Singapore Sights – Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 158-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Singapore Botanical Gardens is open from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every day of the year. There is no admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden within the main gardens. The garden is bordered by Holland Road and Napier Road to the south, Cluny Road to the east, Tyersall Avenue and Cluny Park Road to the west and Bukit Timah Road to the North. The linear distance between the northern and southern ends is around 2.5 km (1.6 mi). There are a number of entrances in different zones of the gardens, but the Tanglin Gate facing Holland Road in the south is the grand entrance.
Amongst the gardens found inside includes a small tropical rainforest (perfect place to walk in the shade of many trees), the Ginger Garden that features a spectacular walkthrough waterfall, three lakes, namely Symphony Lake, Eco-Lake and Swan Lake, and the lush lawns of Palm Valley are a popular spot for picnics and outdoor concerts.
The National Orchid Garden
The National Orchid Garden’s admission fee is $5 for adults, $1 for students and seniors (aged 60 and above), and free for children under the age of 12. Is it worth it? In a short answer, yes. The very design of these orchids is, one could say, ‘hand-crafted’ by the Gardens’ horticultural staff, dedicated to bringing out the finest in any hybrid cross.
With over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display, the splendour of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold at the National Orchid Garden. Inside is also a building that features VIP Orchids and explanation of the making of a dream hybrid/ Another special garden is the Celebrity Orchid Garden that features orchids made for world-known people, mainly politicians and royal members.