The Singapore Botanic Gardens
If you are on a low budget but still wanted to see wondrous things out there in the world, why don’t you try cheap traveling in Singapore? With a lot of cheap hotels, restaurants and attractions, backpacking in Singapore is not as hard as everyone thought it would be. As an addition, many of Singapore’s attraction cost less and even free of admission, such as the Singapore Botanical Garden.
Singapore Botanical Garden is located in 1 Cluny Road and it is open daily from 5 am till midnight for the main Gardens. Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens’ major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance. If you are going by Mass Rapid Transit, alight at Eco Garden, the North end of the Gardens, via the Botanic Gardens Station. This new station along the Circle Line brings you closer to the junction of Bukit Timah and Cluny Park Road and provides you access to the NUS School of Law. Car Parking Facilities are also available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue for those who prefer going by cars. You can also get to the Gardens by Public Bus via Holland Road or Bukit Timah Road.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a living monument to the the founding fathers of Singapore. The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. The first Botanic Gardens, initiated by Raffles, were located on the slopes of Government Hill (now known as Fort Canning Hill). Its purpose then was the experimental cultivation of plants, such as nutmeg and clove, to evaluate their economic value and suitability as cash crops. Now it has became a revered horticultural masterpiece and verdant oasis lying close to the busy Orchard Road area. It is beloved by early morning tai chi exponents, families, joggers and nature enthusiasts. Besides playing its role as a botanical institution, tourist destination, and regional park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens also function as an international Gardens and a regional centre for botanical and horticultural research and training.
Located here also is the National Orchid Garden, lauded as the world’s largest orchid display featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, with 700 varying species and more than 2,000 hybrids. The National Orchid Garden is opened from 8.30 am to 7 pm daily and while admission is free for entering the main garden, a small fee is needed before entering the National Orchid Garden. The admission to the National Orchid Garden is $5 for adults, $1 for senior citizens (60 years and above), $1 students (please produce your student pass), and free for children 12 and below of age. Besides enjoying the flora and fauna on show, you can also wine and dine in award-winning eateries like Au Jardin and Halia. The Library Shop and Garden Shop are also excellent places to pick up souvenirs, books and plants for your loved ones. When you’re done enjoying the scenic views of the gardens, hop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.