Singapore Botanic Gardens (1, Cluny Road) is undoubtedly Singapore's best free attraction. I will not say a "tourist" attraction because not as many tourists go there as they should. Seriously, what a place. One full day will not be enough to see this endless expanse of nature. The botanic gardens started as an experimental economic garden in 1859 and have been under government management since 1875. Inside there are not just plants and trees but also lakes, residences, an open-air theatre, and even a whole rainforest. There is an orchid garden too in this complex, which is called Singapore's "National Orchid Garden". The orchid garden itself will take a few hours to see. Its huge and its beauty is beyond words. Yes, the Orchid Garden is not free for adults but requires a SGD 5 entry fee. Children (up to 12 years) go free while senior citizens (60 plus) & students pay a concessional entry fee of SGD 1. The orchid garden opens daily from 8.30am to 6.00pm. The Botanic Gardens open earlier at 5.00am and close at midnight. Keep reading...
|Singapore Botanic Gardens|
Being there the whole day may also not be enough given the choices this place offers. One can go for a simple walk, a day picnic, or to watch an open-air free musical concert in the evening.
|Open Air Theatre at Singapore Botanic Gardens|
Every Saturday (except 5th Saturday in a month), there are free guided walking tours in the gardens for which one can register 15 minutes before the tour at the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre. The tour timings are 9.00am, 10.00am, and 4.00pm.
|National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens|
|National Orchid Garden Singapore|
Knowing the sky-high prices of everything in Singapore, having such a wonderful free attraction is almost unbelievable. Just eat well before going to the gardens because no matter how strong your legs are, you will get tired walking inside.
How to Get to Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic gardens has its own MRT Station called "Botanic Gardens" which is the station number CC19 on the Circle (Orange) Line. Otherwise, one can go to the Orchard MRT Station, take Exit "B", cross the road to Bus Stop Number 09022, and take a bus (7, 77, 106, 123, 174, 174e or NR8) going towards Botanic Gardens. The bus will go further so be sure to get down at the bus stop number 13011 opposite the botanic gardens gate.
|Botanic Gardens MRT Station Singapore|
|Road Sign at Singapore Botanic Gardens|
Look for the signboards like in the above picture and proceed towards the Botanic Gardens MRT Station.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|