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The Tropical Allure of Singapore and Bali

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Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco-lake. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The amazing city-state of Singapore is a contrast of ultra modern, urban design and traditional culture. Nothing expresses this contrast better than the two large public gardens of Singapore.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens have been at their current site since 1859. Laid out in the English Landscape Movement’s style by an Agri-Horticultural society, many of the features, such as the bandstand hill, ring roads, swan lake and the main gate, still remain. The Gardens were handed over to the British colonial government in 1874. In the following decades, Kew-trained botanists developed the Singapore Botanic Gardens into an important tropical institute, and today it is Singapore’s first nomination for a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An aerial view of Gardens by the Bay. Photo: Josh Schechtel

More recently, the National Parks Board had a vision of Singapore as a city in a garden and they held an international competition to design a master plan to that effect. Gardens by the Ba...

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