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Gardens by the Bay

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Timings:

Outdoor Gardens: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM,
Conservatories & OCBC Skyway: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM,
Garden Cruiser:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Outdoor Gardens: No entry fee,
Conservatories: SGD 15 - SGD 28,
OCBC Skyway: SGD 3 - SGD 5
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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Overview

Recently added to the list of tourist attractions of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a unique concept that is quickly grasping the attention of the visitors. This man-made garden is a perfect way to escape the hustle bustle of the city. Situated opposite to Marina Bay Sands, one can witness a magnificent view of the garden from its top.

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Nestled in the bay area of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic park, a new addition to the nature's basket of the island. This vast and colourful garden is spread across 250 acres of reclaimed land along the waterfront. Its famous Supertree structures offer a mesmerizing view as you traverse the skywalk over the gardens. The place is a paradise for nature enthusiasts as one gets to discover hundreds of trees and plants. The over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouse recreates chilly mountain climates. The garden is divided into three sections namely: Bay East, Bay South, and Bay Central, a garden that connects to the other two gardens made along the waterfront. Of these sections, Bay South is the largest. The world's tallest indoor waterfall in the Cloud Forest conservatory is another major spot to admire. A walk around the park also offers an expedition to the climate-controlled conservatories, and the Supertrees that are worth visiting.

Architecture of the Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay is one of the finest examples of architecture built in the history of mankind. In an attempt to preserve the rare biodiversity, plants species, history and nature they have built several structures in the premises that offer an insight into nature's world. Gardens by the bay is a collection of 12 different gardens, each one with its own USP and indulging every visitor in a different way. The different gardens are named - Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Children's Garden, Supertree Grove, Bay East Garden, Bay South Garden, OCBC Skyway, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake, Heritage gardens, World of plants, Canyon and Sun Pavillion. Together they are spread over an area of 101 hectares, forming a green space for leisure and learning, exploring the different areas displaying history, evolution, plant and animal life, biodiversity and culture.

History of the Gardens by the Bay

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With the idea of sustainable development in their mind, Gardens by the Bay was created by a design firm in 2012. The idea was announced to the public by the Prime Minister during the 2006 National Day, envisioned to become the premier outdoor recreation space of the country. For their efforts to preserve the flora and fauna they have won several awards and Gardens of the Bay is the third most popular destination of the country. It has won World Building of the Year in 2012 and the Guinness world record for Flower Dome, being the largest greenhouse structure that is home to several species of plants and flowers from different corners of the world.

Attractions at Gardens by the Bay

Flower Dome

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? A flower show inside the glass dome showcasing the rarest and beautiful flower of different regions.

Flower Dome is one of the two cooled conservatories in Gardens of the Bay located along the Marina reservoir. It is the world's largest columnless glasshouse. The distinctive feature of this manmade wonder is that is not just an architectural and modern edifice to witness but it is built to reduce the greenhouse effect and environment footprints. The interiors of the dome will take you to the different world with the Mediterranean and subtropical temperature. The dome is brimming with the variety of flowers of the tropical and Mediterranean region giving the vibrant views of nature. If the colours of nature is what you long for, then this is your place. Read more about the Flower Dome.

Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? An enclosed glass dome with environment and vistas of mountains and high altitude biosphere.

How would you like the magnificent views of the mountains amidst the concrete jungle of Singapore? The other one of the cooled conservatories is the cloud forest which is known for its high altitude artificial environment. The glass dome is built to offer the visitors the views and ambience as if they are surrounded by the mountains. There is a light cloud mist that fills the interiors of the dome and keeps the place chilly as if you are experiencing the winters and a misty waterfall with a gushing sound. Not just the beautiful mountain views you would also get to spot the diverse vegetation, rare plants and species and the environment they need to survive in. Read more about the Cloud Forest.

OCBC Skyway

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What is it? An elevated pathway with panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.

Perched at a height of 22 meters it the OCBC Skyway which is a heavenly place to take a walk on. The 128 m long aerial walkway is adorned with the beautiful installations that light up the place to give it the most beautiful look. The pathway is decorated with the trees like structures or as they like to call it the supertrees. It gets only better at night when lit by the millions of lights brightening the skyway. The illuminated trees call for light and sound show called Garden Rhapsody twice a day at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM every day. You can enjoy the undisturbed views of the skyline of Singapore including Marina Sands Bay and Gardens of the Bay and capture as many photographs as you want. Read more about the OCBC Skyway.

Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? Supertree Grove is a garden with trees like structures which hosts a light and sound show every day.

Being at Supertree grove feels like you have been picked up from the present and has been transported to some thousand years ahead of time. It is a garden with the huge structures that look like man-made trees from the future. There are 12 supertrees inside the garden and they rise up to a height of building of 16 stories. Two of the supertrees are connected by a 128 m long aerial walkway called OCBC Skyway which offers the marvellous views of the Singapore skyline. The grove is completely built on the renewable energy which runs on solar power and lots of artificial vegetation is planted on the groves for a natural environment. Read more about Supertree Grove.

Far East Organization Children's garden

Far East Organization Children's Garden, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? A kids arena with interactive play area, water rides and pool and educational programs for the kids.

Timings:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Entry: No Entry Fee

Children's garden is where the kids will find their heaven. It is a huge play station for the children with interactive play areas such as treehouse trails, a huge pool area with water fountain and water rides and an amphitheatre where they organize various contests and educational programmes for the kids. There is a seating space for the adults where they can sit and cheer for their children as they see them performing. Children's garden is the best space to find the combination of learn and play and where the kids can be set free.

Bay East Garden

Bay Easy Garden, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? A huge lush green garden for relaxation and peace amidst the city.

Timings: All day

Entry: No Entry Fee

Bay East Garden is a huge contrast to the hustle bustle of the city. Amidst the huge buildings and tall skyscrapers, it is a place to rejuvenate and find serenity. Bay East garden is the second largest area in the Gardens by the Bay. The never-ending lush greenery is sprawled over an area of 32 hectares is where you can taste the serenity of life. Located on the waterfront with fresh flowers and trees growing in every corner of the garden, you can spend your time in the garden jogging, cycling, playing and enjoying a picnic with your family and other recreational activities. You can simply find a solacing corner and enjoy the vivid skyline of the Lion City with famous landmarks like the Marina Bay and Singapore Flyer standing right in front of you.

Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake

Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? An artificial lake ecosystem where you can spot various aquatic plants and species.

Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake is an effort to create an aquatic ecosystem to preserve the rare plants and species. A futuristic approach to keep nature close to development is also a great way to explore the various species that survive in the aquatic ambience. Dragonfly and Kingfisher lake is an artificial island with a lake and planted vegetation in the vicinity. There are beautiful art sculptors adorning the whole ecosystem such as dragonflies and the most striking of them all, a floating infant. The sculptor is called "Planet" and despite weighing 7 tons it floats smoothly amidst the garden. The 440 m walkway along the dragonfly lake offers an impressive stroll along the lake with a variety of vegetation on plants and species. The best thing about the lake is that you get to explore various animal species especially the dragonflies, who have also given the name to this arena.

Heritage Gardens

What is it? A heritage garden depicting the history and heritage of Singapore and how plants have played an important part in the history of the city.

Timings: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Entry: No Entry Fee

Heritage garden is a uniquely built garden which narrates the history, culture and heritage of the city through the story of plants. The fascinating way to learn about the history is something that you'd surely like to experience in the Gardens of the Bay. The garden is themed in four parts, each one representing a different ethnic group of Singapore. The Malay Garden tells the story of life in a traditional village with its beautiful art and sculptors. Indian Garden has taken inspiration from traditional lotus flower motif called Kolam. Chinese Garden has its inspiration from writers, poets and artists. The Colonial Garden depicts the story of crops, spices and plants as 'Engines of Empire'. These garden are full of sculptors and art installations that are not only pleasing to watch but the intriguing story behind is what makes them so unique. Being here is a complete learning experience in itself for both kids and adults.

World of Plants

World of Plants, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it?
A botanical garden with a variety of plants and vegetation and their history of evolution.

Timings: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Entry: No Entry Fee

World of plants a heaven for those who appreciate nature and botany. The arena based on the theme of "Plants and Planet" is brimming with a variety of plants and tells about the evolution of life, rich diversity, fruits and flowers that grow is the biodiversity. It is divided into various theme parks. "Secret Life of Trees," tells you about the evolution and role of trees in the rainforest ecosystem. "World of Palms" is a great space to witness the rich diversity and shapes of tropical palms. "Understorey" is a learning space where you get to know stories about plants of the jungle. "Fruits and Flowers" is a vivid space full of beautiful flowers and fruits. "Discovery Garden" will take you back to the evolution theory of the ancient plants that once existed on the planet. "Web of Life" showcases the relation of rainforest flora with fauna.

The Canyon

The Canyon, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? A garden with a variety of rock formations

Timings: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Entry: No Entry Fee

Brace yourself up for some historic experience. If the history interests you then you will be mind blown to see the unique rock formations in the canyon that are brought here from China. It has Singapore's largest collection of rock formations with over 60 rock sculptors in the vicinity. Adding to the beauty of is what Gardens by the bay is best known for, the plants. The blend of rocks and plants best portrayed here.

Sun Pavilion

Sun Pavilion, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? The structure known for its desert ecosystem.

Timings: 5:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Entry: No Entry Fee

Sun Pavilion will teleport you right inside a desert with its vegetation and ecosystem that has been carefully crafted to give you the desert like experience. Another effort to safe keep the nature and plant species Sun Pavilion has the largest collection cacti and succulent plants in the whole of Singapore. They house some of the rarest cacti species that grows in various parts of the world. Some of their best collection includes the plants from Mexico, Turkey and Africa which are marked as the highlight of the place. It's your chance to come viz-a-viz with the desert life.

The Meadow - Bay South Garden

Event at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
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What is it? An open area which hosts concerts and shows.

Timings: All Day

Entry: No Entry Fee

The meadows is a grand space where you will see some of the greatest events happening in the arena. Imagine a grand outdoor space with live performances and in its backdrop the skyline of the city with beauties like Marina Sands Bay and Singapore eye. You also get the panoramic views of the attractions of the Gardens of the bay such as Super grove, conservatories and walkway. That is the beauty of this place. One can book this venue for the events which has a capacity to hold 30,000 people at a time. It's one of the most happening places in the town when it comes to attending concerts, live performances, festivals, celebrations, corporate events and big events in Singapore.

Singapore Garden Festival

Singapore Garden Festival, Gardens by the Bay
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Singapore Garden Festival is one of the most famous events in the country. If you love colours and the vibrant side of nature, then this festival is where you should be to welcome the spring in a full-fledged way. It is held every year in the month of July and August and it welcomes the new look of nature with new flowers blooming in every nook and corner of the garden. With 1,000,000 in the premises of the garden, imagine the vibrant flowers and trees that you would get to see here during the festival. The festival is held at Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, two of the biggest glass observatories of the Gardens by the Bay, that are home to the two different world of plants. While Flower Dome observatory has an exquisite variety of plants from Mediterranean and Subtropical region, Cloud Forest offers the ambience of mountain vegetation with several waterfalls, cloud mist and mountain views inside the dome. There? is no feeling like it being here amidst the bustling life of Singapore. The festival has balcony gardens, fantasy gardens, flower window, vibrant marketplace, orchid extravaganza and much more to keep you close to nature.

Timings: July - August

Ticket Prices:
Singaporeans:
Adults: SGD 20,
Children: SGD 12

Foreigners:
Adults: SGD 33,
Children: SGD 20

Where to eat?

Supertree by Indochine, Gardens by the Bay
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There are 14 eateries inside the garden. Five of them are located in the Supertree Grove which is best suited for a fine dining experience.

Indochine
USP: Located at the top of the highest supertree, it offers the panoramic views of the city's skyline.
Timings:
Main Restaurant:
Lunch: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM,
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Rooftop:
Viewing hours: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
Food & Drinks served: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Satay by the Bay
USP: Enjoy local delicacies with stunning views.
Timings:
Drinks stall: All Day,
Food Stalls: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Pollen, Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, Bakerzin, Children's Garden Cafe, Cafe Crema, McDonald's and the Conservatory Cafe are other places to eat around the Gardens by the Bay.

Restaurants at the SuperTree Grove

Texas Chicken
USP: Variety of crispy and juicy chicken delicacies
Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Bay Leaf Indian Curry House
USP: North Indian and South Indian cuisine
Timings: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Oriental Western and Bistro
USP: Fine dining experience with uber interiors and international cuisines.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

One can also eat at Hill Street Coffee Shop and Peach Garden Noodle House while within the SuperTree Grove.

Where to shop?

There are four shops inside the Gardens of the Bay from where you can buy souvenirs and memorabilia.
  • Merchandise collection: You can buy Gardens of the Bay and Singapore merchandise from here.
  • Arrival gift shop: Buy gifts, memoirs and souvenirs from here.
  • Canopy gift shop: You can buy drinks and snacks for your visit to the garden.
  • Conservatory gift shop: Souvenirs shop to buy Gardens of the Bay souvenirs.

Tips

  • Book your tickets online in advance to avoid the last minute stress.
  • There are separate tickets for the different attractions of the Gardens. You can buy tickets for the attraction you are interested in.
  • Look out for the various educational programmes and events at the Gardens while you are visiting.
  • In case you don't want to walk or you are accompanied by a specially-abled or senior citizens, you can get a buggy ride.
  • It gets really crowded on the weekends. Be prepared for a lot of tourists and long queue during the weekends.
  • There is a system of re-entry in the domes, in case you want to come back, you need to get a re-entry stamp on your arm.
  • There is a lot of walking in the garden. Make sure you carry light luggage and wear comfortable footwear.

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All year round

  • By Bus: Bus Number 400 arrives directly at the Gardens by the Bay bus stop. The International Plaza, Anson Road Bus Stop, located by the C Exit of the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, is the best way to access this bus.
  • By MRT: The nearest MRT station to reach Gardens by the Bay is Bayfront. It is specially built for the visitors of the Gardens. Bayfront station lies on circle line or downtown line. Once you get here, take the exit from Gate B and further an underground linkway. You need to exit and cross the Dragonfly bridge and Meadow bridge into Gardens of the Bay.

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