Orchard Road

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Plaza Singapura is a major shopping centre in this area

Orchard Road is a place in Singapore that has many shopping centres. It is in the middle of Singapore.

History[change | change source]

Orchard Road in the 1900s

Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards that used to grow on both sides of the street. It only started to develop in the twentieth century.

Flash floods occurred at the road junction with Scotts Road on 16 June 2010 after 100mm of rain fell from 8 am to 11 am that morning, it is the worst flood at the junction since 1984. Shopping malls along Orchard Road like Lucky Plaza and Liat Towers were affected by the flood. The flood had caused some shopping mall and underground car parks to be under the water. Rescuers had to pull out about 70 passengers from cars and buses, as flooding closed down Orchard Road, which is lined with high-end shopping malls and tourist attractions. No one was hurt.

Landmarks[change | change source]

Orchard Road has the Istana at the southern end of the road, which is the official house for the President of Singapore.

Shopping centres[change | change source]

The first shop was Tangs which was founded in 1932 and got its shop at Orchard Road in the 1950s. Orchard Road also has many well-known restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels.

List of shopping centres[change | change source]

  • DFS Galleria – This shopping mall is in Scotts Road. It mainly sells luxury item such as Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Hermès, Loewe and Bvlgari.
  • ION Orchard – ION Orchard opened on July 21 2009 and houses six double-storey flagship stores of close to 9,000 square feet (840 m2) each, including Prada, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and Patek Philippe. Its signature glass façade doubles up as a giant media screen as well.
Ngee Ann City is the largest shopping mall along Orchard Road. Note the Traditional Chinese writing of the mall's name.
The Paragon is a high-end shopping mall along the Orchard Road strip.

Transport[change | change source]

Public transport[change | change source]

Mass Rapid Transit[change | change source]

There are three major MRT stations around Orchard Road. They are Orchard, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut stations. These three stations are important placces for commuters, locals, students and tourists who travel to the Orchard Road shopping and business district. However, due to the construction of ION Orchard, the entrance of the Orchard entrance has been moved underground below the upcoming mall.

Buses[change | change source]

There are many bus services provided by SBS Transit [1] and SMRT [2] that go to Orchard Road. The major bus stops along Orchard Road are at:

  • Delfi Orchard
  • Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station
  • Le Meridien Shopping Centre
  • Lucky Plaza
  • MacDonald House
  • Opposite Meritus Mandarin Singapore
  • Orchard Emerald
  • Orchard Plaza
  • Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore
  • Tang Plaza
  • YMCA

Taxi[change | change source]

Visitors can also travel to Orchard Road via taxi. There are taxi stands at Forum The Shopping Mall, all hotels, Lucky Plaza, Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City, The Paragon, The Heeren Shops, Centrepoint Shopping Centre, next to Specialists' Shopping Centre and Plaza Singapura.

Cars[change | change source]

Visitors accessing Orchard Road by road usually enter from the west via Napier Road, before exiting Orchard Road at Bras Basah Road. Coming from the north, vehicles can enter via Bukit Timah Road and Scotts Road which leads into Orchard Road. From the south, vehicles can enter through Orchard Boulevard and Paterson Road.

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