Walking down memory lane in Orchard Road

The first of three two-hour walking tours in the Orchard Road area was held yesterday. Here, the group is viewing an art installation outside Ngee Ann City mall titled Orchard: A Stroll Between Valleys.
The first of three two-hour walking tours in the Orchard Road area was held yesterday. Here, the group is viewing an art installation outside Ngee Ann City mall titled Orchard: A Stroll Between Valleys.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

4 NUS past, current students aim to tell shopping strip's tales via its architecture

Wisma Atria is one of Orchard Road's main shopping malls, but the site where it stands used to house Wisma Indonesia - a building with a Balinese-style roof and carved murals that until 1982 housed Indonesia's embassy, national airline Garuda's office and a hotel popular with visitors from the country.

Meanwhile, underneath Singapore's main shopping street runs a canal that carries rainwater out to sea, while the road itself got its name from the nutmeg and fruit orchards that were once located there.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Walking down memory lane in Orchard Road'. Print Edition | Subscribe