Bras Basah Complex, nestled in the heart of Singapore’s core district, stands as a testament to the city-state’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant artistic scene. Originally built in the 1980s, the complex was a diligent host of small-scale Xinyao recitals, book fairs and art exhibitions that were immensely popular with the locals. Situated right in the heart of town, the Bras Basah area was the traditional location for book stores. It came as no surprise that with its establishment, the Bras Basah Complex attracted a myriad of well-known book merchants, even those from other districts, to become tenants, bringing its reputation of being the Book City of Singapore.

Fast forward to today, its strategic location, nestled amidst prestigious educational institutions such as the Singapore Management University and the School of the Arts, contributed to its role as a hub of intellectual and creative activity. Over time, Bras Basah Complex has emerged as a focal point for the arts, attracting a diverse array of artists, musicians, and cultural enthusiasts. The influx of music schools and art galleries has been instrumental in reshaping the complex’s identity, turning it into a thriving arts and cultural hub.

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BBCMA was founded in the beginning of the 1980s. At that time, many book merchants from Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road as well as merchants in other districts dealing in books and related trades took up shop space in BBC. In order to settle common problems and to protect their interest as well as to improve communication, the merchants at the BBC founded Bras Basah Complex Shopholders’ Association.

In recent years, BBCMA is the forefront of advocating for new trends, events, and a robust social media presence within its vibrant community. Recognizing the importance of staying relevant in today’s dynamic market, the association actively engages with its members to identify emerging trends and innovative concepts that can enhance the overall experience for visitors.


The vision of Bras Basah Complex Merchants Association is to be the driving force behind a vibrant and thriving commercial hub that celebrates arts, culture, and community. We envision Bras Basah Complex as a destination of choice, renowned for its heritage and unique blend of retail, cultural, and dining offerings.


Through collaboration and innovation, we aim to continuously enhance the shopping experience, foster sustainable growth, and preserve the heritage and charm of Bras Basah Complex for generations to come.


Bras Basah Complex Merchants Association is committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of merchants within Bras Basah Complex. Our mission is to promote collaboration, support local businesses, and enhance the overall shopping experience for residents and visitors alike. We strive to preserve the unique character of Bras Basah Complex while adapting to the evolving needs of our community, creating a dynamic hub for arts, culture, creativity, and commerce.