We have told you about some of the adventures that we had in Thailand and Bali during our Asia trip 2019. However, Singapore was also part of that trip. Once part of Malaysia, this island is one of the best places to live, with an incredibly high level of education, life quality, and technology. The Gardens by the bay are one of the hundreds of incredible landmarks around the island and in this blog, we want to tell you everything about it.
What is so special about Gardens by the Bay?
Singapore is one of the most aware nations when we talk about sustainability and ecology. The city has an incredible system of waste management and laws that protect the resources and the environment. Gardens by the Bay born as a concept to be the best example of the city’s philosophy to become “A city in a garden” or “Garden city”.
The main goal of Gardens by the Bay is rising the life quality level of their inhabitants, and the local fauna and flora. Also the control and processing of the CO2 emissions and the waste management of the city. Nowadays, this landmark is an icon of the city and receives more than 50 million tourists every year.
How to arrive at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a huge place, it has more than 100 hectares! So it is possible to reach it from different locations with different kinds of transports. Both ways are:
By Subway: The entrance is located in the Bayfront MRT Station. Be sure to take the B exit and follow the signs until the Dragonfly Bridge, after crossing it you will be at the gardens.
By Bus: You can arrive at the bus 400. You can take this bus from the Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Be sure to take the C exit and reach the bus station number 03223. Take the bus and leave on the station number 03371. This is the closest station to the entrance.
We recommend you to go by subway because it is easier to reach like that. In case you have rented a car, you can also park in different parts of Gardens by the Bay. They are 5 parking lots inside, and you need to pay 1.8 SGD per hour.
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What time is the best to visit Gardens by the Bay?
It depends a lot on how many attractions you want to visit. (We will tell you about them, don’t worry😉). Singapore is a warm and hot place, so the best is to visit the open areas during the morning or the evening when the sun is light. You will avoid sunburns or the risk of insolation or dehydration, however, don’t forget to bring a sunscreen protector with you!
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While the day is at the warmest point of the day, you can use those hours to visit some of the closed attractions like the Flower Dome or the Cloud Forest, or you could take lunch at the local restaurants.
Gardens by the Bay opens the whole day and night, and in the night you can also see a lot of incredible things, the nighttime is very good for a romantic walk.
Is Gardens by the Bay free?
Entering to the Gardens by the Bay and walking around is actually free, you are able to be there as much time as you want and even admire the light show. Although, the attractions have an entrance fee.
Attractions at Gardens by the Bay
101 hectares are a lot of space, so you can imagine how much places to visit are inside. The garden by itself is incredible, but the attractions are something from another world. You can buy the tickets online or at the ticket office inside. They can be single tickets for each attraction in case you just visit one of them, but we recommend you to buy the combined tickets to get a better price and admire all the attractions inside.
The Supertree Groove
Entrance fee: Free to watch and sit around, if you want to go on the bridge that connects them, it will have a cost of 5 SGD. The Observatory close to the trees has a price of 14 SGD.
Maybe the most famous attraction at Gardens by the Bay, the Supertree Groove is an incredible piece of sustainable engineering. They are 18 giant trees around the garden and all of them are part of a massive system for cooling the inside of the other attractions, get rid of the bio trash of the city and clean the air of Singapore.
Each tree is made of concrete wrapped with a steel skeleton arranged to sustain the growth of diverse tropical plants from Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. All these plants are suitable for vertical growth, have vibrant colors and help to eliminate the CO2 generated in the city with fast photosynthesis.
Some o the trees have also a series of solar panels to harvest solar energy and use it during the night for the lamppost all around, but mainly for the incredible light show.
Light and music show at Supertree Groove
Gardens by the Bay have an incredible arrangement of night lights all around. The light show is the maximum show and you can´t miss it! The show takes place every day at 19:45 and 20:45. The peak hours at Gardens by the Bay is between this time due to the light show, so be prepared to see a lot of people. It is better to search for a good spot before the people start to come, so you will be able to enjoy it better. You will enjoy an incredible performance between the biggest trees changing color at the rhythm of beautiful songs.
Where is the best place to see the Supertree light show?
It depends on what you prefer. A lot of people like to be at the base of the trees. Anyway, we recommend you to search for a spot from where you could watch all the trees together, the show is very impressive. Maybe you can go one night to watch it from the base, and the other one from the distance 😉
Entrance fee: 28 SGD for both the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
Gardens by the Bay takes it seriously. They literally have plants from all around the world! It is logical that not all the plants are adapted to the same environments and weather, that is why they adopted this space to make the idoneous home for plants from North and South America, Africa, Australia, and even Europe!
The Flower Dome and its partner, the Cloud Forest are the biggest columnless greenhouses in the world. The system used for refreshing the air inside is connected to the SuperTree Groove and a big Bio trash reactor that provides energy and the conditions for a good heat exchange without contaminating as a normal heat exchange system.
The Flower Dome has a constant temperature between 23 °C and 25 °C. This temperature allows the plants inside to have their natural cycles without any interruption, grow and bloom at different times of the year. Here you will be able to admire some of the most exotic and curious plants.
The Cloud forest is located next to the Flower Dome. If the Flower Dome is warm and full of tropical plants, the Cloud Forest is the perfect complement. Inside you will find the biggest indoor waterfall in the world, it is an oniric place.
The route starts at the base of the inside mountain after surrounding it and admiring the amazing flora at the base. The mountain has 6 floors and the exploration starts from the top. Each floor has amazing plants, information regarding ecology and sustainability, and incredible views.
On the top, you will find a great group pf carnivore plants from different species surrounding an incredible pond from where the waterfall begins. There is also a great collection of orchids brought directly from the Amazonas, they are very colorful and you can even admire famous species known for their good smell and unique color.
Every day, the plants need to be watered and the Cloud Forest has a magical way to do it. The Mist time allows the system to water the plants and flowers creating a magical aura. We recommend you to visit the Forest a little bit before the misting starts. The misting time takes place at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, and 20:00.
Gardens by the Bay is designed for families. So if you travel with little kids, you won’t want to miss the beautiful Children’s Garden. Located at the center of the facility, this place is full of amenities for the kids.
You can find a big maze where the kids can run and jump the whole day, different playgrounds designed for kids of different ages, and a great water park facility. The place is full of fountains and water games where the kids can run and get fresh after a warm day walking around. You can bring a swimsuit for them and there are also fitting rooms just for children.
Serene and Heritage Gardens
The Serene Garden is the most tranquil part of Gardens by the Bay. Designed to give a zen feeling, this garden is perfect for sitting around and read a book or just take a nice break after wandering around the whole day. There is a mini waterfall that makes the place very special and the sound of the water running is amazing.
The Heritage garden has beautiful displays of plants and landmarks inspired by the cultures that live together in peace around the island. There are Hindu, Chinese and Malayan inspired gardens and beautiful sculptures around that make this place very colorful and special for the locals.
Entrance fee: 20 SGD
This is the newest attraction in Gardens by the Bay. This amazing garden combines nature, science, and art to show all the greatness of Gardens by the Bay as it has never been shown before. Take a ride with 4D technology to discover the gardens in a magical way. You can also explore the four parts that make this place so special. Each part is a garden with different thematic and with different kinds of plants. From water plants to a cave cover in exotic flora. Have you ever seen the fried egg flower or the Darth Vader plant? Here is the perfect place to admire them and grow your knowledge of flowers!
How long does it take to walk around Gardens by the bay?
Gardens by the Bay are enormous! You can spend there literally the whole day and you would not be able to watch everything. We recommend you to divide your visit in two days, so you will be able to enjoy all the attractions and even enjoy the light show two times!
Gardens by the Bay, a must visit in Singapore
Spending two of the days that we had in Singapore here was the best decision. This place is an example for all the cities of the world. A prove that is posible to take care of the environment and make it part of the urban life. Can you imagine to have an incredible green area-city fusion everywhere? Don’t miss the chance to visit Gardens by the Bay.