The Singapore Botanic Gardens are definitely one of the top free things to do in Singapore that are cool! Just a short 5 min drive or 20-minute walk from Singapore’s main Orchard Road area, it’s the perfect quick getaway from the city bustle. Here, we summarize the reasons why you should visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Getting to the Singapore Botanic gardens
There are 4 main entrance gates to the Singapore Botanic Gardens: Tanglin Gate, Nassim Gate, Tyersall Gate and Bukit Timah Gate. You can, of course, get a car or taxi to the Botanic Gardens.
The Tanglin Gate is closest to Orchard Road and is about a 20-minute walk from the Orchard MRT station. But the most convenient is taking the MRT to the Botanic Gardens station and you will stop at the far end of the gardens by the Bukit Timah Gate.
The public buses will also get there you there. Check here for more information on the bus numbers and other MRT stations.
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SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS ENTRANCE FEE
Not only is it right in the city center, but another reason why you should visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens is that it’s free entry!
There is no entrance fee to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, except for the National Orchid Garden. The Orchid Garden is within the main Botanic Gardens and has an entrance fee of S$5.00. There is a small ticketing booth just outside the Orchid Garden where you pay the entrance fee, so you can decide then if you want to visit the orchid garden.
The main part of the garden is open daily from 5am – 12 midnight.
The National Orchid Garden and the Children’s Garden is open from 8:30am – 7:00pm daily. The last admission is 6pm and 6:30pm respectively.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is over 150 years old and is the only tropical botanic garden listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. As like many other cities around the world, this beautiful garden is located smack in the city center, just at the fringe of Singapore’s famous Orchard Road shopping district.
Another reason why you should visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens? This stunning 82-hectare beauty is the most visited botanic gardens in the world and gets about 4.5 million visitors annually!
The Botanic Gardens in Singapore has different landmarks and smaller themed gardens, so there will be something that even big groups visiting will find interesting.
There’s a Fragrant Garden, foliage Garden, Ethnobotany Garden, a Children’s Garden, Ginger Garden, National Orchid Garden, a small Rainforest, a lake, a Heritage Museum, and much more. Of all, the notable mentions for us were:
THE NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN
The National Orchid Garden is the main attraction within the Botanic Garden. Located on the mid-western side of the Garden, the hilly three-hectare site has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. Simply stunning! We almost think that why you should visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens is for this alone. Almost.
RAINFOREST (The Learning Forest)
There is a 6-hectare small tropical rainforest that is actually older than the gardens themselves inside the Botanic Gardens! Singapore is one of the only two major cities with a tropical rainforest within the city (the other is the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro).
We thought this was a cool little garden. It showcased over 400 varieties of plants used in traditional medicine throughout Southeast Asia. The layout of the healing garden is designed to signify the human body and components.
There are many reasons why you should visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens if you have a few days in Singapore. Overall, it’s beautiful, tranquil and for the most part, you feel like you have the whole place to yourself. It’s also not hot and amazingly, no mosquitoes! This is not a paid post at all, we were just simply taken by the Singapore Botanic Gardens. We spend a lovely half a day there taking in the different themed gardens then found our own little area for a picnic lunch.
Wishing you wonderful experiences,
Sue + Renesh
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Luxury Boutique Hotel – AMOY HOTEL: Designed to give guests an experiential glimpse into Chinese history. The entrance of the hotel is the original Fuk Tak Chi temple build in the 1820’s. Rooms are designed to include heritage accents and no two rooms are alike in layout and furnishing. Perfect for those who appreciate design, architecture and Chinese history. Find the latest prices for Amoy Hotel here.
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