Due to its rapid development,
Orchard Road is the domain of Singapore's elite nowadays.
Orchard Road is where many high-class hotels prevail. It is a
true place of wealthy people. Prior to the country's
independence, many mansions of colonial rulers were constructed
here and are lived by wealthy people today.
Orchard Road is a great place
to roam through and stop for some nice meals and shopping, or
even staying in those fine hotels should be taken into account.
There are various types of shops here selling things like
Japanese gadgets to antique goods from the East. You can also
enjoy the nightlife here as there are many bars, clubs,
restaurants, and lounges.
Orchard Road is split into the
upper and lower Orchard Road. Both parts possess their
identities and worth the visit.
Lower Orchard Road covers more
idyllic places than upper Orchard Road. Here you can take a look
at fascinating spots such as Emerald Hill which used to be a
jungle but now full of neoclassical buildings designed under
The Istana, the place
belonged to the government, is the residence for the president
of Singapore and open to welcome people only four days of the
year - New Year Day, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and Deepavali.
Mount Sophia, a place
that is in between the Istana grounds and Selegie Road, its name
derived from the second wife of Sir Stamford Raffles, here you
can see the mixture of terrace homes, bungalows, and schools.
Dhoby Ghaut, a
pedestrian walkway; Tan Yeok Nee Masion, a classical
Chinese mansion built in 1885; Chesed-El Synagogue
constructed in 1905 and designed by Swan & MacLaren; Church
of the Sacred Heart was designed by priest-architect Father
Lambert in 1910 in the French style; and Chettiar Hindu
Temple, a richest Hindu temple and a terminus of Taipusam
festival held annually.
Upper Orchard Road is the site of
more urban than the Lower Orchard Road. Many hotels are located
here such as the Mandarin Hotel which is ranked a 5 stars hotel.
Ngee Ann City, a place
where 40 department stores is sited and opened in 1993;
Marriot Hotel, 33-story
hotel that is capped with a Chinese roof;
Good Wood Park Hotel,
constructed in 1900 for Singapore's German resident to gather
and sing national songs but then it kept converted to serve
other purposes until it was gazette a National Monument
in 1989 and rated as a best hotel in the world by Harpers;
Thai Embassy, a great
place to visit if you go to Orchard Road, it was built in 1871
with the arrival of King Chulalongkorn of Thailand;
Hilton International Hotel
erected in 1970 and was the very first major hotel on Orchard
Tanglin Road, one of the
oldest road in Singapore built by the British colonialists in
1840s and is today full of shops selling antique goods
U.S. Embassy which was
moved from Hill Street in 1997, it exhibits art gallery of over
50 great works.
Botanic Gardens that is
located at the intersection of Napier, Holland, and Cluny Roads.
It was constructed in 1822 by the allocated plot of land by Sir
Stamford Raffles but the current gardens were established in
1859 and are also divided into 4 zones which all of them provide
the tropical flora of Southeast Asia.
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Royal Exclusive Travel