injection of new homes and amenities.
  5. A Sustainable and Resilient City of the Future
    • Singapore needs to be ready to be adapting to climate change on urban life.
    • New ideas are being explored to close our resource loops and reduce the amount of resources consumed.
    • Land in Singapore may be limited, but employing innovative strategies will help optimize space to meet our growing needs.

To be frank, I have never put any serious concern into Singapore master plan, until I have Kpo Kia. How is the planning done for Singapore really impact our next generation and their future generations? Would highly recommend all Singaporeans, permenant residents, and people who are concern about Singapore future, to visit the Draft Master Plan 2019 exhibition, and provide feedbacks on how we would like to improve our living space in Singapore.

More job opportunities in Northern part of Singapore.

Excited to know that more facilities will be available in few years time at ‘ulu’ places like Sembawang.

Excited to know more amenities will be coming over to North East area. This means more job opportunities, and hopefully, I can find one near my house so I can have more time for Kpo Kia.

We can share our views so the master plan can take them into consideration.

You can learn more about the Draft Master Plan 2019 by signing up for guided tours by URA volunteers, or downloading flyers for specific planning areas at ura.sg/DMP19.

Draft Master Plan 2019 Exhibition

The URA Centre Level 1 Atrium
27 Mar to 24 May 2019
Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

The URA Centre
45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118

For whatever reason, she loves the stairs… she can go up and down it for a good 10mins. @[email protected]

The ‘rocks’ look so real, I didn’t realised they are actually cushion.

Enjoying herself role-playing as a pianist.

Day dreaming on DREAM.