Robinson Road, Singapore

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Robinson Road, Singapore

Robinson Road (Chinese: 罗敏申路) is a major trunk road in Singapore's central business district. The road is named after Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, the Governor of the Straits Settlements in 1877–1879. The land on which Robinson Road now stands was created through land reclamation work started in 1879.[1] It was a sea-side thoroughfare until more land reclamation works in Telok Ayer Basin in the early 1900s (completed in 1932) shifted the shoreline further east to make room for the building of Shenton Way.[2] This allowed for the road to be widened and converted into a one-way street to accommodate the rise in traffic flow pending massive urban development. Today, it is flanked on both sides by major skyscrapers and lends its name to several buildings, including Robinson Centre and Robinson Point.

In Hokkien, the road is known as heng liong koi, which means "heng long street". Chop Heng Long, belonging to Lok Yu who is a well known businessman whose office was located on this road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robinson Road". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. 
  2. ^ "Shenton Way". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. 
  • Peter K G Dunlop (2000) Street Names of Singapore Who's Who Publishing ISBN 981-4062-11-1
  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004) Toponymics A Study of Singapore Street Names Eastern University Press ISBN 981-210-364-3