Singapore Botanic Gardens is the pride and joy of our 'city in a garden'. While many of us know of it as a leisure spot for a weekend stroll, hike or jog, the Gardens have a history that stretches back more than 160 years. It's seen us through British colonial times, the Japanese Occupation, till today – picking up the country's first UNESCO World Heritage Site title along the way of course.
And well-deserved too. Besides its fascinating history, the Singapore Botanic Gardens can be credited with furthering botanical science and driving economic successes in a number of plant-related industries. Orchid hybridisation was pioneered here, and it's even estimated that 70 percent of the world's rubber trees have origins in our Gardens.
The gardens continue to evolve till this day. The recently-enhanced Tropical Montane Orchidetum now houses more than 1,000 orchid species and hybrids. Next up is the new Gallop Extension, which adds an adventure-themed nature playground and two bungalow-turned-galleries to the gardens' sprawling grounds. We put the spotlight on the Singapore Botanic Gardens and its best attractions.