Oasis of peace and tranquility in the big city...
11.06.2008 20 °C
Today we spent the whole day in Singapore Botanic Garden. It’s one of the most scenic places we have ever seen. This place is a ‘must see’ for every visitor to Singapore. We would recommend it to all people who find plants attractive, who enjoy moments of silence amidst nature, and those who find it romantic to sneak away in beautiful flowers.
Singapore’s oldest national park was set up in 1859 and is known worldwide today as a living museum of tropical plants, with over 2,000 species of trees and shrub, and a centre for botanical research. Spacious and beautifully landscaped, with walkways winding around the expansive greenery, the gardens cover a sprawling 130 acres. The garden can be explored in three sections. The main Tanglin Core features lush rainforest, Swan lake, a bandstand and bronze sculptures. The Central Core has the National Orchid Garden, where over 700 species of orchids are displayed, and also Palm Valley, where there are regular open-air musical concerts and performances. The Bukit Timah Core features the Ecolake and gardens of herbs, spices and medical plants. We met a great number of different birds there as well as squirrels and green crested lizards. Swans, ducks and turtles inhabit the lakes. The park is really excellent for strolling! Finally, we bought nice souvenirs in the gift shop and took refreshment in the nearest open-air Café Les Amis.
• Admission to the Gardens is free though there is a fee to enter certain parts (eg: Orchid Garden - $5/adult)
• Opening hours: daily 5am midnight