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Fun Fact: The Meanings of The Streets in Singapore

Every street in Singapore has a unique name, be it the name of the street is named after or special traits that the street has. Same thing applies for most Singapore view places, they also have special street names. When you visit Singapore next time, you will be able to remember the meaning of the streets in Singapore. 

Orchard Road

Do you know that Orchard Road was once a plantation field before it became a shopping centre in Singapore. In the 1800s, Orchard Road was a pepper, nutmeg and fruits plantation. Soon in 1830s, the first street of Orchard Road was built here but there were still fields by the side of the road.

Bugis Street

Sailors and traders from Indonesia used to meet up at Bugis. They brought spices and gold and stayed in Singapore that was once known as Temasek. A community was made by them at Bugis and they called it Kampung Bugis.

Sentosa

The word senotosa came from Sanskrit language “Santhosa” which means safe, peaceful and prosperous.

Pasir Panjang

“Pasir Panjang” originated from Melayu. It was named so because there is a beach that has long sands along the coast.

Other than Pasir Panjang, people also call this place ‘Hong Heng Sua’

Club Street

Just like its name, this street has many Chinese clubs in which people often hang out at.

Isn’t that insightful to learn a little background story of Singapore’s streets? Did you know about any of this information before?

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Every street in Singapore has a unique name, be it the name of the street is named after or special traits that the street has. Same thing applies for most Singapore view places, they also have special street names. When you visit Singapore next time, you will be able to remember the meaning of the streets in Singapore. 

Orchard Road

Do you know that Orchard Road was once a plantation field before it became a shopping centre in Singapore. In the 1800s, Orchard Road was a pepper, nutmeg and fruits plantation. Soon in 1830s, the first street of Orchard Road was built here but there were still fields by the side of the road.

Bugis Street

Sailors and traders from Indonesia used to meet up at Bugis. They brought spices and gold and stayed in Singapore that was once known as Temasek. A community was made by them at Bugis and they called it Kampung Bugis.

Sentosa

The word senotosa came from Sanskrit language “Santhosa” which means safe, peaceful and prosperous.

Pasir Panjang

“Pasir Panjang” originated from Melayu. It was named so because there is a beach that has long sands along the coast.

Other than Pasir Panjang, people also call this place ‘Hong Heng Sua’

Club Street

Just like its name, this street has many Chinese clubs in which people often hang out at.

Isn’t that insightful to learn a little background story of Singapore’s streets? Did you know about any of this information before?

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