Dhoby Ghaut

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Dhoby Ghaut
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese多美歌
 • PinyinDuōměigē
 • MalayDhoby Ghaut
 • Tamilதோபி காட்
Plaza Singapura, a mall in Dhoby Ghaut
Plaza Singapura, a mall in Dhoby Ghaut
Dhoby Ghaut is located in Singapore
Dhoby Ghaut
Dhoby Ghaut
Location of Dhoby Ghaut within Singapore
Coordinates: 1°17′54″N 103°50′46″E / 1.29833°N 103.84611°E / 1.29833; 103.84611Coordinates: 1°17′54″N 103°50′46″E / 1.29833°N 103.84611°E / 1.29833; 103.84611
 • Total0.2220 km2 (0.0857 sq mi)
 • Total320
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)

Dhoby Ghaut (/ˌdbi ˈɡɔːt/) is a place in Singapore that often refers to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, a major interchange station on Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit network connecting the North-South Line, North East Line, and the Circle Line. As a place, Dhoby Ghaut lies along the eastern end of Orchard Road. There is a shopping mall above the MRT station called Plaza Singapura.

The Atrium@Orchard is a retail and office development, comprising two office blocks and retail space on the ground floor, located just above the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.


Dhoby Ghaut was influenced from Dhobi Ghat (Hindi: धोबी घाट, IAST: Dhobī Ghāṭ), which literally means washerman's place in Hindi, from dhobi, "washerman" or one that does laundry, and ghat, referring to a series of steps leading down to a body of water,[2] as in the case of the Varanasi ghats by the Ganges. The Hindi term ghat passed into English usage during the British occupation of India, and was later anglicised to ghaut.[3]

Around this time, the British had also ruled Singapore, which influenced naming this area.[4]

Early history[edit]

Until the early 1900s, the dhobis used water from a clear stream that flowed into Sungai Bras Basah, now Stamford Canal. This stream now exists as a large drain beside Handy Road. The ghats, or steps leading down to the stream, were demolished when Sungai Bras Basah was canalised. The dhobis would then dry the laundry at Dhoby Green, the open park bounded by Stamford Road, Handy Road, Bras Basah Road and Prinsep Street.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dhoby Ghaut (Subzone, Singapore) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  2. ^ "Dhoby Ghaut | Infopedia". Archived from the original on 2016-12-11. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  3. ^ Allsopp, Richard; Allsopp, Jeannette (2003). Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage. ISBN 9789766401450.
  4. ^ "Dhoby Ghaut". www.roots.sg. Retrieved 2020-06-09.

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