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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Do you plan to visit Singapore Botanic Gardens at late night to complete your trip in Singapore? No worries! This botanic garden opens till 12 midnight every single day of the year. You can go there as many times as you like because the admission is FREE except for the National Orchid Garden.

Why visit Singapore Botanic Gardens?

Its beautiful tropical gardens setting, lovely flowers, wide variety of trees, historical value, research centre on horticulture and regional flora e.g. pioneering the orchid hybridization, attractions such as the Ginger Garden, Evolution Garden, Cool house, Jacob Ballas – the Asia’s first Children’s Garden, and live performances has made it outstanding as the most beautiful garden in the region.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

To us (my husband and I), this garden is a wonderful place to go for a simple stroll, watching some children rolling on the turf – laugh with them, have a picnic, immerse in the lush greenery of the garden, get some fresh air, and enjoy life as it should be.

We also like to sit around the lakes do nothing! There are three lakes inside the garden, Swan Lake, Symphony Lake and Eco-Lake for your choice of quiet spot.

Spread over 52 hectares of land, the current gardens was founded by an agri-horticultural society in 1859 which then handed it over to the government and today is maintained and managed by NParks Board.

Do you want to have a peep on what’s inside the garden?
Look at this walking guide as printed on the Singapore Botanic Garden’s brochure.

Walking toward the Symphony Stage from visitor centre, you’ll see the Cool House and then the National Orchid Garden. You shall be ready with S$5.00 notes to enter this place. It’s cheap, isn’t it? You’ll love seeing gorgeous orchids grow inside this 3 hectares garden.

By the way Orchid is Singapore National Flower.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Do you want to bring back some of them as souvenir? Turn your head to the souvenir shop adjacent the Orchid Garden then. You’ll find live hydroponics orchids in test tubes for unique souvenirs, gold plated orchid brooch, painting, batik, post card, and many other things for everyone at your home country.

As you walk further, you’ll see the Ginger Garden with its spectacular diversity of tropical gingers and their relatives. It’s a good spot for photography! Heliconia, palm trees, small hiding place behind the water fall, etc. add to the relaxing ambience offered by this place.

If you continue your walk toward the Swan Lake, you’ll see approximately 7 beautiful sculptures for your camera. Of course on top of the list is the Flight of Swans sculpture.

Well, now if you go back to the visitor centre and walk to the other side of the garden, you’ll find the Evolution Garden, Bamboo Reflexology Path, Eco-Lake and right to the end is the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. This side of the garden is ideal for jogging!

Some of the bird-lover friends told us that they found many type of seasonal bird here. If you are one of them, you shall stay longer here with your camera equipment then.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Evolution Garden is an interesting place especially for children but it’s also good for all ages! This 1.5 hectare will tell you story from the forming of the earth, how plants help us to have a life to today modern world.

How to get to the Singapore Botanic Garden?

  1. By Bus:
    • To alight along Holland Road: Bus no. 7, 105,123,174, 75, 77, and 106
    • To alight along Bukit Timah Road: Bus no. 48, 66, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 186, 67, and 171
  2. By Car/ Taxi:
    • Alight/ park at the visitor centre car park located at the junction of Cluny Road and Nassim road.

You may take note that basically there are 4 major entrances to the gardens: :

  • Visitor Centre at junction of Cluny and Nassim Road
  • Tanglin Gate at junction of Holland and Napier Road
  • Cluny Park Gate along Cluny Park Road
  • Tyersall Avenue access to the National Orchid Garden and Ginger Garden

Most of tourist bus will enter the garden via junction of Cluny and Nassim Road as it’s nearest to the visitor centre.

Opening Hours:

  • Singapore Botanic Gardens(except the Orchid Garden): 5.00am to 12.00 midnight daily.
  • National Orchid Garden: 8.30am to 7.00pm daily. Last ticket sale is at 6.00pm.