Little known to many, there is a Television (TV) World at the end of Tuas, situated just beside the Tuas Second Link checkpoint. Looking like a rundown theme park from the outside, it was mainly used by the Television Corporation Of Singapore (TCS) in the nineties as the production venue of local period dramas.
Occupying a land size equivalent to about four football fields, the TV World was created in 1990, completed about two years later, to look like Singapore of the fifties and sixties. It was designed with buildings that resemble old cinema, railway station, fire station, church, mansions and traditional shophouses. Three main streets run around these buildings.
There was also a man-made river within TV World for filming purposes. In the past, the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) artistes, if required in the scripts, were made to jump or swim in the Singapore River.
Using the nostalgic props and backgrounds at TV World, the TCS would produce many memorable Chinese dramas for Channel 8, such as Strange Encounters 3 奇缘3 (aired in 1995), Tofu Street 豆腐街 (1996), The Price Of Peace 和平的代价 (1997), Wok Of Life 福满人间 (1999) and Hainan Kopi Tales 琼园咖啡香 (2000).
In 2001, TCS was restructured and became Mediacorp TV. The TV World was subsequently given up probably due to high maintenance costs. Also, Mediacorp had decided to cut down on the production of local period dramas. Instead, if required, they would be filmed at Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Malaysia or China.
After its closure, the premises of the TV World was taken over by the Singapore Police Force as their Tactical Training Village for special forces. In 2012, Mediacorp did, however, return to the TV World for one more production of drama series – Joy of Life 花样人间 – for the 30th year of production of local Chinese dramas in Singapore.
Check out more old photos of Tuas TV World here.
Published: 31 July 2016
Updated: 20 August 2016
Hi, I am a 20 year old reader from Singapore and I would like to thank you for writing this blog! Truly love reading all these articles on old/abandoned places! 🙂
I pass through that area everyday commuting from jb to sg. I always thought they are old colonial era buildings.
They looked more authentic now then when it was used in the 90s.
I really wish we could go inside and take a look!
Old valuable Tuas TV World photos from Salleh Sariman, who used to work for SBC/TCS/Mediacorp as a cameraman
1990, when this Tuas area was still a barren land
Tuas TV World 1993
Tuas TV World 2001
(Photo Credits: Salleh Sariman)
Really cool. Can he share more pictures of the place? From what ive read, during its prime, there are even qing n song dynasty sets within Tuas tv world. Heroes in black (1999) is a chinese costume period drama and was filmed in tv world.