Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens was inscribed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site on 4 July 2015. The Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The Gardens is a dynamic and living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and a keen naturalist, established the first botanical and experimental garden on Government Hill (Fort Canning Hill) in 1822, shortly after his arrival in Singapore. He aimed to introduce cultivation of economic crops such as cocoa and nutmeg. However, without a full-time salaried director and sufficient funding, the garden languished and was closed in 1829, after Raffles’ death.
The 150-year old Singapore Botanic Gardens is a main visitor attraction of Singapore and popular with local residents. This Gardens possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments providing visitors educational and recreational facilities.
Singapore Botanic Gardens is located at 1 Cluny Road. Singapore 259569. It is on the outskirt of Orchard Road shopping district. Admission to the Gardens is free and it is open every day from 5am to 12 midnight. Touring the garden will take at least 2 hours with some spending as long as 5 hours. The Gardens cover an extensive area of 82 hectares (as on 2016), you will find many joggers in the morning and evening. It is also a popular outing place in the weekend and public holiday for families. There are few restaurants and cafe so you do not have to travel far for lunch or refreshment and coffee.
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