A true shoppers delight, Orchard Road in Singapore is the quintessential global street. There are still a lot of things you wouldn’t know about Orchard Road so here are some interesting facts you can arm yourself with before visiting.
1. The Birds
If you take a stroll around Orchard Road between 6.30 and 8.30 in the evening you will find it impossible to hear yourself think over the calling of the birds that outnumber the humans on the street at that time. Take a stroll out of one of the 5-star hotels in Orchard Road and you will find yourself getting to know Asian Glossy Starling, the Javan myna, the house crow and the rock pigeon.
2. The Name
The name Orchard Road originates from the street once being lined with nutmeg and fruit orchards. It would have been quite the sight to see, especially amidst the luxurious hotels like Grand Park Orchard that line the roads now.
3. What it Once Was
Orchard Road was also home to cemeteries for the Chinese, Sumatran and Jewish communities.
4. A Hidden Street
Emerald Hill is a hidden street on Orchard Road that is equally dazzling and has terraced houses that haven’t moved on with time.
5. Shop, Shop, Shop
Of course, the thing Orchard Road is popular for. Shop until you drop!