Beach Road, Singapore

Beach Road, Singapore

Beach Road, Singapore

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Beach Road (Chinese: 美芝路; ) is a road located within the Kallang Planning Area and Downtown Core in Singapore.

The road starts at its junction with Crawford Street in Kallang Planning Area in the north, runs in a generally southerly direction, enters the Downtown Core at its junction with Ophir Road, and ends at its junction with Stamford Road and Saint Andrew's Road to the south.

Etymology and history

Beach Road is one of the early roads developed in Singapore and appears in George Drumgoole Coleman's 1836 Map of Singapore. The road was actually a coastal road fronting the sea coast in the early decades of the British colonial city — hence its name.

The Chinese used to call the road thih pa sat khau, meaning "the street to which the iron market opens or faces", a reference to Clyde Terrace Market, which was taken over and run as a public market by the Municipal Commissioners in 1910. Clyde Terrace Market, also known as Beach Road market, had its foundation stone laid on 29 March 1873, with Mason honours. Costing $37,889, the building was completed in 1874. It was demolished in 1983 to make way for the The Gateway twin office towers, designed by architect, I.M. Pei, which stand now on this site.

Beach Road was also known as sio poh kai ki in Hokkien, which means "small town seashore". Sio poh is "small town", referring to that part of Singapore to the north of the Stamford Canal Road, as opposed to tua poh or "big town",...
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