Ranked 112 among Places to Visit in Singapore
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Breathtaking architecture, quaint shophouses and beautiful heritage buildings make Emerald Hill Road one of Singapore's hidden gems. Emerald Hill Road has a colourful and tumultuous history, involving Chinese immigrants, English settlers and for a major part, Peranakan settlers. Influential Peranakan settlers bought houses along Emerald Hill Road, and this influenced the culture and architecture of the Road greatly, giving it the beautiful terrace houses it is now famous for.
Today, the tree-lined boulevard consists of modern and trendy bars and terrace houses occupied by Singapore's rich and affluent. Emerald Hill Road makes for a picture postcard neighbourhood as it is a verdant stretch, quiet and peaceful. It stands in stark contrast to its immediate neighbour, Orchard Road which is one of Singapore's main shopping areas and is always full of hustle and bustle. The essence of Emerald Hill Road lies in the structural design of its terrace and shop houses, all of which were built in the early 1900s and reflect the beauty and grandeur of that age. The large mansions with their majestic frontage, intricately carved wooden decorations and extraordinarily big entrance gates work together to transport the visitor back in time. Many visitors discover the architectural beauty of Emerald Hill Road, when they wander, almost by accident, onto this tranquil road with its quirky bars, colonial terrace houses and red-bricked souvenir shops.
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