Whether you are a nature lover, an admirer of art or more of an architecture enthusiast, Gardens By The Bay will satisfy them all. The green space spans 101 hectares close to the CBD and incorporates a number of different indoor and outdoor gardens. After 3.5 years living in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is still one of the top attractions I recommend to visitors. Here are 5 reasons you should visit Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.
1. Three destinations in one
The glistening glass conservatories known as the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome replicate different climates and altitudes so you experience the flora of a humid tropical mountain range or the cool-dry Mediterranean. Add to that the four themed outdoor gardens that reflect the native equatorial environment of South East Asia and you have experienced three destinations in one.
2. High-tech conservatories
The soaring faceted glass structures that envelope each conservatory, are not only attractive but engineered to allow visible sunlight to enter while rejecting much of the heat. The Flower Dome is also credited with being the world’s largest column-less greenhouse. This is gardening for the 21st century!
3. Exhibition of public art
The Gardens are scattered with 40 sculptures from local and international artists.
4. The world’s (second) tallest indoor waterfall
Within the misty Cloud Forest is a 35m tall mountain from which cascades what was for years, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. That is until Singapore outdid itself in 2019 with the 40m Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi Airport.
5. Luminous Supertrees
The Supertrees are a group of artificial trees of varying heights up to 50m. The grove of 18 Supertrees act as vertical gardens, collect rainwater, duct air for the conservatories and generate solar power. Elevated walkways join some of the trees, allowing you to catch a great view of the surrounding gardens and greater Singapore. The manmade structures reminiscent of Africa’s Baobab trees are covered in a variety of plants and wired with solar cells that power “Garden Rhapsody,” a light show to a soundtrack incorporating epic movie themes songs from Jurassic Park to The Little Mermaid. The largest of the Supertrees also houses a restaurant with a rooftop lounge, offering a great view and dinner in one.
When to visit Gardens by the Bay?
I recommend visiting Gardens by the Bay in the late afternoon and staying until just after sundown. This gives you the benefit of seeing the conservatories by day and then experiencing “Garden Rhapsody” when the Supertrees light up in the evening.
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