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By: kimberly on 07 Feb 2012
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Walking down Fullerton Road, you'll arrive at the Singapore Cricket Club and one corner of the Padang. The wide open field holds huge national significance, as the Padang has been the site of several National Day celebrations.

Originally, the space between the Old Lines and the Singapore River was to be reserved for public purposes. However, the first Resident, William Farquhar, allocated that area for merchantile firms and godowns, and another place for the public buildings had to be found. The area chosen was Padang Besar, or the Padang.

The Padang has always escaped development because of public outcry, and eventually became a major recreational area where the Singapore Cricket Club and the Singapore Recreation Club were established at both ends of the field. The field was used for exercising horses in the 1920s, and eventually became the scene for New Year sporting activities.

When the Japanese occupied Singapore, the Padang was used as an area to round up the European community before marching them off to prison camps in Changi. The Padang was also the site for the victory parade of the Japanese surrender. It has since been used for soccer, cricket and rugby and has hosted several official One Day International cricket matches.

Drop by to catch rugby or cricket practices especially on Sunday or take a picture of the large field in commemoration of its special place in history and the hearts of Singaporeans.

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