Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens, the incredible, monumental site of nature. The Gardens received an inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the World Heritage Committee on 4 July 2015. This year it’s celebrating 160 years of astonishing history. Once you visit it, you’ll desire to come back again. If you walk just five minutes from the hustle of Orchard street in the right direction you will find it. Considering the size and variety of spices you need a month of everyday visits to experience its natural treasures. But, if you have a limited amount of time, here is some advice to organize your visit the best way.
As a solo traveler, there are two possible ways to do it. You could either enter Singapore Botanic Gardens and wander around led by your instincts or book yourself a tour with volunteer guides. If you wish to explore a specific part of the gardens, you should choose these tours. Whatever decision you make, take at least half of a day to spend there. This amount of time is enough just for feeling the joy of being connected with nature. You will only scratch the surface of this magnificent park.
Four garden cores and two additional benefits
Singapore Botanic Gardens has four unities and two distinct parts:
- Tanglin Garden – presents the heritage core of the garden with ancient favorites
- Central – a part which gathers all tourists at some point
- Bukit Timah – an educational unit where you will discover a variety of charms
- Tyersall Gallop – created in 2017 by opening the Learning forest which is integrated with huge and impressive rain forest
- Heritage trees – contains thousands of years old trees
- Sculptures – donated artworks to give style and elegance to this preserved nature
Each of these unities has its specific species. They tell a different story about their unique origins. You can find everywhere maps and written guides in order to navigate around. Everything is nicely connecting for you to have an endless walk losing a sense of time. However, if you like to follow the exact pats, there is a free map to download in advance: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/-/media/sbg/documents/sbg-map-jul-2019-full-res.jpg?la=en&hash=96E39B0B71A2444EDD2F98B1E7685D99ED85D31B
Treats you shouldn’t miss
If you are a botanic junkie you can book a tour called The ethnobotany of the jackfruit tree family. It is fascinating to know that the jackfruit tree is the largest in the world. The fruit its self can weight over 50kg and you can find it in Singapore markets. A tour is open for tourists from 15th December till 15th March every year.
For instance, I enjoyed Swan Lake which you can discover starting from Tanglin Entrance. If you feel the peace, as I do, simply watching the surface of the lake and dancing shadows reflecting the shapes around it, follow the path. See the swans at their elegance and appreciate the moment! You’ll be charmed for sure:-).
In addition, there are a lot of happenings in this wonderland. Every month you can see exhibitions, concerts, educational events or workshops. To feed your curiosity, visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens Library or Singapore Herbarium online.
How to get to Singapore Botanic Gardens and what’s the ticket price
You can reach Singapore Botanic gardens in three ways:
- Use buses no. 174 and 174e starting from Old Hill St Police Station to Opp Singapore Botanic gardens and pay only 1-3$. Then you walk for about 15 min.
- Take a taxi for a small price of 6-8$.
- And the healthiest way, go for a walk which takes 1hour and 10 min.
Singapore Botanic Gardens are open every day from 5:00 – 24:00 and guess what! Above all, the entrance is free of charge! So, you may have a magical day for just a few dollars. There are four entrances:
- First of all Tanglin Entrance
- Another one is Tyersall Gallop Entrance
- Also, you may use Nassim Entrance
- Finally, there is Bukit Timah Entrance
Things you are not allowed to do in Singapore Botanic Gardens
These are some rules that you should follow when entering Singapore Botanic Gardens which are part of Singapore’s Government’s strong will to preserve this beautiful island-city state. In short:
- Do not smoke in the Gardens
- Never light a fire or barbeque
- Please do not pluck the plants
- Avoid damaging the park’s property
- You cannot use motorized vehicles
- Do not ride a bicycle, skateboard or scooter
- Do not feed the birds
- No fishing
More details about this topic https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg/visit-us/visitor-services
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