Many times you have been moved to or lived in the streets of Singapore but have you ever thought about the history and stories behind their names? Singapore is popularly known as a multi-racial country, where most of its history is represented by the green sign boards present on streets and I assure you wish to visit these once in your lifetime. The streets have got some pretty interesting names, take a trip down as here’s how some of them got their names.
1 Bugis Street
The street was named after the bugis people who got settled at the original BugisKampog and the area was populated by them. Now it has become a shopping haven for Singaporeans as well as tourists who visit Singapore as they got chance to pick huge bargains. The street is also filled with food stalls and shops selling designer goods. Hawkerstrade of food and goods and lively bazaar culture is attracting more visitors.
2 Duxton Hill
Originally a nutmeg plantation of a wealthy Englishman, which was later on owned by a Portuguese dentist, and then belonged to the Arab spice trader, Duxton Hill is one of famous streets of Singapore. In the 1890s, multi-storey shop houses were built and Chinese moved into the Duxton Hill.
Many of the area’s shop houses were gradually restored with the help of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Trendy restaurants, outstanding galleries, and modern bars attracted visitors to the newly formulated shophouses.
3 Ang Mo Kio
The name of the street Ang Mo Kio is derived from Hokkien, “angmodan” (rambutan) a fruit grown in old kampungs, and “kio” (bridge). This described the specific spot, easily recognized by residents among the number of bridges built afterwards. People were attracted to the area as a result of the rubber boom.
SengKang is the direct translation of “prosperous harbor” in Chinese and fishing villages and rubber, pepper and pineapple plantations once populated the area and flourished in old days. Later on, SengKanghas undergone vast development and got transformed into a modern housing estate which was earlier a home of vegetable and pig farms and tropical forests.
5 KeongSaik Road
The street was named after the name of Singaporean businessman, Tan KeongSaika who was strongly in favor of education and equality of rights for women. He was also appointed Municipal Commissioner and Justice of Peace. The KeongSaik’s bars, eateries and gathering places will definitely steal your heart all along the day and night.
6 Short Street
As the name, so is this street. Yes! The short street is just 350 m long and its naming is a very creative process. But this is not the shortest street as Finlayson Green is the shortest road which is 80 m long approximately.
7 Club Street
As the name reveals, this is street is full of many paramount Chinese clubs and rich businessmen often came here to hung out and relax. We can’t say because of one particular club, this street is named so but a good combination of all of them that made this street tremendously popular.
Singapore streets have very interesting stories which you pass daily or you definitely want to pass, have a visit there and learn the rich histories which these streets hide. As they offer immense pleasure, food, things to shop and everything you would love to do. So, whether you are a food lover, an artist or a party enthusiast, Singapore is the end of your cravings as here you can ignite your senses and fulfill your passion. It’s the time to fuel up and strap the shoes to pound the pavement at Singapore’s streets.