Singapore's prime shopping belt during colonial times was far from the fruit-laden Eden-esque tropical thoroughfare that its epithet would have you evoke.
The truth is that Orchard Road was a dusty rural lane that snaked past cemeteries, hills and gambier farms carved into the landscape by gambier merchants before Stamford Raffles hoisted the British flag in Singapore in 1819.
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2020, with the headline Orchard Road Refresh: From nutmeg orchards to urban jungle. Subscribe