Central Area

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Skyline of Skyscrapers at Downtown Core (CBD)

The Central Area, also called The City, is the city centre of Singapore. Located in the south-eastern part of the Central Region, the Central Area consists of 11 Planning Areas, namely, Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South, the Museum, Newton, Orchard, Outram, River Valley, Rochor, the Singapore River and Straits View, as defined by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The term Central Business District (CBD) has also been used to describe most of the Central Area as well, although its boundaries lie within the Downtown Core. It has a land area of approximately 17.84 km2

The Central Area surrounds the banks of the Singapore River and Marina Bay where the first settlements on the island were established shortly after the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. Surrounding the Central Area is the rest of the Central Region. The Central Area shares boundaries with Novena to the north, Kallang to the north and north-east, Tanglin to the north-west and west, Bukit Merah to the south-west and Marine Parade to the east. The south-easternmost limits of the city is enclosed in by Marina Barrage, where the mouth of Marina Bay meets the Singapore Strait.

Notable Structures


  • ArtScience Museum
  • Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Chinatown Heritage Centre
  • Fuk Tak Chi Museum
  • Harmony In Diversity Gallery
  • Istana Heritage Gallery
  • MINT Museum of Toys
  • National Gallery Singapore
    • City Hall
    • Old Supreme Court
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Peranankan Museum
  • Red Dot Design Museum Singapore
  • SAM @8Q
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • Singapore City Gallery
  • Singapore Philaletic Museum
  • The Arts House
  • The Battlebox



  • Hong Lim Park
  • Merlion Park

Iconic Structures

Places of worship

  • Masjid Hajjah Fatimah
  • Masjid Sultan
  • Nagore Durgha Shrine
  • Thian Hock Keng Temple


  • Lau Pa Sat
  • Parkview Square
  • Raffles Hotel Singapore
  • The Cenotaph
  • The Fullerton Hotel Singapore


Incumbent Role
Central Singapore CDC
Denise Phua Mayor of Central CDC
South East CDC
Maliki Osman Mayor of South East CDC
Jalan Besar GRC
Denise Phua Member of Parliament for Kampong Glam
Lily Neo Member of Parliament for Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng
Mountbatten SMC
Lim Biow Chuan Member of Parliament for Mountbatten
Tanjong Pagar GRC
Indranee Thurai Rajah Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru
Joan Pereira Member of Parliament for Henderson-Dawson
Melvin Yong Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Cairnhill


Planning Areas ViewTalkEdit
Central BishanBukit MerahBukit TimahDowntown Core1GeylangKallangMarina East1Marina South1Marine ParadeMuseum1Newton1NovenaOrchard1Outram1QueenstownRiver Valley1Rochor1Singapore River1Southern IslandsStraits View1TanglinToa Payoh
East BedokChangiChangi BayPasir RisPaya LebarTampines
North Central Water CatchmentLim Chu KangMandaiSembawangSimpangSungei KadutWoodlandsYishun
North-East Ang Mo KioHougangNorth-Eastern IslandsPunggolSeletarSengkangSerangoon
West Boon LayBukit BatokBukit PanjangChoa Chu KangClementiJurong EastJurong WestPioneerTengahTuasWestern IslandsWestern Water Catchment
1: Located within the Central Area