Hill Street, Singapore
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Hill Street (Chinese: 禧街) is a major road in the Downtown Core of Singapore, starting from Eu Tong Sen Street and ending at Stamford Road, where the road becomes Victoria Street. The road starts after Coleman Bridge and at the junction of River Valley Road, North Boat Quay, Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road.
Built shortly after Stamford Raffles founded the trading post in Singapore, the character of the name comes from the fact as it was located at the foot of Government Hill (now the Fort Canning). Hill Street is home to several landmarks including the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station, Old Hill Street Police Station and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The Old Hill Street Police Station is now home to the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
The Chinese gave the street two names, one of which was ong kes swa kha or "foot of Government Hill" where the Governor's residence was located on the Government Hill. The other name was tiau kio thau or "at the end of the suspension bridge".
- Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names ISBN 981-210-364-3, Victor R Savage and Brenda S A Yeoh, Marshall Cavendish.
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