Covering an area of 82 hectares, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is today home to more than 10,000 species of fauna and a wide variety of wildlife. Within the garden visitors can find numerous attractions including The National Orchid Garden (the world’s largest orchid display), a heritage museum on the history of the gardens, as well as restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens were originally designed by Lawrence Niven, who served as the Garden’s first superintendent. Over the following decades, the Garden’s role expanded as a center of botanical research and played a key role in fostering agricultural development in the region. Most notably, the experiments in the sustainable cultivation of Para Rubber, Hevea brasiliensis, helped bring great prosperity to the wide region in the early 20th century.
Today the gardens see over 5 million visitors each year and the opening times from early morning until midnight ensures that it continues to play an important role in the social life of Singaporeans. The Gardens also offer guided tours, learning zones, and live concerts by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (see here for details of upcoming events).