Visual Arts Centre

SMRT reveals new wall mural at Somerset station, features historic landmarks around the area

Eight landmarks are featured on the mural, including Killiney Road and Emerald Hill.

If you’re walking along Exit C of Somerset MRT station, you’ll probably spot some familiar landmarks rendered in an artistic fashion.

Unveiled by SMRT on Wednesday (Mar 15), the themed mural features a total of eight landmarks – the Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Killiney Road, Sian Teck Tng Temple, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, Emerald Hill, The Heeren and Youth Park.

The mural was designed by a five-man team from the Visual Arts Centre, and took four weeks to complete.

Each landmark is significant to Somerset’s history. They include Emerald Hill, which was home to many Peranakan families in the early 1900s, while Youth Park is a popular spot for youths since its opening in 1996, alongside the former National Youth Centre.

#ICYMI: Don’t miss the newest heritage mural unveiled for #SMRTComicConnect in the heart of town! 🤩 The Somerset station… Posted by SMRT on Wednesday, 15 March 2023

The heritage-themed, comic-style wall mural is one of 35 at selected MRT stations islandwide under the Comic Connect programme. Part of SMRT’s 35th anniversary, the programme is a collaboration with the local arts community to produce murals showcasing Singapore’s heritage in train stations. 

Somerset MRT’s mural is the second mural to be revealed to the public, with the first unveiled at Toa Payoh station on Jun 24, 2022. Murals for the remaining stations will be progressively installed by the end of 2023.