Singapore’s ever changing skyline has yet another new addition- The Gardens by the Bay! Built on reclaimed land, the entire park is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants and being here feels like being on a set of Alice in Wonderland and Avatar combined! The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, two conservatories and super trees!!
At 101 hectares, this amazing garden at the heart of Singapore’s arts and entertainment belt cost over $1 billion to build.
The glass and steel cooled conservatories bring the climates and plant life of Mediterranean and Cloud Forest regions to tropical Singapore. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions like parts of Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa and California. The Cloud Forest is a cool, moist conservatory of misty forests and a 30-meter waterfall, a replica of the climate found in Tropical Montane regions between 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level, such as Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and high elevation areas in South America. Both the conservatories are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily and admission costs $28 for adults, $15 for children.
This may resemble a scene from the movie Avatar, but what you see here are the garden’s supertrees. The Supertrees are not just aesthetic features; they also collect rainwater, generate solar power and act as venting ducts for the park’s conservatory.
The supertrees at sunset almost look unreal, from certain angles! These structures are uniquely designed between 25m and 50m tall (9 to 16 storeys) and boast vertical displays of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns. An aerial walkway linking two of the Supertrees offers visitors a breathtaking view of Bay South Garden.
The supertrees light up completely when darkness falls.
Getting there from Capri by Fraser
Driving there is a breeze, as the East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) directly connects Changi Business Park to the Marina Bay area. Head towards the city along ECP, take Exit 17A and turn left onto Marina Place, all the way through Marina Boulevard and then turn left at Marina Gardens Drive.
If you’re going there by public transport, Gardens by the Bay is located right outside Bayfront MRT Station along the Circle Line.
The outdoor gardens are open from 5.00am to 2.00am daily, while the cooled conservatories and OCBC Skyway are open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. All attractions at the Gardens are free except the two glass dome conservatories.