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Things to do in Orchard Road Singapore – Discover & Experience

Ever wonder why Orchard Road is called "Orchard Road"? To answer the question, we need to go back to the 1830s when this was an unnamed road that was home to pepper farms, nutmeg plantations and of course, fruit orchards. Thus, today's name for the road! In the present, however, walk down this road and it's full of glitzy malls and high-class restaurants. Let's take a look at a few things to do here when you visit.


Emerald Hill Road

If you are looking for something other than a shopping spree on Orchard Road, Emerald Hill gives you a glimpse of history and culture. Located behind Orchard Central, this small street is home to the elite Peranakan (lineages of Chinese and Malay immigrants) shophouses. While. You explore Emerald Road, and you will come to see that the area is completely frozen in time with buildings constructed back in the 1900s. The architecture of these buildings is quite different with colourful appearances and intricate Chinese designs. It is quite a pleasant contrast against the modern side of Orchard Road.


Singapore Botanic Gardens

Located just a 15-minute drive away from accommodation options such as Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is easily reachable from your Orchard service apartment. It was established in 1859 and is a lovely place to get away from the busy city. Within the garden, premises are attractions such as Swan Lake where visitors get to feed the Australian black swans. If you are up for a walk, check out the Evolution Garden Walk. It is a landscaped plot of land with fossilised age-old trees. It is also home to the world's largest collection of orchids. Concerts are often held at Symphony Lake and kids can have some fun too at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.


Singapore National Museum

The Singapore National Museum is the oldest museum in the country and is also an architectural masterpiece. A glass passage that is 11 metres in height connects the old building to the new one for visitors to explore with ease. The museum was known as the Raffles Library and Museum and was part of the Singapore Institutions library between 1849 and 1887. With a space of 18,400 sqm, this museum holds some rich historical artefacts for visitors to view.


Fort Canning Park

This is yet another beautiful space filled with greenery located close to Orchard Road. It is known to be one of Singapore's iconic historic sites to visit. The park can be accessed through the National Library underpass, the River Valley Swimming Complex, the Park Mall underpass, and Hill Street Food Centre. Underground tunnels known as Battle Box from WWII run underneath this park. You can also unwind with a walk through the park's many trails and view different kinds of trees.


The many cafes & malls

Orchard Road is, after all, known for its fancy malls and interesting cafes. So why not explore? It doesn't have to be all about shopping when you visit the malls here. From cinemas, gaming arcades and food courts, there is so much to see and do as you spend a day discovering these lively hubs.

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