Singapore Botanic Gardens: 150 Years Old, and Still Blooming!

Did you know the Singapore Botanic Gardens has been here since 1859? We didn’t too! (until we googled it!) The Botanic Gardens was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822, but was closed in 1829.

It later opened its door by an Agri-Horticultural Society in 1859, before handled over to the government of Singapore. Today, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the?main attractions?in the country, and the region.

While we can’t describe how the garden is like since its reopening, but we could share with you our experiences of touring and enjoying the modern day Botanic Gardens!

UPDATE: As of 4th July 2015, The Singapore Botanic Gardens has gained the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the first botanic site to be recognized in Asia!

You can read more about UNESCO status here.

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On a typical day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you will find joggers, dog walkers, foreigners and locals alike enjoying the scenery and attractions of the park.

You will also find?families?playing with their kids and?friends?gathering around the clean and grassy fields.

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It’s definitely a place for everybody to enjoy themselves. The park opens daily from 5 am to 12 midnight. Admission is?free. If you like, you can just come any day after a busy day of working (or shopping!).

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Attractions

With its huge area, the Botanic Gardens also has an array of attractions for park-goers and visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the attractions which might interest you.

Swan Lake

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If you walk into the Botanic Gardens from the Tanglin Gate, you will be sure to find the Swan Lake. Needless to say, you can find swans there!

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The pair of swans you see there was imported from Amsterdam. The lake, build in 1866, supplies water to the Gardens.

National Orchid Garden

The orchid garden is the home to over?1,000 species?of orchid and over 2,000 hybrids. If you intend to go there, do remember to bring your high-definition camera. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the flowers.

Orchids are closely associated with Singapore, so much so that the orchid,Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid between Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres, is selected as the National Flower of Singapore in 1981.

Many orchids are also titled in the honor of great politicians leaders likeNelson Mandela?and?Margaret Thatcher, and famous celebrities likeJackie Chan.

Ginger Garden

Right next to the National Orchid Garden, you will find the Ginger Garden, the home of the?Zingiberaceae?family. Get your camera ready again. You might be surprised by some of its amazing plant forms, leaves and colorful flowers.

You’ll also find other species like banana, lilies, turmeric and cannas.

BandStand

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This is an architecture built in the early 1860s, and one of the iconic feature of the Botanic Gardens. It was once used for evening performances by military bands.

Today, the BandStand appear in photographs of wedding couples. It’s?grand?and?gorgeous, isn’t it? Many wedding couples chose the bandstand as part of their wedding shots. You can try too!

Rainforest

Definitely not the rainforest you find in South America, but this mini 6 hectares rainforest in the Singapore Botanic Gardens still gives you a feel of the tropical vegetation of the Amazon.

There, you will find also ancient tress that exists before the Garden does!

Symphony Lake

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If you love orchestral music, you may find the?Singapore Symphony Orchestra?playing your favorite piece on the Symphony Lake. They perform on the large stage called the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage monthly.

On other occasions, you can also enjoy other musical or cultural performances, watching from the grass field on the other side.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Scenery

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Walking around the whole Singapore Botanic Gardens and enjoying its views and scenery can also be a delightful way to embrace nature. We do?love?the garden and make occasional trips there.

On one of the days, we went on a casual walk around the park and discovered some of the sightings among the greenery of the park.

Come, follow us on this short walk.

On one of the days, we went on a casual walk around the park and discovered some of the sightings among the greenery of the park. Come. follow us on this short walk.

One of the many things you will find around the garden is sculptures. Each sculpture has its own meaning and story behind it.

The Passing of Knowledge?sculpture you see right here is located at the?Sun Garden.

Walking around the garden, it’s normal to see many trees around you.

However, what makes the Botanic Gardens special, is that it’s the home to many centuries-old?heritage trees.

If you love to explore heritage trees, there is a guide at the Botanic Gardens entrance and they can help you trace all the century-old trees there.

And among all the trees you will find there… there’s one that you must not miss it.

It is this world-famous Tembusu Tree of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Ok… I’m not sure if it is really ‘world’ famous, but it is one significant tree that is somehow the ‘icon’ of the garden. The tembusu tree is also the tree you see in Singapore’s $5 note!

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There are also interesting discoveries at the garden. We didn’t notice it until we took a second look!

Did you see what we see below?

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The first picture shows a?squirrel?up on the tree biting its fruit.

The second one (which is quite difficult to see) is a big?spider?resting on a big web it casts. Look at how amazed my friend is when he saw that!

Here are also some of artistic shots of the Botanic Gardens flowers which my friend took. Simply splendid.

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Visitors’ Information

Opening Hours:

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Opening hours: 5am to 12 midnight daily
Admission Fee: Free

National Orchid Garden

Opening hours: 8.30am to 7pm daily (last ticket sale at 6pm)
Admission Fee:

Adults : $5.00
Students
Senior Citizen (60 years and above)
Children (below 12 years) : $1.00

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Opening hours: 8.00am – 7.00pm (last admission at 6.30pm)
The Children’s Garden is closed on Mondays (except when it falls on a designated public holiday)

Admission Fee: Free

The Children’s Garden is open to children up to 12 years old. All children have to be accompanied by an adult.

Library of Botany and Horticulture

Opening hours:
9.00am – 5.00pm (Mondays to Fridays)
9.00am – 1.00pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
Closed (Public Holidays)

How To Get There?

MRT: Alight at Botanic Gardens MRT Station (Circle Line), take Exit A, which will direct you to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Bus: You can get to the Botanic Gardens by public bus. Bus numbers that will bring you to the Gardens:

SBS Transit: 7, 48, 66, 105, 123, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 174
SMRT: 67, 75, 77, 106, 171

Taxi: You can flag down a taxi at any part of Singapore, and ask the driver to send you to Singapore Botanic Gardens. You can alight at the Taxi stand at the Visitor Center along Cluny Road.

Specific directions to the Botanic Gardens? Click here!

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Yay or Nay?

Yay:

Why you might love the Botanic Gardens:

  • A calm and peaceful garden for strolls
  • Lots of wildlife, orchids and heritage trees
  • Big grassland for activities (good for kids and pets to roam around)
  • Our foreign friends love it! (they want a hideout from the city)

Nay:

Why you might not love the Botanic Gardens:

  • Nothing for you to buy (hardly any shops!)
  • Can be boring or too quiet for you (if you’re hyperactive person)
  • Can be hot and humid on some days

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What Say You?

Have you been to the Singapore Botanic Gardens? Do share your stories at the Gardens with us in the comments below!

 

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