A hot walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens

On a normal Tuesday afternoon in Singapore, I decided to go for a walk through the Botanic Gardens. What I have to mention is that it was more than 30 degrees Celsius and at the beginning of the afternoon, so it was the hottest part of the day. Well, that is the worst moment for a walk through the gardens, but that didn’t destroy the fun.

World heritage list
The Singapore Botanic Gardens have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2015. When heritage is on this list, it is protected and this status also promotes mutual understanding between cultures. Unesco’s goal is to better preserve heritage for future generations. In the Netherlands, for example, the Rietveld Schroderhuis, the Van Nelle Factory and the Wadden Sea belong to the world heritage list.

60,000 plants

The botanical gardens were established in 1859 and since 1875 it has been an important center for science, research and the conservation of plant species. When you take a walk through these gardens, you will understand why. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you will find more than 60,000 plants and orchids. A morning, or in my case a hot afternoon, is not enough to see the whole park.

Swan Lake

Every year, around 4.5 million visitors visit this huge park, which can be visited for free. Except for hiking, you can also go mountain biking and to the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum, where the park’s director used to work. In the south of the gardens, there is also a large swan lake where you can actually feed the swans. This is quite unusual as many things are forbidden here, such as feeding pigeons. The park also offers plenty of opportunities for a bite to eat and a drink and a souvenir to bring home. For only $5 (around €3,25) and $1 for students, you have access to the National Orchid Garden. A large garden with countless orchids with the most special names. The botanic gardens have a very relaxed atmosphere until a huge cricket disturbs the peace and quiet and you have to get away as soon as possible before those insects get you in its sights. At least I did.

Waterfalls Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Gardens

Business district

The contrast between the business district and the botanic gardens is enormous. The Oasia hotel where we stay is in the middle of all the other tall buildings with their most special shapes. Fifteen minutes later you are in the middle of the park with greenery, trees and beautiful flowers all around you. A nice escape from the busy business life.

Must do

On all websites the Singapore Botanic Gardens are mentioned as a ‘must do’ when you are in Singapore. It’s great to walk around here for a few hours, take some nice pictures, have a drink or just lie in the grass. Choose to go to the park in the morning or the evening, and not in the heat of the day!

A hot walk through the Singapore Botanic Gardens

On a normal Tuesday afternoon in Singapore, I decided to go for a walk through the Botanic Gardens. What I have to mention is that it was more than 30 degrees Celsius and at the beginning of the afternoon, so it was the hottest part of the day. Well, that is the worst moment for a walk through the gardens, but that didn’t destroy the fun.

World heritage list
The Singapore Botanic Gardens have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2015. When heritage is on this list, it is protected and this status also promotes mutual understanding between cultures. Unesco’s goal is to better preserve heritage for future generations. In the Netherlands, for example, the Rietveld Schroderhuis, the Van Nelle Factory and the Wadden Sea belong to the world heritage list.

60,000 plants

The botanical gardens were established in 1859 and since 1875 it has been an important center for science, research and the conservation of plant species. When you take a walk through these gardens, you will understand why. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you will find more than 60,000 plants and orchids. A morning, or in my case a hot afternoon, is not enough to see the whole park.

Swan Lake

Every year, around 4.5 million visitors visit this huge park, which can be visited for free. Except for hiking, you can also go mountain biking and to the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum, where the park’s director used to work. In the south of the gardens, there is also a large swan lake where you can actually feed the swans. This is quite unusual as many things are forbidden here, such as feeding pigeons. The park also offers plenty of opportunities for a bite to eat and a drink and a souvenir to bring home. For only $5 (around €3,25) and $1 for students, you have access to the National Orchid Garden. A large garden with countless orchids with the most special names. The botanic gardens have a very relaxed atmosphere until a huge cricket disturbs the peace and quiet and you have to get away as soon as possible before those insects get you in its sights. At least I did.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Business district

The contrast between the business district and the botanic gardens is enormous. The Oasia hotel where we stay is in the middle of all the other tall buildings with their most special shapes. Fifteen minutes later you are in the middle of the park with greenery, trees and beautiful flowers all around you. A nice escape from the busy business life.

Must do

On all websites the Singapore Botanic Gardens are mentioned as a ‘must do’ when you are in Singapore. It’s great to walk around here for a few hours, take some nice pictures, have a drink or just lie in the grass. Choose to go to the park in the morning or the evening, and not in the heat of the day!

Botanic Gardens Singapore
2019-10-17T11:13:40+08:00april 17th, 2019|

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