Staying at a heritage hotel in Singapore; Amoy hotel, I must say, It is unique hotel that I ever stayed!
The lobby is different than other hotel
When I entered this hotel, one thing that surprised me is the decoration of the wall. As information I got those are the surnames of the first Hakka and Cantonese immigrants that came to Singapore.
The hotel is actually a part of the Far East Square complex, which is a commercial building with various offices, shops and retail spaces. Fuk Tak Chi, and by extension Amoy, has a very central location along Telok Ayer Street, very close to the towering offices of the Central Business District and in an area close to many historical buildings. Just along Telok Ayer Street, you can find the famous Thian Hock Keng temple and Nagore Durgha shrine amongst others.
Orchard Road, the famous road at Singapore always tempted me to back again. This year (2014) I’ve been there for 5 times.
Now I would like to share for its history, the source I took from wikipedia,
Orchard Road was named for the orchards or plantations that the road formerly led to. Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards or the plantations that the road led to in the mid-1800s. Commercial development began in the twentieth century and took off in the 1970s. Orchard Road was already cut in the 1830s, though the new road was not named in George Coleman‘s 1836 Map of Singapore. In the 1830s the Orchard Road area was the scene of gambier and pepper plantations. Later, nutmeg plantations and fruit orchards predominated, hence its name.
By 1846, the spread of houses had reached up to Tank Road. There were none on the left side and only three or four houses went past Tank Road on the right side of Orchard Road. One major sight during this period was a Dr Jun tending his garden, which helped endorse the road’s name. He had a garden and plantation at the corner of what is now Scotts Road and Orchard Road.