Thursday, June 9, 2011

Singapore: National Orchid Garden

This is a garden oasis in the city centre. Situated in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, the National Orchid Garden attracts both orchid lovers and people just looking for a place to chill.

Orchirds holds a very special position in the nation's heart. The Vanda Miss Joquim is the national flower of Singapore. (No, the picture below is not the Vanda Miss Joquim- I just found the closest looking).

I went on a weekday afternoon, the weather was scorching hot (but you wouldn't really expect anything else in Singapore- except maybe if it's raining). But I spent an entire afternoon there, very amazed and impressed by the beauty of the orchids. Just in case you thought it was a small collection that you could just scoot through in two hours, you better think twice. For photography lovers or flower lovers, this is the place for you.

Although I didn't manage to take any pictures of it (i think it was either too dark or I was too lazy), one particular attraction that you might be interested in, within the orchid garden, is the VIP Orchid Gardens, where you could see the orchids named after famous people, such as Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher etc.

While entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free, entry to the Orchid Gardens is $5. However, the $5 is totally worth it, when you feel the joy surrounded by the beautiful orchids! Plus if you are a student or 60 years and above, you just need to pay $1. It is free for children below 12 years!

For more information, you may visit the website at:

(p.s. Bring your water bottle, a fully charged camera, and a hat/umbrella!)

Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569


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