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Tanglin is a central suburb of Singapore, flanked by the famous Bukit Timah road towards its north. It derives its name from “tang leng”, which in the local dialect means ‘eastern hills’.

Towards its east lies Balmoral Road, Grange Road, Zion road and Tanglin Road; while the west is bounded by Queensway and Farrer Roads. The Tanglin road starts to its south, passes through the Tanglin Planning Area and winds down further into the city as Orchard Road. The Kay Siang and Ridout roads and the Alexandra Canal border it to the south.

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The Tanglin area is divided into four sub zones of Chatsworth, Nassim, Ridout and Tyersall.

Previously a tiger-infested area, it was colonised first by the Chinese, followed by the Scottish. The area was especially popular for its spice plantations, notably pepper and nutmeg. However, towards mid-19th century, Tanglin barracks were created to accommodate European troops and the area transformed to a military camp. Quite a few roads and places in Tanglin still bear Scottish names.

Now, the area is home to many embassies, consulates and High Commissions of various countries. It also contains high-end condominiums, luxury apartments and residences.

Tanglin has a hilly terrain that includes Claymore Hill, Emerald Hill, Mt. Elizabeth and Lady Hill amongst others. The major Tanglin landmarks include Ngee Ann City with its twin towers, Botanic Gardens, British Military Barracks, Old Tanglin Club and St. George’s Church. The Tanglin village, carved out of the erstwhile military camp, now houses many popular hangouts, restaurants, pubs, high-end antique stores and more.

The Tanglin Shopping Centre is well known for its wide range of antique stores which feature relics, artworks and jewellery. The nearby Tanglin Mall Bazaar is situated between colonial and tropical buildings and makes for convenient shopping from fashion, leisure, hobbies to food and much more.

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