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Visiting Singapore: Exploring Gardens by the Bay

Updated on December 13, 2013

Christmas-themed Supertree

Visiting Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens by the Bay is a relatively new addition to Singapore's tourist attractions. It's official opening date is 1 July 2012 with only the Bay South portion opened to public so far. As it is located close to Marina Bay Sands (MBS), it makes for an easy day trip. If you want to enjoy the flowers at its best, it would be good to start at the Gardens first before ending up at MBS. If you would prefer to enjoy the lighted up night view, then start from MBS, and end at the Gardens.

Christmas at Gardens by the Bay

If you have visited once, don't just stop at one visit. The exhibitions inside the Flower Dome observatory is changed constantly. For instance, in conjunction with the Christmas season, there is an on-going Christmas Sugar Mountain display designed by award-winning landscape designer Kazuyuki Ishihara. Previously, other displays included the Tulipmania and MidAutumn displays.

Walk among the "Clouds" in Cloud Forest

Highlands Atmosphere at the Cloud Forest

The moment you enter the Cloud Forest, the first thing that hits you is the cool atmosphere due to the 35-metre man-made waterfall right at the entrance. Take your time as you explore floor by floor of the mountain. If you are not afraid of heights, walk along the Tree Top Walk and Cloud Walk.

Beautiful Yellow Flower

Outdoor Gardens of Gardens by the Bay

Although the two observatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, are the major attractions here, don't forget to explore the outdoor gardens too! The outdoor gardens are admission-free and you can learn more about various herbs at the Malay Garden or learn more nature-related facts as you walk about the various gardens.

World's Largest Snail at Cloud Forest

Tips on Visiting Gardens by the Bay

If you have not visited Gardens by the Bay yet, do give it a try. It is easy to reach this place via the Bayfront MRT station. The garden is worth exploring both in the day and at night so my personal preference is to go in the evening, and stay on till night for the light show at 7:45 or 8:45 pm daily.

Special Exhibition for Christmas 2013 in Flower Dome

Kangaroo's paw inside Flower Dome

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      lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore

      lol.. Singapore is a really really safe place when you compare it to the rest of the world =D

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      Cotswold-G 3 years ago

      I was there in December and again in January / February of this year. It is probably the only place in the world that I have feel perfectly safe to wander around in a park at 11 o'clock at night. The only hazard is making sure you don't trip over any of the numerous courting couples who frequent the place that time of night!

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      lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks all for the lovely comments and voting up!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      It wasn't finished being constructed yet when I visited Singapore last time. I wish to visit this awesome garden when I pay a visit to Singapore again.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      the christmas tree- red flowers is reaaly awesome. Wow, just across the causeway, cheap way for me see such beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.....beautiful. I love to see this garden. Nice pictures as well. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up. :-)