Orchard Road, Singapore

Orchard Road, Singapore

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore's main shopping street. Situated north of the Singapore River and west of the Central Business District (CBD), Orchard Road turns into Bras Basah Road as it heads east. There are few tourist attractions as such in Orchard Road itself and the only thing to do here is shop, shop and shop! Lugging with your shopping bag is probably the most strenuous thing you will ever do in Orchard Road.
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Orchard Road is named after the nutmeg orchards that used to occupy the area in the 1830s, one of them coincidentally belonging to a Mr Orchard Road. Large trees still shade the road, providing a modicum of relief from the heat. Fortunately, Orchard Road has an extensive network of underpasses that connect many of the malls providing even more shelter from the blistering equatorial heat and on occasions, rain. Weekends in the area are often packed with locals, foreign residents and visitors alike. On the eastern end of Bras Basah Road the shopping malls begin to peter out, with some fine colonial architecture and a few of Singapore's top museums.

Orchard Road, Singapore

Along Orchard Road

Orchard Road is easily accessible with the MRT stations of Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall (on the North-South Line) following the alignment of Orchard Road. Orchard Road is walkable, allowing plenty of breaks inside the air-conditioned shopping centres. You can no longer cross the intersection of central Orchard Road and Scotts Road on foot. Instead, take the air-conditioned underground walkway linking Orchard MRT Station and Ion Orchard to Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City and Lucky Plaza; to CK Tang and Marriott; and then to Shaw House and Wheelock Place

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, Singapore

Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

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