Originally a hilly suburban fringe sandwiched between the main commercial town area and Tanglin, Orchard Road is now arguably Singapore’s most iconic street. The bustling street lined with shiny megamalls is almost unrecognisable from the cluster of spice plantations and fruit orchards it was in the early 19th century, and later for a large part of the 20th century, a suburban residential and commercial street lined with low-rise shophouses.
Take a trip back in time in this story map to learn more about the transformation of Orchard Road as well as the historical places that once stood along this iconic road.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the places of interest in Orchard Road.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the “
New Singapore Street Map” (1930s).
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Orchard: A Heritage Trail and Companion Guide (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).