Paya Lebar MRT

by | Jun 9, 2022

Paya Lebar MRT

paya lebar mrt

Guide on the Paya Lebar MRT station

Paya Lebar MRT station is an East-West Line (EWL) and Circle Line (CCL) Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) junction in Geylang, Singapore. Despite its name, this station is on Paya Lebar Road, at the intersection of Sims Avenue. It is between the Paya Lebar MRT and Geylang Serai projects, adjacent to the Geylang Serai district. On November 4, 1989, the station opened as part of the MRT East Line expansion to Tanah Merah Station. The EWL station’s facade has the unique domed segmental roof featured on other elevated EWL stations. On April 17, 2010, the station began serving the Circle Line, making it the first MRT station to handle an elevating and a subway line.

Station details:


The station serves the EWL between Eunos and Aljunied stations and the CCL between Dakota and MacPherson. The station runs on the EWL between 5:47 a.m. Sundays and public holidays (6:13 a.m.) and 00:22 a.m. The station operates on the CCL between 5:40 a.m. Sundays and public holidays (6:07 a.m.) and 00:26 a.m.


Paya Lebar station features a domed ceiling segmented like a caterpillar above platform level like major EWL’s elevated stations on the eastern half-line (after Kallang station). MRT Corporation (MRTC) attempted to give EWL’s stations a “cool appearance” with the design.

The CCL stations, like all other stops on the route, are designed with safety, comfort, and convenience in mind, giving them a contemporary and stylish appearance. Uniform station design also makes it easy for travelers to navigate. Paya Lebar station is also one of the few Y-shaped pillars supporting the station building. There are also barrier-free transfers between EWL and CCL. The CCL station, like the other stations on the route, includes wheelchair-accessible facilities such as elevators and huger entrance doors.

Public Art:

As part of the ArtinTransit initiative, Salleh Japar’s artwork “The Signs of Times” will be on the lobby level of the CCL station. The artwork includes abstract pictograms that depict the evolution of  Paya Lebar MRT from a rural village to satellite settlements. Pigs in a pigsty and an airplane taking off from a nearby airport are two examples of symbols. Art Seats are imaginative to improve the passenger experience and are available at the station. In the 2006 International Art Seat Design Competition, two submissions. The first submission received first place in the worldwide competition. A matrix is a series of benches etched in a dot matrix. Rain, another post, with steel benches designed like puddles of water. These chairs can also appear at other CCL interchange stops.


An underpass connects the station to various commercial malls in the neighborhood, notably the Paya Lebar district and Paya Lebar Square. The SingPost Center and the Lifelong Learning Institute are two neighboring shopping malls and buildings that are not connected immediately by an underpass. Exit C on Paya Lebar Road leads to the Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery, the Sri Sivan Temple, and the Masjid Wak Tanjong. City Plaza, Geylang Road, and Wisma Geylang Serai are accessible through Paya Lebar Road Exit D.

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