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Must See in Singapore: Gardens By The Bay

Places of Interest

Published on 26 Oct 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Must See in Singapore: Gardens By The Bay

Places of Interest

Published on 26 Oct 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Though Singapore is a city with skyscrapers, you can be surrounded by plants and nature. Here are 6 compelling reasons why you must see Gardens By The Bay!

In 2005, “The Gardens by the Bay” was merely a concept, a component of the government's "City in a Garden" vision, which evolved from Singapore's reputation as a Garden City. In 2012, the $1.035 billion garden welcomed its first visitor. Located close to the city central, Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares. That’s 250 acres of reclaimed land. By November 2015, the park already crossed its 20-millionth visitor mark.

Here’s why this premier urban outdoor recreation space and national icon is an absolute MUST-SEE.

Lush Greenery

The Gardens by the Bay attraction is a horticulturalist’s nirvana with over 1 million different types of flora (We’re not kidding!). There are seasonal attractions at their Flower Dome: the blush of Cherry Blossoms, the huge array of Tulips at springtime, Singapore’s National Flower, the Orchid extravaganza, and the wonderful smell of pine in the air at their Christmas Wonderland.

Waterfront Garden

Waterfront Garden Article Photo STB Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

Gardens by the Bay comprises three distinctive waterfront gardens—Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central—that make up this plant kingdom.

Award-Winning Conservatories

At The Cloud Forest, you will find a 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush green with an indoor waterfall. A cooling mist surrounds this conservatory, which makes for a great escape from Singapore’s humidity.

Award-Winning Conservatories Article Photo STB 1 Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

The Flower Dome is already a must-see as it is the largest glass greenhouse in the world. It was inducted into the book of Guinness World Records in 2015, proving another milestone for this tiny island. When it isn’t showcasing seasonal attractions, it’s home to some of the most exotic-looking plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. Think Joshua trees, giant palm trees and cactus, it promises to transport you to a whole other place.

Award-Winning Conservatories Article Photo STB 2 Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

The conservatories are the highlight of the park and are a must-see, so don’t be deterred by the admission cost: $12 for local residents and $28 for tourists, per conservatory.

Learn About History Through Plants

Take a leisurely stroll through the Heritage Gardens where you can enjoy free admission. Here you will understand a little more about Singapore’s heritage through plants. The Indian, Chinese, Malay and Colonial Gardens each showcase different plants tied to the ethnicity and history of Singapore; some indigenous to only this Asian region. The Colonial Gardens highlights the spice route and here you can find cocoa, rubber and oil palms to name a few.

As for the rest of the park, admission is free. Here you will find curious tourists and local walking groups or Instagram enthusiasts on the Skyway or Dragon Fly Bridge with great scenic photography spots.

SuperTree Grove, Garden Rhapsody Light Show

SuperTree Grove, Garden Rhapsody Light Show Article Photo STB Resized Source: Singapore Tourism Board

If you start your trip later and get there at twilight, you’re in for a treat. The SuperTree Grove gets illuminated at night with their amazing daily Garden Rhapsody music and light show. You will be surrounded by colours of the rainbow and its slow change in colours will leave you in awe. These man made, tall tree-like enchanted gardens will make you feel you’re on a scene from Avatar.

If you are left peckish after the show, there are a variety of dining options at the SuperTree Grove, from local to western.

WR Tip: We strongly suggest by this time to arm yourself with an amazing camera for night time snapshots and insect repellent. The light show comes on twice daily at 7:45pm and 8:45pm.

Special Events

The Meadow, located at Bay South Garden, often hosts outdoor events such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) or local concerts. With free admission and usually held over the weekend, check their website for upcoming events.

Where to go: Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

Opening Hours of:
Cool Conservatories: 9:00am to 9:00pm, daily
Outdoor Gardens: 5:00am to 2:00am daily

Before you go, you may like to pack some water and snacks for the walk. Of course there are quite a number of cafes in the Gardens, but you may not find a convenience store when you need one! Sunblock and mosquito repellent are key essentials here in Singapore when sightseeing, so take those along. A portable mini fan seems to be the key essential among tourists, especially if you’re planning to walk through the outdoor park.

How to get there:
The most time effective and convenient way is to take a taxi. It’s literally on the outskirts of the city so 20-30 minutes from the city central is all you need. Alternatively, you can take a 5 minute walk from Marina Bay Sands. With a bridge connector to the park on Level 4, accessibility is easy.

If you decide to take the local trains or MRT, alight at Bayfront MRT station on the Yellow Circle Line that takes you right to the entrance of the Gardens.

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