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Tuesday Walk: Treasures of Orchard Road - 23 July

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Price S$75 / ticket

The name “Orchard Road” conjures up visions of gleaming shopping, office and apartment towers, filled with glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that there’s a rich history lurking around today’s Orchard Road.

We’ll show you the fascinating known nooks and crannies that bear testament to its earlier years as an area dominated by plantations, farms, and yes, orchards plus 19th-century colonial-era homes and buildings that survive today!

We will start at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name. We’ll hear stories about nutmeg planters, their sumptuous estates and the consequences of the mysterious “nutmeg” disease. We'll discover one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled at the foot of Fort Canning. 

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us of Singapore’s colonial roots. We will have a unique opportunity to visit the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion brought back to its former glory and we’ll also catch a glimpse of the home the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lived in for most of his life. 

And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquillity a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….
“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “