Located adjacent to the Marina Reservoir in central Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is the top tourist attraction in Singapore. It is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land. It has won several awards and accolades for being one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations. It comprises of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The gardens have a wide range of rare plant species ranging from those grown in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats. Bay South is the largest of the three gardens that opened in 2012 and has beautiful flora and fauna including the iconic Supertrees. The gardens also regularly hold signature festivals, music concerts and movie screenings. Bay East is the second largest garden and offers a stunning view of the Singapore skyline. Bay Central still needs to be developed.
The gardens are open daily.
I visited the gardens early this year with my friend and photographer Aik Beng Chia, a native of Singapore. It was my first time in Singapore and I was grateful to be shown around by a local. After a brief visit to the Bay East gardens, we spent most of our time in the Bay South gardens. The gardens were packed with tourists from all over the world including single travelers, families with small children and couples. Floral displays in the Flower Dome showcased rare Orchids and Blossoms. Halfway through our visit, we stopped for a coffee at the Hill Street Coffee Shop located in the South Bay gardens. While the restaurant had a good ambience, the service was very poor and the food was very expensive. Here are some pictures from my visit to the gardens.