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Bugis Street, in the 1950s, was renowned internationally for its notorious night activities where flamboyantly dressed transvestites would parade themselves attracting sailors and military personnel on their Rest & Relax.
The entire street came alive in the evenings as push carts gather offering a wide selection of cheap goods and hawker food, hence earning its "Pasar Malam" namesake, or otherwise known as Night Market.
Bugis Street has transformed into a unique retail shopping location. With a vast and dynamic product mix, Bugis Street is well known for its wide selection, competitive prices and quality merchandise that cater to anyone and everyone.
Having undergone a new facelift and several upgrading phases, Bugis Street currently houses about 800 shops, which makes Bugis Street the Largest Street Shopping Location in Singapore!
The most recent addition to Bugis Street’s offering is <Level 3> - a brand new level of retail, which boasts not only retail and fashion shops, but also F&B stalls, and an events atrium that is set to host big-scale events and promotional activities.
HISTORICAL TIME LINE
1987: A REVIVAL
As part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s efforts to preserve, conserve or re-develop iconic sites and tourist attractions, the Singapore Tourism Board called for tender to re-develop Bugis Street.
1988: AN ICON RECREATED
Bugis Street Development was awarded the project to re-develop Bugis Street over a duration of two years.
Mid 1990s: A NEW ERA
In the mid 90’s, Bugis Street experienced its soft opening for business with entertainment and F&B as main attractions. The news was welcomed joyfully by the former hawkers and retailers, which resulted in the full occupation of the retail and entertainment outlet once again. The old, lively Bugis Street was revived.
1997: CHANGING LANES
The management decided to embark on a new direction, which involved a whole new concept of evolving to an iconic street shopping location. Bugis Street Development embarked on the first phase of upgrading to make way for the new retail stalls that were to be introduced. Fixed awnings were introduced to provide shelter for visitors during the rainy season, making Bugis Street an attractive landmark for street shopping.
2001: LOOKING AHEAD
The opening of 2 back lanes selling antiques expanded the Bugis Street shopping premise, qualifying it as a one stop street market complex. Whilst retaining its distinctive architecture of pre-war houses, Bugis Street managed to adopt a modern feel making Bugis street a unique and exciting street shopping experience.
2004: A NEW CHAPTER
The second phase of upgrading transformed Bugis Street into the “Largest Street Shopping Location” in Singapore.
Bugis Street expanded the 2nd floor with an addition of 64 stalls. In support of entrepreneurship and service quality, Bugis Street Development initiated strategic collaborations with local educational institutions and respective government agencies.
2006 – Present: AN ICONIC STREET SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Currently, Bugis Street has over 800 concept stalls and the number is expected to grow. Future developments are in the pipeline to make Bugis Street a better and more exciting street shopping complex.
Tourist Information Counter (TIC) @ Bugis Street
Conveniently located in Bugis Street on <Level 3>, and easily accessible by the nearest entrance and escalator beside the coach bays (indicated with a star on the map below), Bugis Street Tourist Information Counter is where tourists can get advice and information on sightseeing, eating, and shopping in Singapore.
* TIC is open from 11.30am to 10.00pm daily.
The coach bays for tour groups visiting Bugis Street are located along Cheng Yan Place, which is accessible from Queen Street (Please refer to the map below).
|Description||Bugis Street is Singapore’s largest street shopping location with 800 concept stores and counting. With a vast and dynamic product mix, Bugis Street is well known for its wide selection, competitive prices and quality merchandise that cater to anyone and everyone.|
|Positioning||With over 20 years of retailing history, Bugis Street is Singapore’s Largest Street Shopping Location, which provides a unique shopping experience, and is renowned for being a one-stop shop where shoppers can find a huge variety of products and services of both value and quality.|
|Architecture||Bugis Street’s architecturally adventurous design aims to revive the street shopping experience and bring it to a whole new level. High roofing structures were incorporated in the upgrading works to allow natural skylight to illuminate the shopping streets during the day, providing a bright and breezy atmosphere. Aggressive cooling and lighting systems were also developed to set a new benchmark in street shopping planning.
Each tenant is given the freedom to deploy their creative designs to the renovation and dressing up of their stalls, which gives Bugis Street a truly interesting and colorful façade.
|Location||Within Central Business District (CBD) and 10 minutes from Orchard Road.|
|Management||Bugis Street Development Pte Ltd|
|Number of retailers||800|
|Operating Hours||11am – 10pm|