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Orchard Road

The ever-popular shopping destination for local and overseas shoppers is in Orchard Road.  This 1987 stamp shows some of the tall buildings in the ever-busy Orchard Road area.  Known for its shops and hotels, the area is served by three MRT stations:  Orchard, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut.  The big tall building shown in the centre of the stamp is the Meritus Mandarin Hotel.  The tall building on the left is Comcentre while the building in the background on the right topped by a Chinese pagoda roof is the Marriot Hotel.

Peranakan Place

Peranakan Place (below) is located just off Orchard Road at the base of Emerald Hill. Orchard Road and Emerald Hill used to be home to plantations and orchards.  Eventually, houses and shophouses were built along the streets in the area.  These terrace houses in Peranakan Place have been beautifully restored.

The Peranakans evolved from the inter-marriage of Chinese and Malays.  These Straits Chinese adapted certain Malay customs, language and practices.  A number of Peranakan families used to live in this area.

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Written by victorkoo

19 April, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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