29 Jun 2012, 3.50PM
Allocating 101 hectares of prime land in the heart of the new Marina Bay South downtown area for Gardens by the Bay was not an easy decision, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of the Gardens.
While the land could have been used for more valuable commercial and residential developments, the planners felt that creating a central green space in the heart of the city not only enhances the value of adjacent land parcels but also facilitates the creation of a new iconic jewel in Singapore’s city skyline.
‘The more developed a city Singapore is, the more important it is for us to have such peaceful oasis amid our tropical concrete and expressway, in order to give us emotional well being and a sense of belonging,’ Prime Minister added.
The three gardens – Bay South, Bay East, Bay Central – serves as green lungs and peaceful sanctuary in a densely populated concrete city. Other unique features include a 128 metre long aerial skyway and 18 Supertrees.
The Gardens took 5 years and $1 billion to create. It also employs green technology, for example, horticultural waste is utilised to cool the twin domes of the world’s largest cooled conservatory.
The world's two largest cooled conservatories:
Cloud Forest – climate of the Tropical Montane region
Flower Dome – climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid sub tropical regions
More than 2,000 plant species from almost every continent, 18 Supertrees (50m high vertical gardens), and an awesome 30m waterfall could be found in the garden.
Admission Hours & Fees
Gardens by the Bay – Free (Opens 5am to 2am daily)
Conservatory – $12 (Singaporean Adult)
Both Conservatories – $20 (Singaporean Adult)
OCBC Skyway – $5 (Per Adult)
(Opens 9am to 9pm daily)
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