Enhancement works have just been completed at the National Orchid Garden and there are three new attractions within it.
With everchanging events and impressive installations at Gardens by the Bay, it’s no surprise that the place has became a hotspot for Singaporeans. But if you’ve always been one to avoid touristy places and would prefer to travel off the beaten path, then this is your chance to go hyper-local and visit the newly renovated National Orchid Garden.
Singapore Botanic Gardens’ new attraction
Situated at Singapore Botanic Gardens, the new attraction is titled Tropical Montane Orchidetum and is located within the National Orchid Garden.
The newly renovated interior may get you excited enough to wander off and start exploring, but to start, we recommend visiting the most notable addition first — the Sembcorp Cool House. Spanning 1,100sqm wide, this two-storey glasshouse is picturesque and out of a fairytale.
The high ceiling and lush foliage add to the glasshouse’s allure, but it’ll be difficult to enjoy the scenery if you’re perspiring from the heat. Over here, temperatures are kept at 16 to 24 degrees for the fauna and flora to thrive, so there’s no need to worry about feeling warm and sticky.
Over 1,000 orchid species from five biogeographical regions are on display at the National Orchid Garden, but you don’t have to be a botanist to admire their beauty.
The next display house on the list would be the Yuen Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection, where visitors can find plants from the mid-elevation neotropical rainforest. Since it emulates an elevation of 650m–1,000m, you can stroll along the winding path while enjoying the crisp air.
You may be tired from all the walking, but persevere on to unveil a trickling stream. Neotropical plants that are typically found in Central or South America can be found in the area, so there’s no need to travel just to see these beauties.
If you head further down the track, you’ll also be able to find other variants of orchids and pineapples.
For those who have been to National Orchid Garden before, you may be acquainted with the Tan Hoon Siang Mist House. Now, the Paleotropical garden has doubled in size and houses plants from tropical Asia, New Guinea, Africa and the Pacific Islands.
Besides these new attractions, there’s also a Lowland Habitat Trail and a Secret Ravine which boasts of richer biodiversity.
Tickets are priced as follows.
National Orchid Garden
Singapore Resident: Adults (S$5), Students (S$1), Seniors 60y/o and above (S$1)
Standard rate: Adults (S$15), Students (S$3), Seniors 60y/o and above (S$3)
Entry is free for children below the age of 12.