Is Gardens By The Bay really Singapore’s best tourist attraction?
While planning our trip, when we searched for the “Top things to do in Singapore”, Gardens by the Bay was always among the top 3. After going through photos and reviews, we did feel it was a must visit tourist attraction in Singapore. Everybody was talking about the colorful flower dome, the gigantic mountain in the cloud forest and the alien looking supertrees. Didn’t want to miss out on the popular tourist destination, we finally bought the tickets.
What our visit taught us is…. it is a lot more than a Billion dollar tourist attraction. It stands as a symbol of ecosystem conservation. It creates awareness about the most threatened habitats in the world. It tells us how our actions are impacting climate change. It is also an epitome of cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. That being said, it still is a beautiful place. It is a great idea of converting a tourist place flocked by millions of people every year into a platform of creating awareness about dangers to our ecosystem and that’s what we really liked about Gardens By the Bay.
Here’s what you can expect from a 1-day tour to Gardens By The Bay, Singapore:
Dome 1: Flower Dome
You can feel the cool-dry Mediterranean climate as you enter the dome. What an eclectic sight it was!!! A 1.28-hectare area that showcases more than 1000 species of flowers and plants from various geographies. It tells the story of plants and their intimate relationships with Man and the ecosystem. The flowers and decorations keep changing every quarter. So you might find something new everytime you visit this place.
The flowers, plants and the artificial decoration in the dome is not just eye-catching but there are information boards placed at most of the spots, that teaches you, how plants adapt to the environment, what are their uses to mankind, and the threats that they face because of human activities.
Dome 2: Cloud Forest
This entire 0.8-hectare conservatory was cool and moist. The cloud forest dome replicates the environment found in tropical mountains up to 9000 feet above the sea level by keeping the temperate between 23 to 25 degree Celsius and the weather moist and damp. As you enter, your view is blocked by a gigantic mountain covered with plants such as ferns, begonias, orchids, and pitcher. As you go near the mountain, the cascading waterfalls bounce off the pool, sprinkling water droplets all over your body.
We went to the top of the cloudy mountain by taking an elevator. As we walked through the beautiful flora from the top of the mountain to the ground floor, we could see various signs that talked about the cloudy future of the cloud forests. Designwise the entire dome is truly staggering – Canopy walkways, flowers, plants and the waterfall.
“Towards the end of century, high sea surface temperatures caused by global warming will result in clouds forming at higher altitudes than they do today” – That’s the gist of Dome 2
Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway
These alien tree-looking structures are the biggest attraction in Singapore. The Supertrees are covered with more than 200 species of plants on its circumference. Photovoltaic cells on top of the Supertrees are used to harvest solar energy. Take a leisurely stroll on the 22-meter high aerial walkway that connects two Supertrees. You can see a stunning view of the Gardens from OCBC Skyway.
Heritage Gardens – The heritage gardens of the Gardens by the Bay has a free entry. These gardens are categorized into Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Malay Garden and Colonial Garden linked to the cultures of each group. We didn’t spend much time here. We just walked through these gardens on our way from the entrance towards the Dome.
To conclude: Simple Awe-spiring! That’s how we would describe our experience of visiting “Gardens By The Bay”.
Take a train to reach Bayfront MRT Station. From there, a 10-minute walk in the underground linkway will lead you to Gardens by the Bay entrance. You can also take a Taxi that will drop you directly at the entrance.
- Conservatories: Flower Dome & Cloud Forest – $ 28 for Adults and $ 15 for children below 12 years
- OCBC Skyway – $ 8 for Adults and $ 5 for children below 12 years
- Heritage Gardens – Free
Few Images from Our Trip to ‘Gardens By The Bay’