Tropicana Matchbox

Tropicana Matchbox

Dimensions: 36 x 56 x 8 mm

This entertainment building was opened in 1968, specifically to boost Singapore's night life scene. The Singapore Tourist Promotion Board approached property developer Shaw Sung Ching to create this four-storey entertainment complex located at the junction of Orchard and Scotts Road.

Though it was named Tropicana, it actually housed four establishments. A theatre-restaurant Orchid Lantern, a restaurant-nightclub Rasa Sayang, a cocktail lounge Le Bistro and a VIP lounge.

Amidst fierce competition from other clubs, Tropicana closed in May 1989. The building was demolished and replaced with the shopping complex, Pacific Plaza.


Courtesy of the Collection of Yeo Hong Eng