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Gardens by the Bay

True to the Garden City moniker, Singapore’s 21st-century take on a botanic garden seamlessly blends man-made technology with the wonders of nature.
Gardens by the Bay is a billion-dollar dreamland of sci-fi biodomes and hi-tech sculptures spread over 101 hectares. There’s everything from a Mediterranean flower dome and a tropical cloud forest to modern artwork.
Soaring up to 50 metres high, the 18 Supertrees are vertical gardens that house exotic plants, generate solar power and mimic the ecological function of trees. Visit at night when they come alive with an exhilarating light display.

Botanic Gardens

When in the Garden City, you simply have to visit its most iconic greenspace.
Dating back to 1822, Singapore Botanic Gardens was established by Sir Stamford Raffles, the country’s founder and a keen naturalist. Perched on the edge of Singapore’s shopping district, the tropical garden and Unesco World Heritage Site has been consistently ranked as Asia’s top park attraction since 2013.
Open from 5am until midnight every day of the year, its 82 hectare-spread is home to more than 10,000 species of plants. Every year the gardens welcome over 4.5million visitors, making it one of the most popular of its kind worldwide. Don’t miss the National Orchid Garden.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

At the heart of Chinatown, this Tang dynasty-style temple houses what is believed to be the sacred tooth of Buddha.
The relic, reportedly Buddha’s left canine tooth recovered from a funeral pyre in northern India, is held in a two metre-tall solid gold stupa weighing some 420kg on the top floor in the Sacred Light Hall. Although only monks can access the inner chamber, visitors are able to observe their ritual ceremonies twice a day.
More religious artefacts (think: bone and tongue relics) can be found throughout. The temple also has a rooftop garden with a prayer wheel, a teahouse and a theatre.

Joo Chiat Road

Singapore may be famed for its modern buildings – Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade and the ArtScience Museum. Yet its the postcard-perfect rows of shophouses that are perhaps its most distinguishing architectural attribute.
In 2011 Joo Chiat Road was declared Singapore’s first Heritage Town. Here 1920s pastel-hued terraces with ornate facades are the best places to sample Peranakan culture – a blend of Malay and Chinese tradition and style.
Earmark a few hours to properly explore the area. You’ll find traditional Nonya clothing, handicraft and food – try laksa or otak-otak. Discover more about this unique culture at the Intan or the Eurasian Heritage Centre. The area is especially busy following Ramadan.

    Gardens by the Bay

    Botanic Gardens

    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

    Joo Chiat Road

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