Singapore Botanic Gardens
Senior Citizens(60 years and Above) $1.00
Children (below 12 years) Free
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a dynamic and living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, established the first botanical and experimental garden on Government Hill (Fort Canning Hill) in 1822, shortly after his arrival in Singapore.
New attractions, such as the Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden, Coolhouse and the Children's Garden are being added to keep the Gardens relevant as a leading destination. Under the stewardship of Dr Chin, the Gardens is geared towards entrenching itself as a tropical botanical institution of international renown, a key tourist destination and a flagship park.
In the midst of looking for the swan lake, it started to rain and we had difficulty seeking shelter. I believe that my friend and I would have enjoyed the place a lot more if it wasn't for the rain - we would have had more time to explore. I used to have fond memories of the Botanic Gardens when I was a kid, so I've got to wonder - what changed?
While the Botanic Gardens seems like a good place to chill out and have picnics, I'm not one who can stand the heat and be a blood bag for mosquitoes.
Botanic gardens is full of lush greenery, where many trees and unique plants dominate the place. It is definitely a place for people who enjoy serenity and peace. It is very huge, which can take up to 3 hours to explore the place fully. Most people like to have picnics there, as there are very large green fields near the lakes and in other parts of Botanic gardens as well. Many joggers love to jog there, as the air is relatively fresher, no kidding! What I love about Botanic gardens is that many families bring their cute dogs and puppies out on a stroll at Botanic gardens. And wow, some of the dogs are really huge and fluffy! If the owners are friendly, you can even go up to pet the dogs if they allow!
There are restaurants and snacks stall in Botanic gardens itself, so you do not have to worry when hunger pangs strike you. Also, do visit the ginger garden and the manmade waterfall, they really are eye-openers and are certainly worth a visit! There is a swan lake too, where you can admire the graceful swans floating on the lake or sleeping at the marsh areas near the lakes.
All in all, Botanic gardens is the place to go when you are feeling stressful from the busy work and crazy schedules you have to meet. Here, you can find peace and serenity and enjoy a good day out in the nature.
I even spotted a few peculiar looking birds in the garden that I had never seen before and was unable to identify. It was indeed an eye-opener as I never knew Singapore could have such a variety of nature.
It is also convenient to go to the Singapore Botanic Gardens with the opening of the new circle line MRT station, aptly named Botanic Gardens. The MRT exit brings you right to the entrance of the gardens where you can begin your journey into the appreciation of nature. However, it is quite a distance to the Orchid Garden if you are planning to go there, as it is across the other end of the park.
Be sure to leave an entire day to explore the whole park and remember to apply lots of insect repellent before you go as I got bitten mercilessly during my time there since I went unprepared!
The huge stage is right smack in the middle of the green field, and there is a lot of space for us to sit on - all hundreds of fangirls. It made me realise how big Botanic Gardens is, and how clean it is. The trees provided perfect shade in the hot sun, and the environment was amazing.
I’ve never been a fan of nature so I probably won’t visit Botanic Gardens again (unless The Sam Willows is performing again). But the greenery, fresh air and animals are definitely worthy of praise.
The park is also easily accessible by train and bus, and has many scenic spots for you to take glamorous photographs for Instagram. Just remember to bring sunblock, an umbrella, sunglasses, and lots of water to combat our Singapore weather.
However, Botanic Gardens lack convenience stores or stalls that sell refreshments, which is inconvenient for many. As a prime area for tourists and park goers alike, there needs to be a convenience mart in place.
Other than that, Botanic Gardens is a great, zen place to head to when you have the occasional feels to bond with nature.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July, the Botanic Gardens is not just the nation's first UNESCO site, but also the world's first tropical garden to be in the list. If you are a nature lover, this is the place for you. The National Orchid Garden houses over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids on display and you will be surprised to know that there are flowers named after stars such as Jackie Chan.
If the nature thing isn't up your alley, gather your closest buddies and go there for a picnic! Not only is it much cheaper than cafés and restaurants, you can take this opportunity to show off how much of a culinary goddess you are. I went with a few friends a couple of months ago and it was a liberating experience. Bringing a dish each and setting our mats down for a picnic, it was a great time to chill, catch up and enjoy the cool weather. Tip: Go there after 3 when the sun isn't scorching hot!
Most amenities are well maintained, barring a few upgrading projects. The air is fresh and clean, and it gives me a sense of well-being and calmness. Some of my favorite locations include the Bonsai Gardens, which features retro 4-person swings, the Healing Gardens, containing various plants with healing and medicinal properties. There is also the vast Rainforest, which gives one the experience of trekking in an actual rainforest, here in the heart of the city.
Dogs are welcome in select areas of the Gardens, and my cousin's toy poodle loved the vast areas for exploration and sniffing. Great location for romantic strolls, picnics with family, or even an introspective journey on your own.
There are a total of three gates that lead you to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The nearest MRT being Botanic Gardens MRT (CC19/DT9), which you will find yourself at the Bukit Timah Gate. Bring along insect repellent, sunblock and water. Be sure to have a pair of comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot more than you think you will. The garden opens at as early as five in the morning and by the time, there a quite a few joggers spotted.
Do you know that certain plants can be used medicinally? To find out more, there are different guided tours every Saturday as well. The volunteer guides are knowledgeable and will not hesitate to respond to your queries if any. These guided tours are free, head down to the Visitor Centre to ask for the details. For first time visitors, you can ask for maps. First aid as well as rental of wheelchairs is available too.
If you are looking to rental spaces to hold parties or weddings, from restored colonial houses to function rooms; there are a couple of options for you to choose from.
There are various events held throughout the year, and you can check out their website for the updated list of events. Most of these events require no cost, feel free to join in!
Otherwise, you can choose to grab a mat and head down for a day of picnic and fun. With the space available at the Botanic Gardens, there will be plenty of space. Be prepared to spend about half a day or more there to engage your senses and explore the various mini gardens within the Botanic Gardens.
There is a healing garden nearer the Bukit Timah entrance. It has a therapeutic ambience and would be lovely for a solitary retreat. There is also a Food for Thought cafe which serves good pancakes and other high quality food. It is a place where one can chill with friends before or after combing the garden.
Then there is also a library, pretty unknown to most. The library contains mainly books about Botany. It has chairs and tables for one to sit and read. There are also benches outside the library where friends can meet and chat or even study together.
The Botanics is quite a peaceful place which has not fail to lose its charm even after all these years of being around.
With the added convenience, I am more willing to frequent this beautiful place that has been painstakingly furnished with the flora and fauna that Singapore is known for. The extended area of the Singapore Botanic Garden ensures that everyone has enough room to enjoy the area and freedom of nature without being bothered by the crowd. In fact, personally, it is a great place for photo shoots with the lush scenes of grass, trees, and even the lake.
My favourite way of seeing it is to enter from Bukit Timah Road, check out the children’s garden, then slowly walk the almost two and a half kilometers to the Holland Road entrance. You pass through lush gardens, wander under cool old shady trees, marvel at fascinating old colonial piles, enjoy delightful lakes, waterfalls, orchid gardens: you name it, the list of delights goes on and on.
And on some afternoons bands and orchestras perform at the sound shell in a lake surrounded by a grassed ampitheatre.
After you have had your fill, take a slow walk to the Holland Road exit and return to the bustle of the city.
This is truly a lovely place. It is a pity that the restaurants (typically) charge a premium. As do the greasy spoon providers of comfort (a.k.a. junk) food.
Forget that. There is water to drink. And there are gardens to enjoy the way gardens are meant to be, with you enveloped in their beauty, not as an observer from afar, as it is in the billion dollar Gardens by the Bay.