Where: Gardens by the Bay, Central Region, Singapore
In 2005, Singapore’s leader announced their vision to transform the metropolis into a “city in a garden,” to improve the quality of life for the city’s nearly 6 million residents and, of course, to draw in tourists.
The 101-acre gardens that we now know as Gardens by the Bay marks the beginning of this awe-inspiring transformation.
These gardens are unlike any botanical gardens you’ve ever seen before, that is unless you’re one of the 50+ million people who have already visited the gardens since they opened in 2012.
Gardens by the Bay is made up of three areas; central, east and south, each with their own mix of distinct flora from around the world.
Bay Central Garden, the smallest of the three precincts, offers scenic waterfront views and serves as the link between the east and south gardens.
Made up of a series of large tropical leaf-shaped gardens, each with its own distinct theme, the Bay East Garden borders the Marina Reservoir to reveal a famous view of the Singapore skyline, including the popular Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore flyer.
The Bay South Garden is the largest of the three, and arguably the most famous. It is made up of two conservatories, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome (which is the world’s largest columnless glasshouse), as well as Supertree Grove, a collection of 18 tree-like structures between 25 and 50 metres tall.
They may not sound like much, but the images really do speak for themselves…
With so much beauty to explore across the 101 acres, it’s hard to tell you what to fit into a one-day itinerary.
Explore all the gardens if you can, but if you’ve only got one day, stick to the south gardens.
Bay South Garden
Start the day at the Cloud Forest, where you’ll enter into a tropical jungle, or at least experience the humidity of one. Head over to the indoor waterfall, one of the largest in the world at 35 metres, and get close enough to be sprayed for a cool refreshing break from the tropical atmosphere.
Continue on the Cloud Walk through a tunnel of greenery up to Cloud Mountain, where you can take in the views from the top. Then enter into Crystal Mountain Cave to see a bunch of real stalactites and stalagmites – just some of the rare and unique natural displays Cloud Forest has to offer.
Next, head over to the Flower Dome, the world’s largest greenhouse, to see the magnificent floral displays. Enjoy a cooler, less humid atmosphere as you experience plants from different parts of the world. The dome is made up of several gardens, each with its own theme, that vary throughout the year.
And if you feel like stopping here for some lunch, there is a restaurant inside the dome suitably named “Pollen.”
Head over to Supertree Grove to catch the Supertrees at golden hour. Each supertree is a vertical garden that has been designed to mimic the function of real trees; the conversion of energy. Just like the other gardens, these too are home to countless species of exotic flora.
For a panoramic view of the Gardens, head up the OCBC Skyway, an elevated walkway between two of the tallest trees. Make sure you’re still there when the garden comes alive for the nightly music and light show, Garden Rhapsody. It’s certainly not one to miss!
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Are you interested in learning more about Gardens by the Bay? Visit Gardens by the Bay, Singapore here.
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