Walking tour takes Orchard Road visitors on a trip down memory lane

Dr Lai Chee Kien leads a tour group along Orchard Road to show how Singapore's transformation is characterised by its continuous battle with nature on Feb 23, 2019.
Dr Lai Chee Kien leads a tour group along Orchard Road to show how Singapore's transformation is characterised by its continuous battle with nature on Feb 23, 2019.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Dr Lai Chee Kien leads a tour group along Orchard Road to show how Singapore's transformation is characterised by its continuous battle with nature on Feb 23, 2019.
Dr Lai Chee Kien leads a tour group along Orchard Road to show how Singapore's transformation is characterised by its continuous battle with nature on Feb 23, 2019.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - 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 which 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 which carries rainwater out to sea, while the road itself got its name from the nutmeg and fruit orchards which were once located there.

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