The country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site is a showcase of spectacular tropical flora. There are also many idyllic photo spots throughout the Gardens such as Swan Lake and The Bandstand gazebo.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG), with its 82 hectares of lush landscapes, photogenic pavilions and sculptural landmarks, is Singapore’s first UNESCO heritage site. It is split into three main areas: the Tanglin Core, Central Core and Bukit Timah Core. The Tanglin Core—the oldest part of the gardens—includes a Botany Centre and the SBG Heritage Museum (Opening hours: Mon–Sun 9am–6pm), where visitors can learn about SBG’s rich heritage. Located in the Central Core tourist belt are the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre and the popular National Orchid Garden, which carries more than 60,000 plants and orchids across 1,000 species. Besides exploring the park’s open spaces, travellers can visit specialized gardens like the Ethnobotany Garden and the Centre for Ethnobotany. The garden features plants native to Southeast Asia, which are traditionally used for medicinal and craft purposes. Through interactive displays, artefacts and information panels at the centre, visitors will discover the roles plants have played in shaping the world we know today. Young visitors can cultivate a love for nature and the environment at the interactive play areas in Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. After exploring the gardens, visitors can opt for plenty of dining options in and around the area, including the one-Michelin-starred Corner House. Happening every weekend, visitors can sign up for free monthly tours led by experienced volunteer guides to discover the different themes around the gardens. For group bookings (more than 20 pax), contact them two weeks in advance for arrangement.