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Tanglin Road is the road in Singapore. Running through the Tanglin area, it joins to the main branch of Orchard Road from the west. This major road starts at the intersection with Alexandra Road, where it continues as Tiong Bahru Road. From there, it heads north to end at Orchard Road.

Tanglin Road
Tanglin Road
Author: Terence Ong (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Along its way, Tanglin Road forms junctions with Margaret Drive, Kay Siang Road, Phoenix Park, Ridley Park, Tanglin Hill, Camp Road, Nassim Hill, St Martin's Drive, Seton Close and Nassim Road to the west, and with Tomlinson Road, Elis Road, Rochalie Drive, Chatsworth Avenue, Chatsworth Road and Jervois Road to the east. In addition, it also forms an intersection with Napier Road (to the west) and Grange Road (to the east).

Tanglin Road was named after the Tanglin area, which comes from the Chinese name Twa Tanglin, meaning "great eastern peaks". This is in reference to the numerous hillocks within the area, which today are in the Orchard Road area, among them Emerald Hill, Mount Elizabeth, Nassim Hill, Goodwood Hill and Cairnhill. Local lawyer William Napier owned 27 hectares of hill land here. He had a house here which he also named Tanglin.

Orchard Parade Hotel marks the end of Tanglin Road and beginning of Orchard Road
Orchard Parade Hotel marks the end of Tanglin Road and beginning of Orchard Road (13 September, 2010)
© Timothy Tye using this photo

The Tanglin area was settled by Teochew Chinese following Raffles land allotment in 1822. They were farmers growing betel leaf, pepper, nutmeg and gambier. In their wake came Europeans who also went into the plantation business growing spices.

There was a landmark post office in the area which has since been replaced with a modern one. The Tanglin Police Station, also gone today, gave the Hokkien names for Paterson Road and Scotts Road.