HISTORY OF HOLLAND VILLAGE
How it all began….
How it flourished….
Local population expansion also contributed to the thriving business Holland Village is in. This was manifested by the construction of Holland Road market and shop houses along Lorong Mambong, and the building of an open-air theatre (Eng Wah Theatre). This theatre was later demolished in 1985 to make way for a residential cum commercial centre, which subsequently was redeveloped into the present Holland V Mall. These shop houses served to satisfy the grocery, sundry and other retail needs of the local community. A number of unique localized coffee shops called kopitiams were also established at the same time.
Establishment of an Expatriate Centre
Holland Road Shopping Centre
The second major event was the building of the Holland Road Shopping Centre, providing a pleasant shopping experience while retaining most of its colonial influences. It was aimed at the growing expatriate market. Tremendous progress in the transportation network in the Village contributed significantly to the late expansion of the Holland Village. Public car parks were built, road network around the area also improved with the introduction of the MRT in Buona Vista. It was at this stage when the reputation of the Village as an expatriate centre became firmly established.