Thursday, November 16, 2017

Singapore - The Botanical Gardens

Singapore is often called the Garden City, so of course we had to visit the botanical gardens.

The gardens from the outside look like two large domes, with posts that look like large trees in a large courtyard in front of them.

As you enter the gardens after paying the entry fee, you see a waterfall with two walkways that circle the perimeter of the entire building letting you look down upon the natural beauty before you.

Flowers are all around you as you stroll through the gardens.

There are multiple levels to the gardens, including a lower level forming a cave complete with stalagmites and stalactites.

Ascending the highest walkway around the inside of the dome, to the cloud forest, we looked down through the mist left by the waterfalls.

The large posts outside in the shape of trees are lit up at night.

Each night there's a musical show with the trees all pulsing different colors.

As we visited during the National Day celebrations, the songs were distinctly patriotic and stressed the unity of Singapore's people and that Singapore was their home.

Yes, they were really pushing the "One Nation Singapore" theme.

The gardens are a really beautiful spot to see in Singapore, with an amazing variety of flowers and plants from the tropics and elsewhere, and the night show with all of the posts pulsating in time to the music was really neat to watch and the gardens are well worth visiting and enjoying.


MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

Thanks for the pics. I was watching a show on Netflix called "Commando" and it was based on the Singapore Armed Forces and yes they stress the "Our Land Our Country", especially after the fall out from splitting from Malaysia in 1967 I think?...

Aaron said...

Yes they've got a country with three major ethnic groups, three major religions and over the past decade let in a million or so guest workers to keep the population up and viable.

To say there's some undercurrent and tensions and a need to keep people patriotic and happy to be living there would be an understatement. Native Singaporeans tend to work their tails off in a high-stress environment and the government would prefer they don't up and leave for other climes.