Chinese Garden Singapore
Based on Chinese gardening art, this beautiful 13.5-hectare garden was built in 1975. The Chinese Garden Singapore was designed Prof. Yuen-Chen Yu, a renowned architect from Taiwan. The architectural features of the garden are very beautifully integrated with the natural environment. The model of the garden is based on the landscaping and architectural style of the Sung dynasty of the Northern China and that is why you will see a pair of majestic stone lions at the entrance.
The garden was renovated and repainted in 2015. In 2016, the garden saw a boost in the visitors after sightings of a rare Pokémon (famous game) animal. Chinese Garden is set on an island in Jurong Lake and offers a sweet, calm and tranquil environment.
How to Reach Chinese Garden Singapore
If you are in Singapore, take MRT and there is a dedicated Chinese Garden MRT Station. The garden is usually open from 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM, every day. The admission is free. There is a small kiosk at the garden that sells drinks and snacks. The Chinese garden is connected with the adjacent Japanese garden. You can easily visit both on a single visit.
These days, Chinese Garden is closed for renovations and will re-open by the end of 2021 with many new exciting features that I will mention below.
10 Beautiful Attractions at the Chinese Garden Singapore
This garden’s main entrance is an attraction itself. If you are coming by MRT, you will cross a beautiful red bridge. The roof of the main entrance has green tiles with three arches. It makes you feel that you are entering into another dimension.
The Stone Lions of Chinese Garden Singapore
These two massive stone lions are placed at the entrance of the garden. Both traditional Chinese lions are sculpted out of the fine imported marble which was imported from Taiwan. The texture of the marble lions is cloudy-grained. Many ancient Chinese temples and royal buildings had the same stone lions as the guards. These two lions mark the authority, protection and joy according to the Chinese tradition.
13-Arch Bridge of Chinese Garden Singapore
After you pass by the two marble lions, you will see a 13-arch white rainbow bridge. The design of the bridge is impressed by the 17-arch bridge at the Summer Palace in Peking, now known has Beijing, China.
Main Arch Building of Chinese Garden Singapore
Main Arch Building is located at the end of the 13-arch bridge. This is a standard Chinese arch building and a famous spot for pictures. The building has two courtyards and a fishpond in the center called “Fishes Paradise”. The main Arch building was home to the live turtle and tortoise museum.
The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum
Currently, The Turtle and Tortoise Museum has been shifted to Orto Leisure park. The museum exhibits a private collection of different species of turtle and tortoises which are kept in tanks and enclosures. The museum also displays turtle and tortoise related items. You can also purchase the turtle food and feed them.
The Stone Boat and Tea House
This stone boat structure is based on a traditional Chinese architecture style taken from Peking with some additions to the design. This is an astonishing example of a beautiful art that is admired and praised all over the world. The tea house is a miniature structure inspired by the Summer Palace of Peking (Beijing), China.
Pagodas of Chinese Garden Singapore
In Ancient times, the Pagoda was used for keeping the human bones by Buddhists. Pagoda used to be a simple tower located beside a temple. As the time passed, Pagoda became a traditional structure of architectural beauty.
The Chinese Garden Singapore has a 7-storey Pagoda called “Cloud Piercing Pagoda” on a small hill. The style of this structure is impressed by the style of Linggu Temple Pagoda in Nanjing, China. There are two more Pagodas which are 3-story tall each. All of them are accessible for the public from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You can climb up to enjoy the lovely views of the garden and the lake.
Bonsai Garden of Chinese Garden Singapore
The Garden is designed as the largest Suzhou-styled bonsai garden of its kind outside China. It has a collection of more than 2000 bonsais which are imported from China and other parts of the world. The beauty of the garden must be seen to be believe.
This 5,800 square-meter garden was launched in June 1992 as an addition to the Chinese Garden Singapore. The garden is open from 9:00 Am to 5:00 PM daily. This place also offers a bonsai training course. You can learn this wonderful art of cultivating small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-sized trees.
The Pavilion, Plateau and Tower
The pavilion, plateau and the tower are a fine example of the Chinese gardening art. Their typical Chinese architecture is very attractive. The four pavilions are decorated and designed in the Northern Chinese style.
Garden of Abundance
Garden of Abundance is famous for the 100-year-old pomegranate trees and the 12 Chinese zodiac animal sculptures. This is relatively new addition to the garden. Initially, it was called Zodiac & Pomegranate Garden, but the name was changed later. The 100 years old trees are brought from Shantung, China.
Renovation Plans and New Editions
The Chinese Garden Singapore has been closed for renovations and will open in the last months of 2021 with some new and exciting editions. Most of the existing and famous attractions will be retained in the park. The Turtle and Tortoise Museum has been shifted to Orto Leisure Park.
A new event lawn will be added with a capacity of 7,000 people to increase the community experience in the garden area. A bamboo tunnel will be planted with fragrant flowers where the visitors will feel a cool fragrant breeze. This breeze will be generated through a waterfall. An impressive addition will be the Vegetable Factory Café, which will feature the menus with freshly grown vegetables from the garden. A natural rambling trail is to be added which will encourage children to learn about the natural biodiversity in a natural environment.
To add to the sunset pleasure, a Moon Lantern Terrace will be added. This terrace will be lit up like lanterns, which will reflect the moon’s phases.