Complex is situated right in the middle of town, between Cashin
and Bain streets, south facing North Bridge Rd and north facing
Victoria St. This area was also a traditional location for book
Under the urban renewal plan, Bras
Basah Complex was built in the early 80s as a 25 storey high
building, with the 1st to 5th storeys being utilised for
commercial purpose and the rest for residential flats.
The authority named it as Bras Basah
Complex hoping to retain the special feature of book stores.
This not only attracted many tenants who were once well-known
book merchants along Bras Basah Road, but also book stores from
other districts. After more than 20 years, the other name for
Bras Basah Complex is “City of Books” (Shu Cheng).
On the completion of its upgrading,
the authority placed its name (in Chinese) In bright red on the
walls facing the main road and this has brought about some
complaints from people who had thought that the BBCMA had
replaced “City of Books” with Bai Sheng Lou (Bras Basah Complex
in Chinese). This goes to show that the image of “City of Books”
is already well acknowledged.
Today, beside bookstores, BBC also
has other trades, like stationery, arts and crafts materials,
musical instruments, art gallery, framing, pottery, festive
cards, religious items, art/design and commercial schools,
watches, optical, food, photo-copying/printing’ photo
developing, sports goods, CD/VCD, medical clinic, hair salon,
dressmaking and 24 hour convenience shop etc.
In order to better reflect the unique
feature of today’s Bras Basah Complex, we are now working
towards our target of being the “ACE Hub - Arts, Cultural &