Learn About Paya Lebar

A Sub-regional Business And Lifestyle Hub

The URA’s decision to designate Paya Lebar as its site of choice for a sub-regional commercial hub primarily arose from the district’s locational attributes.

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Situated on the fringe of the Central Business District (CBD), and at a mid-point between the CBD and Changi Airport, its strategic location makes it well-poised for development into a commercial node.


Connectivity is one of Paya Lebar’s key strengths as the district is served by two Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and is seamlessly connected to three major expressways, endowing it an ease of accessibility via both public and private transportation means.


The context of Paya Lebar is framed by a culturally and historically rich backdrop, with colourful neighbours such as the Joo Chiat district, Singapore’s first heritage town, and Geylang Serai. This strong entrenchment offers a unique opportunity to create a commercial hub with a difference.

Paya Lebar: A Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline Gallery

Seamless Connectivity

In the interest of mitigating congestion within the city centre and long-term sustainability, the Singapore Government has pursued a decentralisation strategy. Connectivity plays a vital role in this policy and Paya Lebar, with its well-established connections to other parts of the island, fits in well with this plan.

URA Master Plan

As part of the Draft Master Plan 2008, the URA unveiled the blueprint for Paya Lebar Central, a 12-hectare site centered around the Paya Lebar MRT interchange envisaged to be a bustling, integrated commercial hub with offices, retail and attractive public spaces flowing with activity.

The URA also envisioned a pedestrian-centric design, with the provision of pedestrian connections across Paya Lebar Central at multiple levels.

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