Words and photos by Jennifer Tham
Singapore has come a long way to offer so much more than merely a shopping haven.
A greenery within the concrete jungle, Gardens by The Bay has quickly gained its fame in being the number one attraction in Singapore on TripAdvisor.
Also the World’s Top 20 Most Checked-In Places on Facebook, there are many reasons why this place is a hit within the city.
Intended to be a national icon, which obviously is a success, the urban recreational space has attracted millions of visitors since its opening in 2011.
Consisted of three waterfront gardens, the most popular one would be the Bay South Garden where the two glass conservatories are.
First one would be The Flower Dome. It is packed with flower power where the attraction is categorised into seven gardens featuring plants from all over the world, especially the tropical regions as well as the Mediterranean.
It will never be a dull visit as exhibits on display change every few months such as “Tulipmania”, where more than 100 varieties of tulips are brought all the way from Europe recently.
The next is the Cloud Forest. It welcomes visitors with its 42-metre high “Cloud Mountain”, a waterfall surrounded with different themes of greens.
People can expect refreshing cool air in this glass forest especially when they walk near the 35-metre waterfall, or taking turns creating memories with picture-taking in front of this breath-taking scenery.
Both conservatories are glassed in special canopy where there is no additional interior supporting columns. The column-less glasshouses collect rainwater which sustains the vegetation on the Supertrees.
Enveloped in exotic ferns and vines, the Supertrees are the first thing you would see even before you stepped into the gardens.
The trees are self-sustained as they survive on solar energy as well as rainwater collected from the conservatories.
It’s especially magical at night where the trees come alive with “OCBC Garden Rhapsody”, a light and music play which takes place every night.
The attraction has also gained international spotlight as the location shoot in the film Hitman: Agent 47 as well as Planet Earth II, a documentary series where an entire episode was about the Supertree Grove.
Enjoyable for people from all walks of life, it is hard not to see why this place should be ushering in more and more visitors day by day.