Help - how to use Map.SG

This page explains how to use the website. See also the list of common questions.


Most of Map.SG's features and main pages are accessed via the left column menu, under "Main". Some of the more common pages are accessible via 'quicklinks' on the headers (top right) of most pages.

Links for less commonly used pages such as site-maps, terms of use and privacy statement are located at the footers (bottom) of most pages. Some of the main menu links are also repeated at the footer for convenience.

The Map interface

The actual map image shown on each area or object page is a Google-based Javascript map object. Hence you need a browser that supports Javascript, and, of course, need to enable Javascript (most browsers should support and have it enabled by default).

Most of the other map-related navigation/links are simple HTML hyper-links to other pages or to anchors on the same page, or some Javascript that trigger the Google map object to perform certain actions such as display an object or re-centering the map.

The Google map object is user-friendly, you can:

  • pan the map by clicking the left mouse button, holding it down and draging the map around. This effectively moves the map (i.e. display it with portions that previously fall outside the viewing window).
  • zoom in or out, by clicking the various controls (if available) on the map.
  • click a marker (usually a balloon icon) to see a 'bubble' pop-up which provides more information about the object represented by the marker.

New methods of controlling the map may be added and we will provide details on those features when they are added.

Map pages navigation

On each map page, you will see some navigation aids that link to related pages. One of them is the 3x3 matrix representing the surrounding areas of the current area.

The centre "X" square represents the current area (i.e. the current page you are viewing). To see a neighbouring area's page, click on one of the squares around the "X". Top represents north, left means west, and so on. A darkened (dark grey) square indicates that no page exists for that area - this usually means the area is mostly water or covers the sea.

Why use the 3x3 matrix ?
When you pan the map by dragging it with your mouse cursor, the map image changes, but the text/description on the page is not updated. By clicking the surrounding areas on the 3x3 matrix, you will be updating the whole webpage to the new area - and all the related description and information such as amenities, roads, buildings in the new area will now be described on the new page.


The main way of searching Map.SG is to use the Search function, which is accessible by the Search box (usually found on the side columns a.k.a. sidebars) or by going to the main Search page itself. Both search input methods (the box and the page) provide the same results, although you may be able to search with advanced options on the main Search page.

Still having problems with using a feature ? Write to us.