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Friday, April 22, 2016

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Sometimes considered a city-state, the tiny island country SINGAPORE features one UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the southwestern part of Singapore city, Singapore Botanic Gardens feature orchids, 44 heritage trees, ginger species, and rainforest species. In addition to plenty of flowers, visitors can also see a clock tower (3.5-meter height) and a variety of sculptures. There is a Singapore Garden Festival held annually in July. On May 3rd, visitors can enter the Library of Botany and Horticulture after its renovation is complete. There is also an Herbarium, a Heritage Museum, and an Orchid Breeding & Conservation Biotechnology Laboratory. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has a website with maps, event listings, trail guides, and other important information to help visitors enjoy the serene setting. This site was established in 1859 as a British colonial botanic garden and was designated a UNESCO heritage site very recently — July 4th of last year, to be exact. It is the first and currently only tropical garden to be listed by UNESCO.

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