Emerald Hill Road

Top choice in Singapore

Take time out from your shopping to wander up frangipani-scented Emerald Hill Rd, graced with some of Singapore's finest terrace houses. Special mentions go to No 56 (one of the earliest buildings here, built in 1902), No 39 to 45 (unusually wide frontages and a grand Chinese-style entrance gate), and No 120 to 130 (art deco features dating from around 1925). At the Orchard Rd end of the hill is a cluster of popular bars housed in fetching shophouse renovations.

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1. Orchard Road

0.18 MILES

Famous by name, Orchard Rd was once lined with nutmeg and pepper plantations. Today it's the domain of Singapore's elite and well-heeled tourists, lured…

2. Istana

0.35 MILES

The grand, whitewashed, neoclassical home of Singapore's president, set in 16 hectares of grounds, was built by the British between 1867 and 1869 as…

3. Istana Heritage Gallery

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If your visit to Singapore doesn't coincide with one of the five days per year the Istana opens to the public (or you don't have time to spend hours…

4. Istana Entrance Gateway

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The heavily guarded gates to Istana, home of Singapore's president. Changing of Guards Ceremony, a throwback to the colonial British era, happens here…

5. ION Sky

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Visiting this observation deck on level 56 of the ION Orchard complex used to be free. However a spruce up, which includes an informative multimedia show,…

6. Cathay Gallery

0.63 MILES

Film and nostalgia buffs will appreciate this pocket-sized silver-screen museum, housed in Singapore's first high-rise building. The displays trace the…

7. Battlebox

0.68 MILES

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8. Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

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Also known as the Chettiar Hindu Temple, the open-walled, blue-green temple was completed in 1984, replacing a temple built by Indian chettiars …