Ranked 194 among Places to Visit in Singapore
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Forming one of the most gorgeous entrances to the magnificent Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Swan Lake is a large, beautiful, man-made lake that adds to the scenic beauty of this national park. Considered the oldest water ornament of Singapore, this massive lake spans an area of 1.5 hectares and a depth of 4m, housing a pair of elegant mute swans which have given this water body its name.
Constructed in 1866, the Swan Lake was initially called Main Lake and First Lake before the addition of the graceful duo who were imported from Amsterdam. A beautiful, almost realistic bronze structure of swans in the midst of their ascent adorns the centre of Swan Lake, rightly named Flight of Swans. This structure was designed by Eng Siak Loy, a famous Singaporean artist responsible for the creation of many stamps and coins of Singapore. In addition to the swan duo that has made this lake famous, visitors will also come across pigeons, ducks, butterflies, terrapins and catfish by the water, enjoying the serenity of the location. Come here to soothe your mind and lose yourself in the clear water of this tranquil lake, while watching local wildlife skip and laze around by the cool aura that surrounds the area. It is an ideal place for a relaxing picnic with friends and family.
While Swan Lake can be enjoyed from any place around its perimeter, it is best experienced from the Swan Lake Gazebo, a garden shelter made of cast-iron and a wooden roof resembling a piece of history left behind by the Victorian era, a favourite amongst tourists and visitors for its charming ambience. Swan Lake also serves as a connector to the Pulai Marsh, the newest addition to the Botanic Gardens found at the Keppel Discovery Wetland.
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