For many travelers, Singapore is mainly a stopover destination. Most travelers also just stay in the city center and don’t explore the whole of Singapore. However, one very underrated place amongst tourists is the Chinese Garden in the west of the city. It is a big beautiful park with a Japanese Garden, a Bonsai Garden and a few Pagodas that is very well maintained. On Sundays, you will find many Indian-Singaporean families picnicking and playing cricket on the grass – you will be getting a true Singaporean experience here.
During the week, the Chinese Garden is rather empty and you can just walk around and explore. While walking through the park you will spot various different animals such as turtles, monitor lizards, and beautiful butterflies.
Entrance to the garden is free and you can visit it daily throughout the whole year.
Walking in through the east entrance, you will walk towards a beautiful seven-storey-high pagoda. You can climb the stairs of the pagoda to get a nice view of the garden. Walking further to the right you will pass by a couple of stone statues of Chinese heroes guiding you to the lake that is surrounded by the Chinese Garden.
The Bonsai Garden
This garden opened in 1992 and is a beautiful little part of the garden with beautiful Suzhou-style buildings. Walking through the Bonsai Garden, you will feel like you are in the middle of China. The Bonsai Garden is a very picturesque place where you can take amazing pictures and even spot some monitor lizards.
The Japanese Garden
This part of the garden is designed in a way that it will make you feel like as if you were in the middle of Japan. There are beautiful red arched bridges and a few rock waterfalls. Close to the Japanese Garden, there is also a live turtle and tortoise museum which is a great place to visit with kids. You will get to see about 60 different species and experience the feeding of some of the turtles and tortoises. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Twin Pagodas
The Twin Pagodas are a very photogenic area of the Chinese Garden. When you go up the stairs to the top of one of the pagodas, you will have a wonderful view of the Chinese Garden. In ancient times, pagodas were actually used to store the bones of humans by the Buddhists. Nowadays, it is mostly a place of worship.
How to get to Chinese Garden
Getting to the Chinese Garden is quite easy, no matter where your accommodation is located. Coming from the east or city center, you need to take the green line (East-West Line) in the direction of Joo Koon. Get off at the MRT stop Chinese Garden and you are basically there. You will already see the big Garden from the MRT. Just walk towards the big white Pagoda and you will be in the Garden in no time.
Have you ever been to the Chinese Garden?
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