Don't leave Singapore without a visit to the more than 140-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens, 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.
Founded in its existing location in 1859, the 52-hectare Gardens is one of the world's great centres of botanical scholarship. It is a place of beauty and tranquility at the heart of the city.
Our walk, which leads to the National Orchid Garden, starts at the small Minden Gate on Holland Road. This gate is very close to the prominent Tanglin Gate (former Main Gate) which is closed for upgrading works until mid 2005. When facing the Tanglin Gate, the Minden Gate is to your left.
Highlights : A 3-hectare National Orchid Garden that opened in 1995 and showcases 700 species and more than 2,000 hybrid orchids; a Cool House that simulates a tropical mountain forest; a 250-species strong Palm collection (Palm Valley); an Eco Garden at the Bukit Timah location (plants with medicinal, culinary and industrial uses); and a 6-hectare natural remnant rainforest.
Opening hours : 5 am till midnight for the main Gardens;
8.30 am – 7 pm for the National Orchid Garden.
Admission : Admission to the main Gardens is free.
Admission to the National Orchid Garden is:
$5 for adults;
$1 for senior citizens
$1 students (please produce your student pass)
Free for children 12 and below of age
Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
1 Cluny Road. Singapore 259569
Visitor Service Counter Tel: 6471 7361
The Botanic Gardens Shop at the Visitor Centre carries nature books and unusual gifts .