26 Feb 2021 - 3 min read
Since its opening in 2012, Gardens by the Bay has been a frequent sighting on social media that it is dubbed one of theworld’s most Instagrammed gardens. But there’s more to the Gardens than justphoto-ready spots. See why this attraction is applauded for its horticultural, sustainable, and architectural design, and start planning your visit with SingapoRediscovers Vouchers!
Spanning over 101 hectares of land, Gardens by the Bay offers a mix of free and unpaid attractions that warrant multiplevisits. If this is your first time, though, you may want to start with the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. These massive conservatories are covered with glass panels all over that allows for the plants to receive abundant sunlight and earns them the title of the world's largest columnless green houses.
Take a stroll around the meticulously landscaped gardens of the Flower Dome, where it is spring all year round. Listed as the largest glass green house by Guinness World Records, the Flower Dome houses exotic plants and flowers from 5 continents, including ancient-looking Baobabs native to Africa.
As you step into the Cloud Forest, you will be transported to a tropical mountain with a 35-metre tall waterfall flowing from its peak. Meander through the misty Tree Top Walk and Cloud Walk to enjoy the view from different elevations, and make your way to the mountain top where curious carnivorous plants are on display.
Fans of fairy tales, watch the dreamy setting of your bedtime favourites come to life at Floral Fantasy. This conservatory will charm you with its artistic arrangements of plants, foliage, and flowers divided into 4 thematic realms, aptly named Dance, Float, Waltz and Drift. Walk underneath a floral ceiling onto a forest where you will be greeted by woodland creatures and a giant sculpture made of dried and preserved flowers.
Venturing outdoors, you will find yourself in awe of the Supertree Grove. The attraction, which served as the filming location for the Hollywood blockbuster CrazyRich Asians, is perhaps one of Singapore’s most easily recognized icons. More than 200 species of tropical plants are grown on the 12 futuristic structures that make up the grove. Just as plants rely on the sunlight to photosynthesise, the Supertrees are ingeniously designed to harvest energy from solar cells.
While the view from the forest floor makes a great backdrop for your photos, the sights from the canopy are not to be missed either. Take in a bird’s-eye view of the Gardens and its surrounding Marina Bay area from the OCBC Skyway, which is suspended 22 metres above the ground.
To make the most out of your visit, spend the afternoon at the indoor gardens, such as the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Floral Fantasy. The air-conditioned conservatories will provide a pleasant environment for a walk as well as a refuge from the sun. After that, head to the OCBC Skyway to see the sunset over the skyline, and get back on the ground to save your spot for the night time light and sound show Garden Rhapsody.
Throughout the year, the Flower Dome sees some display changes corresponding to the seasons and festivities. Starting this March, you can experience the Japanese tradition of hanami or flower viewing attheir special sakura exhibit. Admire the delicate pink colours of cherry and plum blossoms while posing alongside Japanese ornaments like red torii gates and rickshaws. The mostexciting part is, you'll get to enjoy it with one of Japan's cutest characters: Hello Kitty!
Enjoy a price cut of S$10 or its multiples when booking Gardens by the Bay tickets through Traveloka. To use this promo,simply go to the Xperience page on the Traveloka app or desktop website and find Gardens by the Bay - SingapoRediscovers Vouchers.
After reviewing the booking details, you will be directed to the SingapoRediscovers Vouchers Portal where you can log in using SingPass and choose the amount you wish to redeem. Copy your unique SRV code and apply it on the Traveloka checkout page immediately. Once you have completed your payment, the tickets will appear on the My Booking page.
As a COVID-19 safety precaution, Gardens bythe Bay may limit the number of visitors. To avoid denied entry, don’t forget to book a time slot here, especially if you plan to visit on weekends and public holidays!