It’s probably costly to visit and indulge in Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, but the Orchard Road in Singapore is where anyone can simply enjoy – without the need for so much cash. The Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometer-long street and is known as the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. Other than being a major tourist attraction, it is also the most popular shopping community in the city-state. The surrounding area is known as Orchard partly because the MRT station that serves the vicinity is also called as such.
The Orchard is a part of the urban planning areas under the Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is a commercial district and is a part of the Central Region and Singapore’s central business district, which is the Central Area. It had gone through a major reconstruction last 2009 that costs $40M. The road had additions of new street lamps, planter boxes, urban green rooms, and street tiling plus flower totem poles. Brief Insight of its past originated from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards or the plantations that the road led to in the mid-1800’s where it got the name Orchard. Commercial development only began in the twentieth century, and soared in the 1970’s. Orchard Road already exists in the 1830’s, however; the road was not plotted in George Coleman‘s 1836 Map of Singapore. In the 1830’s the Orchard Road area was the scene of gambier and pepper plantations. Later on the nutmeg plantations and fruit orchards came about and so is its name.
During 1846, the cluster of houses reached Tank Road and with one major sight during this period as Dr. Jun tending his garden, which promoted the road’s name. He had a garden and plantation at the corner of what is now Scotts Road and Orchard Road.
Some of the landmarks here today are The Istana, which reside at Orchard Road’s southern end. The Nibong palms can be seen near its entrance, with a signage that reads: “As the nibong is a mangrovepalm, this site must have once been a mangrove swamp.” This actually lead many to believe Orchard Road was once a muddy swamp and these palms are remnants of that past.