Orchard Road's first department store was set up by a local merchant, C. Tang, in 1958 on an isolated plot of land facing a cemetery. The green, curving roof still marks the location of the original department store, today known simply as TANGS.By the 1970s, Orchard Road had replaced High Street as the city's main shopping street, and the introduction of cinemas and a bowling alley during the '60s and '70s heralded the area as a main entertainment hub.Currently, there are 4 Central Refund Agencies in Singapore: The actual amount refunded to you will be lesser than the GST you have paid on your purchases due to the deduction of a handling fee for the refund service charged by the Retailer/ Central Refund Agency/ operator of the Central Refund Counter.Visitors are required to present their original passport in person at the point of purchase to prove their eligibility for the Tourist Refund Scheme.Cab passengers must wear seat belts at all time under Singapore law.Most Singapore taxi cabs run on diesel fuel, with more Singapore taxi companies turning to compressed natural gas (CNG) for greater savings in the recent years.The Tourist Refund Scheme is a voluntary scheme – not all retailers in Singapore operate the scheme.GST-registered retailers may choose to operate the scheme on their own or engage the services of Central Refund Agencies.
GST is chargeable at the prevailing rate of 7% by GST-registered businesses on all sales of goods and services made in Singapore.To find out more about travelling on trains, please see the links below.Fares Ticketing Train Timings Lost & Found Spanning almost 2.2km, Orchard Road is a swanky, one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive and iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels.The shopping belt offers nearly 800,000 sq m of retail, dining and entertainment options to please any taste or budget - from opulent brands to high street fashion, and exclusive restaurants to fast food joints.
Outside of the malls, the main thoroughfare is immaculately landscaped with flowers and greenery, creating pockets of cool, natural calm amidst the hectic urban sprawl.
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