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Nearby Attraction 2: SBG

Chinatown, Bugis and Tiong Bahru

Chinatown at Night
The melting pot like Singapore is cultural diverse from Chinese, Malay and Indian. It is common to see mosque, Buddhist temple, Christian church and Hindu temple situated on the same road and just a stone throw away!
Today a million of Singaporeans are not Singapore-born. This tiny island has been transformed to be the international hub.

I stayed at the hostels in Chinatown and Tiong Bahru. I spent a half day visiting Bugis. I have experience to share.

Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown
Beautiful and well-maintenance heritage shop houses are lining along the road. Chinese food restaurants and food centres are the destinations of tourists, chicken rice, dim sum and porridge are the most popular dishes.

Unique architecture of 5-feet walkway is wildly seen. Chinatown is very lively. Souvenir shops, Buddha Tooth’s Relic Temple and Chinatown Heritage Centre are on the list.

Chinatown Heritage Centre,Impressive Stories Inside!
Chinatown Heritage Centre is the museum displaying difficulty lives of Chinese immigrants packed in shop houses in Chinatown until the day of thriving. Worth spending an hour then you can heading to shop souvenirs from market on the same road, Pagoda Street.   

See for information and cultural events.

Sultan Mosque Gate, Bugis

Haji Lane, the Trendy Shopping Place, Bugis

This district consist of 2 major area; Arab street and nearby is the Islamic community. Bugis village and nearby is the modern shopping paradise.

Distinguished landmark is Sultan Mosque, the spiritual place for Arabic and Malay people. For shopping and eating; Persian carpet shops on Arab Street, trendy fashion stores and pubs on Haji Lane and Arabic stuffs and food on Kampong Glam.

For cultural site, Malay Heritage Centre at Sultan Gate Street is recommended.

See for information and cultural programmes.

Art Deco Style Residences, Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru
The trendy art village and Art Deco style flats are the characters of this residence area.

Local food centre built in old style architecture and packed with yummy food stalls meanwhile new cafes and bakery shops are mushrooming.

I didn’t have a lot of things to do, just eating, drinking and sight- seeing. Time passed by slowly and ended with pleasure.

Nearby Attraction 1: SBG

Having Fun in the Garden City

Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands and DUCKtours
Singapore is well known for new landmarks and man-made attractions. Traveling to Singapore is very entertaining. Everywhere is easy to reach with superb and not expensive mass transportations. The most amazing is big trees throughout the city.
5 days 4 nights trip allowed me wandering to many places but not covered all of famous sites. I skipped Universal Studios, casinos and Singapore Flyer.

Colonial District Area
Attractions I’ve visited
Colonial District and Marina Bay by DUCKtours
Merlion Park
Marina Bay Sands, Helix Bridge and Gardens by the Bay
SEA Aquarium

The Iconic, Merlion 

Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Flyer
DUCKtours is the adventurous experience to see the land and the see without vehicle changing. 1hr riding is full of stunning views and funny moments.

Merlion Park is considered the most iconic sculpture of this country. Riverside walk along Singapore River’s mount and Marina Bay is a must!

Gardens by the Bay at the evening at outdoor gardens are visitors friendly from cooler weather and free light and music show at Supertree Grove, on 19.30. When the show finished, walking to Marina Bay Sands for dinner and watching Wonderful Show on 21.30 at the bay front then finished the day trip by stepping up to The Helix, the futuristic design pedestrian bridge crossing over the bay.

SEA Aquaruim

SEA Aquarium

SEA Aquarium is my most favorite, apart from Singapore Botanic Gardens. I was really enjoyed the underwater life. Maritime Silk Road and Admiral Zheng He exhibitions have brought me to the old World with glowing imagination.

Cheap Tickets Tip:
Buy tickets at Sea Wheel shop, 3rd fl., People’s Park Centre, MRT Chinatown for SEA Aquarium, DUCKtours and other city tour tickets such as USS, Sentosa, SG Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and Night Safari.

I bought DUCKtours ticket for 23 SGD from 33 SGD
SEA Aquarium ticket for 20 SGD from 38 SGD

Prices may vary from each period. However, the cheapest prices you can get from this agent.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The First Nomination as a UNESCO WHS of Singapore

UNESCO Nominated, Singapore Botanic Gardens
My AWH trip to Singapore is the journey to explore the 155 years old garden and public park. Well, it is still in the UNESCO tentative list, not inscribed yet.

The botanic gardens where inscribed by UNESCO are Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua, Italy. It is world's first botanical garden and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, UK.

Heritage Museum, Displaying History

Heritage Museum, displaying Plants and Technologies

SBG Brief History
Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society
Designed by Lawrence Niven, a nutmeg plantation manager, who influenced by English garden style from 18th century to the time of establishment

At present 74-hectare SBG is continued to be a regional centre for plant science, research, conservation and recreation.

Outstanding Works
The introduction, experimentation and promotion of Para Rubber, the prime economical tree of Southeast Asia.
The big role of greening and transformation of Singapore into the Garden City.

Heritage Zone
Botany centre and Tanglin core is the original location of SBG. The heritage trip should be started from Tanglin gate as a loop along Heritage Trail. I limit to explore SBG only this zone. Other zone of SBG is not submitted to UNESCO as world heritage site.

A visit to entire SBG may take 1 day. For Tanglin core only, I took 3hrs with lunch at one of SBG restaurants.

Heritage Building, Ridly Hall
Heritage Building, Holttum Hall-Heritage Museum at Present
Tanglin Core attractions related to historical landmarks
Holttum Hall / Heritage Museum
Ridley Hall
Swan Lake and gazebo
Heritage trail
Heritage trees

How to explore SBG by Heritage Trail
Easy! Heading to Green Pavilion, the information desk at Tanglin gate, ask for a visitor map or download from SBG website. The map has been shown the landmarks and all routes of the gardens.

Heritage Building, Bandstand

Heritage Trail, Tanglin Core
Heritage Trees, Tanglin Core

Swan Lake, Tanglin Core

Iron Work Gazebo at Swan Lake, Tanglin Core
How to reach the SBG on the right area
Please go to Tanglin gate for heritage visit, SBG is large (76-hectare), other entrances are far from heritage zone.

I took a bus NO 174 from Orchard Boulevard bus stop (Orchard MRT exit B) to Tanglin gate. See the Gleanagles Hospital on right side and get off at the bus stop opposite the hospital. Tanglin gate is 80m from the hospital.

For private cars, parking available.